Make this easy cornbread, then try some of our other brilliant bread recipes, such as a simple soda bread, sourdough bread. For another recipe using cornmeal, check out these Venezuelan arepas.


  • spray oil
  • 70g plain flour
  • 90g coarse cornmeal or polenta
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp aleppo pepper or dried chilli flakes
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 210ml soured cream
  • 180ml buttermilk
  • 1 whole plus 1 yolk eggs
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 60g corn kernels, fresh or defrosted
  • butter, for frying


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 and spray a 23cm x 12cm loaf tin with oil.

  • STEP 2

    Whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, aleppo pepper (or chilli flakes) and salt in a bowl.

  • STEP 3

    In another bowl, whisk the soured cream, buttermilk, egg, egg yolk and melted butter until smooth.

  • STEP 4

    Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined. Fold in the corn kernels.

  • STEP 5

    Pour the batter into the loaf tin. Bake for 90 minutes or until the bread is deeply browned and coming away from the sides of the tin, and a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean.

  • STEP 6

    Cool in the tin on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then run a knife round the edge to turn it out. Allow to cool.

  • STEP 7

    To serve, cut the cornbread into 3cm slices and heat 1 tbsp of butter in a frying pan.

  • STEP 8

    Fry the slices for 2-3 minutes on either side until nicely charred.

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