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This Sweet Skillet Cornbread Recipe will have them running to the dinner table. It's lightly sweetened & moist on the inside with a crispy & buttery outside - thanks to the cast-iron.
Have you ever tried a skillet cornbread recipe?
If not, you should totally break out the cast iron for this. It's worth it! Your cornbread will have a perfectly golden color with a true rustic appeal.
Oh, and the edges will be perfectly browned and crisped. Pouring the batter into the hot skillet is how the magic happens. It will sizzle and immediately start to cook. It's kind of cool to watch too.
Don't have a cast iron skillet? No problem! You can find them at most mainstream stores, yard sales or even your local thrift store. If you are into online shopping, you can find the exact one I have on Amazon.
Cast iron is versatile and you can make so many recipes with it (including this Pineapple Fried Rice). They're better than any non-stick pan out there and much safer too. So chemicals won't be leaching into your food. Cast iron can also withstand high heat and maintain it really well. I highly recommend one for every kitchen.
They are so easy to clean and maintain too. Just keep them seasoned and they will be good to you. If you'd like to learn more here is a Beginner's Guide to Cast Iron Care.
What's the best flour to use for cornbread?
For this recipe, I tried out a different all-purpose flour by Wheat Montana Farms & Bakery and I was really happy with the results. It had a silkier texture which made the batter really smooth.
I didn't think much of it, but when I tasted a piece of cornbread, I was blown away. It was perfectly moist and soft. I still get really great results with my usual brands, but this was just beyond perfection!
I was really excited about my new discovery, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't imagining the whole thing before I shared the good news.
So, I tried the flour in my Pumpkin Spice Donuts and once again, I was really impressed. They were even fluffier and moister than before. I can't wait to bake more with it.
I purchased this flour at Sprouts, but I believe you can find it at Walmart and the link to Amazon is above. It is a couple of bucks more than your average brands, but I think it's worth it. Let me know if you try it out and feel the same.
Should cornbread taste sweet?
Well, that's up to you! Traditionally, there is little to no sweetener added. This cornbread has the perfect subtle sweetness from maple syrup, but it's sweeter than a classic cornbread recipe. So, if you're used to that, you may want to cut the sweetener in half.
If you use this recipe for my Vegan Cornbread Stuffing, you'll definitely want to cut down the amount or omit it altogether.
I added frozen corn kernels for extra texture, moisture and a touch of sweetness. I wouldn't leave them out because they are way too yummy! Trust me on this 🙂
I hope you'll give this recipe a shot, and love it just as much as I do. I'll be making another batch tonight with a big ol' bowl of chili.
I’d love to hear from you
If you make this Sweet Skillet Cornbread Recipe, I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.
Sweet Skillet Cornbread Recipe
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 5 tablespoons water (*see note)
- 1 cup soy milk (or any plant-based milk)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)
- 1 ¼ cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾-1 teaspoon Himalayan salt or preferred salt (I used 1 teaspoon)
- ½ cup pure maple syrup or agave
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tablespoons vegan butter , melted (+ ½ tablespoon unmelted for skillet)
- ¾ cup frozen corn , thawed
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously grease the bottom and sides of a 10-inch cast iron skillet with about ½ tablespoon of butter and let it heat up with the oven (*see note).
- Prepare flax eggs in a small cup or bowl by mixing together the ground flaxseed & water. Set aside about 10 minutes. It will thicken up and become gel-like.
- In a medium bowl add the soy milk and vinegar. Set aside about 10 minutes. This creates a vegan buttermilk (It's normal to curdle).
- In a large bowl, add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Whisk to combine well.
- To the medium bowl with the prepared buttermilk, add prepared flax eggs, applesauce, melted butter & maple syrup. Whisk to combine well.
- Now add the wet ingredients to the large bowl of dry ingredients. Combine batter gently until just combined. *Don't overwork the batter. Gently fold in corn.
- Remove the preheated skillet from the oven and close the door (Use caution - It will be very hot). Pour the batter into the pan (Use a spatula to scrape remaining batter from the bowl). You should hear the batter sizzle. This helps create crispy cornbread edges.
- Place the pan in your oven for 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown. Insert a toothpick in the middle. If it's mostly clean, it's ready! Let the pan sit on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes. If you cut it too soon, it will break apart easily.
- Cut into slices or squares and gently lift out of pan. Top with vegan butter and maple syrup if desired. Enjoy!