Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins – an easy & quick side to many dishes!
This gluten-free cornbread recipe is so easy to make – 5 minutes of prep and 20 minutes to bake! For mini muffins, allow 15 mins, but for regular-size, aim for 20 minutes for the best, wholesome cornbread muffins to go with your favourite soup or stew.
Where did cornbread originate from?
Cornbread originated from the southern part of the US, accompanying spicy chillis and eventually became a traditional side to Thanksgiving meals.
Originally, only yellow cornmeal was used in the recipe, but as cornbread evolved, flour was added to lighten the texture from gritty to a more balanced finish. Bacon fat/dripping is often added to the mixture, but as a healthier option, I like to add melted butter but feel free to replace it with bacon fat for that one-off treat.
How to serve cornbread muffins?
Although cornbread is a savoury bread, there is a hint of sweetness with the addition of maple syrup. I love serving these muffins with Chilli con or sin Carne, soups and stews to mop up the sauces as well as at Thanksgiving or Christmas as a side or stuffing.
The combination of this gluten-free cornbread and bread gives the Cornbread & Sausage stuffing interesting textures and flavours, together with the abundant amount of pecans, onions, apples, sausage meat and a medley of herbs and spices.
Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins
- 250 g yellow cornmeal or polenta
- 60 g store-bought or homemade gluten-free plain flour
- ¼ tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tbsp gluten-free baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 375 ml milk
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 60 g unsalted butter, melted
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp butter, melted, for brushing the baked cornbread
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 400°F.
- Whisk the cornmeal with the gluten-free plain flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, bicarb. of soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- Stir in the milk, lemon juice, egg, melted butter and maple syrup.
- Pour the mixture into either a pre-greased muffin tin or silicone muffin tray.
- Bake for 15 mins if making mini muffins or 20 mins for regular-size muffins. Test by inserting a toothpick in the centre of one muffin. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready.
- Once baked, brush the tops with some melted butter while the muffins are still in the trays.
- Serve immediately or keep warm in a tea towel.
- Keeps for one week chilled
- Suitable to freeze
- Defrosts quickly in the oven or air-fryer
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