Fresh corn season might be over, but you can still have delicious cornbread using frozen corn

Fresh Corn

Adding whole corn kernels takes this corn-bread to the next level of flavor!

Photo by Ashley Moore

By Staff, America’s Test Kitchen

Adding whole corn kernels to the usual cornmeal in a cornbread recipe makes the cornbread extra corny. Plus, pureeing the corn in a blender (along with buttermilk and enough light brown sugar to make the bread pleasantly but not overly sweet) makes it easy to incorporate while eliminating tough, chewy kernels.

This cornbread is great served with chili and is also delicious slathered with butter. Using frozen corn in the recipe allows you to enjoy this tasty morsel year-round.

Corny Cornbread

Serves 9

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all- purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with vegetable oil spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  3. Add buttermilk, corn and sugar to a blender. Place lid on top of blender and hold lid firmly in place with a folded dish towel. Process until combined, about 5 seconds.
  4. Add eggs to blender, replace lid, and process until well combined (corn lumps will remain), about 5 seconds.
  5. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to stir until mostly combined (leave some streaks of flour). Add melted butter and stir until just combined and there are no streaks of flour. Pour batter into the greased baking pan and smooth surface with spatula.
  6. Place baking pan in oven and bake until cornbread is deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove baking pan from oven and place baking pan on a cooling rack. Let cornbread cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Use oven mitts to flip the baking pan over onto the cooling rack to remove cornbread. Carefully turn cornbread right side up and let cool on rack for 10 minutes. Transfer cornbread to a cutting board and cut into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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