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Sourdough Cornbread Recipe

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This  sourdough cornbread has great cornbread flavor with just a little sourdough pizzaz. Baked in a cast iron skillet, this sourdough cornbread has a crisp crust with a tender,  moist, center without being too “cake like”. It is the perfect pairing with soups, stews, and chilis, and anything else you want to pair it with.
Sourdough Cornbread (The Gingered Whisk)
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Sourdough Cornbread (The Gingered Whisk)
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Sourdough Cornbread (The Gingered Whisk)

Sourdough Cornbread Recipe:

This might be one of my new favorite ways to use cornbread. Ever.
This sourdough cornbread recipe is  so quick to throw it together in the morning, let it sit all day, and then have a delicious cornbread for dinner that night. It is nice and moist, without being too “cake like”. 
The sourdough flavor here is slightly more than subtle, but not overpowering. It still tastes like cornbread, but with a bit extra pizzaz.
Sourdough Cornbread (The Gingered Whisk)

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Yield: 8 Servings

Sourdough Cornbread

Sourdough Cornbread

This skillet cornbread has great cornbread flavor with just a little sourdough pizzaz. It is nice and moist, without being too "cake like".

Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 35 minutes


  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. In a large bowl mix together the starter milk, cornmeal and flour.
  2. Cover and let sit on the counter for 8-24 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, eggs, melted butter, and sea salt.
  5. Stir the wet ingredients into the soured batter.
  6. Sprinkle the baking powder and baking soda over top and stir well to incorporate.
  7. Pour the batter into a greased 8″ cast iron skillet (or 12 muffin pans, or 2 5″x9″ bread pans).
  8. Bake 35 minutes (or 15 for muffins).
  9. When golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 624mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 7g

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Thursday 17th of December 2020

This was very disappointing. Overflowed in my 9-Inch cast iron and was just not the cornbread flavor I was hoping for. I don’t recommend buttermilk if you are hoping for anything resembling cornbread. Not for me, I guess.

Jill Fisher

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Tried using buttermilk as some had suggested. Flavor was bland, not horrible tasting but would definitely not make that again. Will use regular milk next time. Love all of your sourdough recipes for discard....eventually I'll make my way through them all, new to sourdough, it's fun learning new things with each recipe! Great hands on science experiments for 3 kids I homeschool!


Monday 31st of August 2020

So I made this yesterday to go with my famous bbq ribs. There is no hope the recipe would ever fit in an 8” cast iron skillet. I used a 10” with 2” sides and it still went over the top. While tasty, it wasn’t crusty and turned out much like a focaccia that I make. Next time I would grease and preheat two 8” pans to F450 and bake at that for 10 minutes, then reduce to F350 until done,~20 more minutes.


Saturday 1st of August 2020

Baking science question please. Why do you add ha king soda and baking powder to the recipe. won’t the discard/starter feeding & fermenting create enough rise?


Wednesday 29th of July 2020

I made this to use in Belgium waffles, I was also going to make 1/2 doz muffins, both for a mini chili bowls with cornbread. Started with the waffles because they required attention (oops) and they came out beautiful. The first was a little scant but the next 3 were perfect. I used a mixture of honey, maple syrup, sugar and molasses for a less sweet more subtle taste and they browned up real good in the waffle iron. The muffins were a different story. As I put the last waffle in, I had already heated my oven and I put 6 muffins in with timer set for 6 minutes to rotate. they were very pale and hadn't risen much at all. At 15 minutes they were pale on top and felt dense when poked with toothpick. another 15 min and slight golden top and I was afraid the bottom was overdone so I took them out. After getting 1 to pop loose I realized the bottoms were very pale as well, so I quickly put them back in for 15 more, and even then they were only kind of light golden bottoms. Turns out the type of sugar can affect browning in different ways. Also my waiting 20 minutes while 4 waffles cooked first allowed the rise in the batter to deflate some, which changed how they would rise in the oven, and being dense and more moist kept them from browning well. Next time I'm using the heated cast iron skillet method and I'll start that first, as the waffle iron heats up. Very good flavor. Keeping this recipe in my rotation...

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