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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: 328 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 79mg Sodium: 624mg Carbohydrates: 44g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 6g Protein: 7g

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    September 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    That looks amazing! I hope mine looks as good when it comes out of the oven.

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    Robyn Fuoco
    September 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Jenni, yum, skillet corn bread slathered with butter! I have no doubt you will make many friends in your new home, enjoy the journey!

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    September 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Looks tasty- and a great twist on corn bread.

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    shelley c.
    September 21, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Hooray for being more settled and meeting people and all the FUN parts of moving! And that cornbread looks outstanding. I love the maple syrup in there – DELICIOUS!

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    Rachel Hammer
    September 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Skillet Cornbread is the best!

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    September 22, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    I love how simple this is to throw together.

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    Jelena Jovanovic
    September 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I have been moving home a lot, and the hardest part was always leaving the people you love behind while trying to make new friends! Baking and sharing made it a bit easier – I never made skillet cornbread, looks lovely – I got so many great ideas from this challenge!

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    September 23, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Sourdough cornbread was the best I've ever had!

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    July 15, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    What temp. to bake?

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      July 15, 2015 at 6:22 PM

      Hello! Bake this at 350 F!

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        June 18, 2018 at 11:08 PM

        Should the Starter be active?

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          June 19, 2018 at 1:58 AM

          You can use your discard without feeding it in this recipe, since you will feed it and let it sit all day!

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    December 12, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    I'm assuming the sourdough should be pretty active???….

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    Bowie Chow
    June 30, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    I just found out your sourdough cornbread recipe in Pinterest. I'm so happy to see that it can be used the sourdough starter to make the cornbread. To be honest, I never taste the cornbread before. So that why I really want try to make it. I have already put my soured batter on the counter for almost 4 hours and also the size expanded double already. The room temperature is 34C in my kitchen room. Is it enough? Can I go to next step to stir the wet ingredient into the sores batter?

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    Bowie Chow
    June 30, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Jenni, sourdough cornbread is really yummy! This is my first time to taste a cornbread. I really want to try to make it before. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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    Mark Robinson
    November 19, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    How coarse/fine should the cornmeal be for this?

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      November 21, 2016 at 12:48 PM

      An average grind should be just fine! If you use a course or fine grade, it will still turn out well, but a fine grind will yield a more delicate and cake-like bread and the course will be grittier and more rustic.

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        Mark Robinson
        November 21, 2016 at 12:49 PM

        Thanks for the advice

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    March 29, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Hi Jenni,

    Would it be okay to use buttermilk? It’s already cultured so I’m thinking it should’ve be a problem. Looking forward to making this cornbread in a couple days.

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      April 4, 2017 at 3:14 PM

      Hi Matt!
      Sorry it took me a few days to answer – we were on vacation and I left my computer at home! You could most definitely use buttermilk as well! 🙂

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    July 22, 2018 at 12:51 AM

    Made this today, muffin form. We loved it! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    Jenny cram
    January 18, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    I would really like to try your recipes , but you don’t give your starter recipe. I wish you would share that. Thanks

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