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sourdough cornbread

The Only Sourdough Cornbread Recipe you Will Ever Need.


Perfectly moist sourdough cornbread made the old fashioned way — in a cast iron skillet! This recipe is a great way to use up your sourdough discard. The cornbread has a wonderful light but hearty texture and a delicious flavour. Enjoy it on its own with some cultured butter, or as a side to mop up saucey dishes. You will simply never need another sourdough cornbread recipe!



370 grams cornmeal

125 grams sourdough discard

390 grams buttermilk

6 grams salt

2 grams baking powder

2 grams baking soda

50 grams whole Egg

25 grams butter for cooking

25 grams oil for cooking


  1. Preheat oven to 230°C/450°F.
  2. Add the cornmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda into a large mixing bowl and whisk until fully combined.
  3. Add the sourdough discard, buttermilk and egg to a mixing bowl and whisk until fully combined.
  4. Place a 10″ cast iron skillet over medium heat and heat until warm. Add the oil then the butter to the skillet and allow the butter to melt fully.
  5. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until fully mixed and smooth. Make sure to get into the bottoms with a spatula so that there are no dry bits remaining.
  6. Turn the heat off on the stove and then, immediately pour the batter into the hot skillet (be careful!). The batter should sizzle and sputter when you add it to the pan.
  7. Place the pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake until fully set. This should take about 20-25 minutes depending on your oven.
  8. Remove the cornbread from the oven and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes before removing the sourdough cornbread to a cooling rack.
  9. You can serve while still warm or you can place the sourdough cornbread back into the skillet and warm it up slightly before serving.
  10. Sourdough cornbread will freeze very well so you can wrap and freeze whatever you do not eat.



You can pour the sourdough cornbread batter into a non-preheated cast iron skillet or bakeware dish lined with parchment paper but the results will not be as good.