Corn-free “Corn Bread”

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 I made chili the other day and a couple hours before dinner, cornbread started to sound like a really good addition to the meal.  However, since we have a child with a serious corn sensitivity, corn is not a normal part of our diet.  Sometimes we make grain-free flax bread using almond flour, but our daughter is mildly sensitivity to almonds, so we have limited almond flour greatly.  Given these restrictions, I started searching for recipes.  It is quite possible that my google-fu was rusty and my impatience too great, but I quickly decided that what I was looking for wasn’t available.  So, on to plan B: do it yourself!

I wanted something with a texture similar to cornbread, but containing no corn.  We greatly downsized the flour collection when we moved, so we had rice flours available to work with, and not a whole lot more.  I decided to take a chance and modify a basic cornbread recipe to use rice flour.  Easy enough, but would it work?  Yes, it did!  Here’s what I ended up with.


Gluten free Skillet Cornbread
A delicious gluten free, corn free cornbread alternative
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  1. 2 cups kefir or buttermilk or milk + 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  2. 1 cup brown rice flour
  3. 1 cup white rice flour
  4. 2 teaspoons salt
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 2 tablespoons melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Place a 10 to 12 inch cast iron skillet in oven while preheating.
  3. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
  4. Add kefir and eggs and mix well.
  5. Stir in melted butter to make a runny batter.
  6. Once oven and skillet are preheated, pour batter into the hot skillet and bake for around 18 to 22 minutes, until golden brown.
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So, how did it turn out?  Great!  The kids were thrilled and we all enjoyed a little treat.  Some days you get luckier than others.  This is definitely going to be a repeat at our house.  The texture wasn’t so far from cornbread, though it seemed like one of the recipes with added wheat flour (heresy, I say!).  Also, I prefer an unsweetened cornbread.  This is one of those, but adding a tablespoon or two of honey or sugar would make this sweet if that is your thing.  Enjoy and have fun!


Skillet Corn Bread

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