Gluten-free food is the talk of the town. If you love cornbread but you are intolerant to gluten then stay tuned because this special gluten-free cornbread recipe is specially prepared to satisfy your tastebuds. But one must know that what is gluten and why it is considered bad for our health.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a family of proteins that are usually found in organic items like barley, wheat, rye, grains, and spelt. Gluten is most commonly found in wheat. The two main proteins which are found in gluten are glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin is most infamous for causing adverse effects on human health. Gluten is a word of Latin language and it has originated from the word glue as it gives a sticky feeling when it is mixed with water.
Why Gluten is bad for health?
According to a survey conducted by NPD in 2013, a striking ratio of more than 30% of Americans try to avoid eating gluten-related products. Though many people can tolerate gluten, unluckily a large number of people feel uncomfortable after eating gluten riched products. The most common diseases due to gluten include celiac disease, wheat allergy, gluten sensitivity, and many other diseases. If you ever eat any product which is enriched in gluten and you start feeling uncomfortable, then it’s recommended to consult your doctor.
Well, well, well, enough with this gluten thing. Now let’s get back to the point for what you are here. Our finger-licking, yummy, and tasty gluten free cornbread recipe. The gluten free cornbreads can be served with the chili or these can also be served with the scrumptious sous vide short ribs.
Gluten free Cornbread Recipe
The wait is over, here comes the most awaited gluten free cornbread recipe which will fill your kitchen with the heavenly aroma of freshly baked cornbreads prepared in no time. Let’s go to the ingredients, preparation, and cooking/baking process of the yummy Gluten free cornbread recipe.
Ingredients for Seven:
- One and a half cup of coarsely ground gluten-free cornmeal (270 grams)
- Half cup of gluten-free flour, (85 grams)
- Two tablespoons granulated sugar (35 grams)
- One tablespoon of baking powder
- A quarter teaspoon of baking soda
- Half teaspoon of salt
- One cup of milk (200grams)
- Two large eggs (130 grams)
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil (77 grams)
Now let’s talk about these ingredients in detail.
Gluten free Cornmeal
Though corn is considered gluten-free, few brands and manufacturers of the cornmeal may add some gluten during the processing phase. Therefore, it is recommended to check that it has been labeled gluten-free.
It is also to be noted that the cornbread is highly dependant on the type of cornmeal that will be used to make gluten free cornbread. The texture and shape of the cornbread after using different types of cornmeal will be as follow:
Our suggestion is to use coarsely ground cornmeal. However, you are free to choose the types of cornmeal of your choice.
Gluten free Flour: Yes, we do know that cornbread doesn’t need any flour. But what if we tell you that adding a little bit of gluten-free flour into your recipe is going to increase the cornbreads shelf life by giving it a good texture? We are sure that you would love to give your recipe a little touch of gluten-free flour as it will give a tender crumb to cornbreads. Just don’t re[lace the plain gluten-free flour with almond or coconut flour. This will result in producing heavy, greasy, and unpleasantly spongy cornbread.
Sugar (Just a little): Though we are not looking for any sweet cornbread here, taking sugar out of the baking recipe is like a lose-lose situation. Moreover, sugar gives a browny touch to the cornbread. Sugar even retains the taste of corn in the cornbreads. If we exclude sugar from the recipe then it may not give the taste of pure gluten free cornbreads. However, if you don’t like sugar then you can go ahead even without it.
Baking Soda & Baking Powder : Baking powder and baking soda are being used in this recipe just for the sake of the flavor. These ingredients also play a great role in giving brownish touch to the cornbreads. Thus, using these two ingredients in a little amount gives flavor and brownish touch to the cornbreads which is impressive.
Eggs: Two eggs give an impressive and delicious lift, moisture, and flavor to the gluten free cornbreads.
Milk: Milk is a great and delicious ingredient for gluten free cornbreads. But if you are following a dairy-free diet then we suggest you use the dairy product alternative, which will also work for this recipe.
Oil or Butter: Though most gluten free cornbread recipes are prepared with butter, we suggest you use oil. Oil helps in keeping the cornbread moist. Any baking oil such as corn, soy, or canola oil can be used as a substitute for butter. But if you are in love with dairy products, you can use the butter.
Now let’s talk about the pan.
The Pan: Skillet Vs Cake Pan
If you have an eight-inch cast-iron skillet, stuff it into the oven before you preheat the oven. A hot cast-iron skillet gives gluten free cornbreads a crispy and browny exterior. When the oven reaches its temperature and your batter is ready to go just put on your oven mitts, carefully remove the skillet and grease it gently with the oil.
But if you don’t have a cast-iron skillet then nothing to be worried about. An eight-inch cake pan can also work as a substitute.
Now let’s jump to the directions of scrumptious gluten free cornbreads recipe:
Directions for Preheating
Directions for preparing the Batter
Directions for Baking:
After following this procedure, let the gluten free cornbreads cool for five to eight minutes, before slicing them into pieces.
Directions for Storing
What to Serve with Gluten-free Cornbread?
You can have the following foods with your scrumptious Gluten-free Cornbreads:
- Sous vide short ribs
- Fried Chicken
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Roast Duck
- Ice Cream
Gluten-free foods include the following:
- White rice
- Most Dairy products
- Fresh Meats
- Unprocessed beans
Is Gluten-free food good for health?
Answer: A gluten-free diet is the main treatment for people with celiac disease. Many people without this condition are also going gluten-free for its supposed health benefits.
Does Cornbread contain Gluten?
Answer: Yes, many cornbreads do contain gluten. It is recommended to always check for the labels and ingredients of industrially prepared cornbreads. Unless you made it yourself or it has a label of Gluten-free, consider that most of the bakery-made cornbreads are not gluten-free.
Can you use cornbread?
Answer: Of course, you can freeze your cornbreads. Just be sure that cornbreads have been cooled thoroughly. Wrap it gently after cooling it.