Triple Cornbread Loaf

Whether you’ve relied on a trusted family recipe for years or have yet to find your perfect cornbread, stop right here. This extra-moist, triple-the-corn loaf is uniquely different in a comforting and delicious way. Masa harina allows the bread to absorb and retain more liquid (in the form of creamy puréed canned corn), while cornmeal provides the subtle crunchy texture familiar to traditionalists. The result is a loaf that appeals to all.

Prep
15 mins
Bake
50 mins to 1 hr
Total
1 hr 5 mins
Yield
one 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf
Triple Cornbread Loaf

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter or lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" or 9" x 5" loaf pan.

  2. Weigh your masa harina; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the masa harina, cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  4. Pour the whole can of corn into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add the melted butter, honey, and eggs, and blend until incorporated.

  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined.

  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it into an even layer.

  7. Bake the cornbread until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.

  8. Remove the cornbread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan until you’re comfortable transferring it to a rack to cool completely.

  9. Store leftover cornbread, well wrapped, in the refrigerator for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Masa harina (translation: dough flour) is flour made from corn that’s been soaked in a solution of slaked lime (nixtamalized) to loosen its hull and soften it, which improves its texture and helps release its nutrients. The soaked corn is ground into a paste (masa), dried, and then ground again, this time into a fine flour. Due to the corn’s special treatment, neither cornmeal nor corn flour are good substitutes for masa harina.

  • Wondering what the bread in the photo above is topped with? That's softened butter mixed with snipped fresh cilantro and diced jalapeño peppers.