5 from 3 votes


A close-up of host Zoe Francois' cornbread.

This is the cornbread I make in the Sweet Corn Ice Cream episode of Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network! It’s the season finale of season 3 and sweet corn is one of the ways we know summer is winding down here in Minnesota.


If you like this cornbread, I hope you’ll give my sweet corn ice cream a try, too! It’s a must with my homemade caramel sauce.

A close-up of host Zoe Francois' cornbread.


5 from 3 votes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup 130 grams all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup 127 grams white cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp 75 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs separated
  • 2 tbsp lard
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels from about 1 large ear corn


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg yolks. Set aside.
  • Melt the lard in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the corn kernels and quickly sauté until fragrant and the corn just begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the corn to cool slightly in the pan.
  • Add the buttermilk and yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until the batter comes together. Remove the corn from the cast-iron skillet with a slotted spoon and gently mix it into the batter. Reserve the skillet with the remaining lard for baking the cornbread.
  • In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites with an electric mixer until medium-stiff peaks form. Fold them into the cornbread batter with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the reserved cast-iron skillet and bake about 25 minutes, until set and golden.
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2 thoughts to “Cornbread”

  1. 5 stars
    this cornbread is absolutely delicious….can’t get this flavor or texture from box mix…..it’s my go-to cornbread recipe from now on!

  2. 5 stars
    Lovely recipe! I almost burnt it, though, since I read the bake time wrong, as I wasn’t wearing my glasses!!! The aroma alerted me to check on it and I rescued it just in time, even though it’s a little more golden (brown) than indicated…….OOPS! All said and done…… it’s delicious!

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