Food & Recipes

The Best Damn Cornbread Ever (and it’s vegan)

I am not a southern girl. Anyone from Tampa, Miami, or Orlando will tell you they do NOT live in the “south.” If anything those cities resemble Latin America more closely than they do the southern United States. See, the “south” is Tennessee. West Virginia. Louisiana. Parts of Georgia (but not Atlanta). There’s a very distinct culture that comprises The South in the US and it’s never been one I identified with.

I still don’t “identify” with the south, but ever since I’ve been in France I most definitely crave some of the food they’re known for. Florida might not be the south, but you can still find some serious BBQ, biscuits and gravy, and a plethora of other things. Since being in Europe, I’ve made chili more times than I ever have in my life. I bought 4 different kinds of potato chips for an “Americana” themed party. I made macaroni salad just because I felt like it. I’m not sure what I’m turning in to, but short of buying an American Flag bikini, I’m basically a walking advertisement for my country.

Don’t ask what came over me to want to make this, because I have no clue. This turned out to be vegan and is also so freakin’ delicious, I couldn’t believe it. Eat it with chili, eat it as a side to your salad, bring it to a party, watch yourself rise to overnight stardom amongst your friends.

Let me present to you the wonder and majesty of this cornbread…


– 1.5 cups cornflour
– 1 cup all purpose flour
– 2 tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp salt
– 5 tbsp raw cane sugar
– 1 cup corn (I boiled 2 whole ears of corn, let them cool, then sliced the kernels off with a knife for an extra fresh flavor.)
– 2 cups UNSWEETENED non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond)
– 1/3 cup mild oil (I actually just used olive oil becayse it’s all I had)
– 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1) Preheat oven to 400*F/205*C
2) In a small bowl, whisk milk & vinegar and set aside.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk corn flour, AP flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until mixed well.
4) Add oil to milk mixture and mix well.
5) Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, add the corn, and stir until incorporated, but be careful not to overmix. If there’s some lumps in the batter, that’s ok!
6) Cook uncovered for 35 minutes, then once it’s finished, let it cool for another 15 mins or so before cutting and enjoying.

Over to you! What’s the food or foods that totally embody your hometown? Is there any food specialty from your home that you used to hate and now you love since moving away?

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    July 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Mmm, this looks delicious!

    I think it’s normal to get a little nostalgic about your home country when you move abroad. I grew up in Canada with Scottish parents, and I never felt a huge affinity for Canada until I moved to Scotland. Now I’m extolling the merits of Tim Horton’s over Krispy Kreme and I’m the only person over the age of 5 who reads the weather forecast in the winter and hopes it snows (yes, I do remember -40 windchills. Yes, I still think they’re better than 2-degree weather that’s dark and damp :P).

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    Johnny Kristensen

    July 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Fish, shrimps, well just about anything you can pull out of the ocean.
    I come from a small town on the west coast of mainland Denmark, but live inland now. I never hated fish before, but now I just can’t get enough of it. In Vieux Cannes, when my colleagues ordered steak and fries, I went for the monk fish.
    -Man, what a treat!

    I’m a meat lover (that happens for butchers), but if you give me the choice between a perfect steak, and a perfect fish, I choose fish any day of the week.

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    Beth Henningsen

    July 21, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I am back in the state where I was raised. But when I was first married and living in Arizona, I missed hot dish. They’re not called casseroles in Minnesota – they’re called hot dishes. And it was weird to eat out and hear the wait staff ask what kind of soda you wanted. In Minnesota I grew up calling it “pop.” I still call it pop. I don’t make hot dish much at home, since my kids don’t like their meat and vegetables mixed up, but once in awhile I’ll make one if I know they’ll both be gone for dinner

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      Erin Motz

      July 21, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      How fun! I’ve never heard anyone call soda “pop” in real life and I love a good casserole 😉

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      July 22, 2016 at 5:25 am

      We call it pop in Canada, too! I get weird looks when I say it here XD

    3. Amanda


      July 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

      We say “pop” in South Dakota, too, and I grew up saying that….but somewhere along the line I must have heard people say “soda” too much, because I find that coming out of my mouth sometimes. I think part of it is that I don’t think people will understand me if I say “pop”. 🙂

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    July 21, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    There’s the so-called kale season in my home town and we go on hour-long walks in the winter only to find ourselves in a pub eating potatoes and kale. With all the kale-craze going on right now, I almost feel guilty telling people how much I love kale (and how I used to hate it when I was younger, I would only eat the potatoes with butter) but now, after 4 years of living abroad (in three different countries) I miss walking in the cold and damp weather of northern Germany only to get some (in my opinion) over-cooked kale 😉

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    July 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    We say “pop” in Pittsburgh!! This corn bread looks delicious!

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    July 23, 2016 at 7:40 am

    We say pop in the UK too! I’m from Wales but now live in Brighton, England and make a couple of traditionally Welsh dishes for my kids (both born in England). I make a lamb stew called Cawl and I’m still perfecting my Welsh cake recipe – I think Welsh cake are something like a sweet version of what you call biscuits- they’re the best!

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    July 23, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I come from a small town in central Italy, and there’s a lot of delicious foods, but my favourites are “vincisgrassi”, which are very similar to lasagna, and “cavallucci”, a Christmas dessert with grape must, nuts and raisins. Just give me one of those foods and I will completely forget what “healthy diet” means.

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    Lynn Hall

    July 23, 2016 at 9:31 am

    We say “pop” in Michigan too – hard to say cola or soft drink!
    Growing up I was told Michigan thing only and when headed south it was misunderstood-interesting to hear so many others use it.

  9. Amanda


    July 23, 2016 at 10:16 am

    When people ask me what I miss about home, it’s usually something food related! It struck me as odd that I would feel that way, because I don’t consider myself much of a foodie, but when I thought about it I realized: food is something we’re involved with every day! So it makes sense that something that was a part of your daily life, however insignificant it seemed, would leave a hole when it’s not available. Anyway….in my part of the country, Indian tacos are a specialty. It’s fried bread with all the taco toppings. So yummy. Also, the Pizza Huts make barbecue beef pizza, something I’ve never seen elsewhere, and even though I choose vegetarian options 90% of the time, I still make an exception for barbecue beef pizza. 🙂 I’m excited to try this recipe, but while I love cornbread, I realllllllly dislike corn, so I’ll have to leave the fresh corn out of it.

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    Kristin McKee

    July 23, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Red cheese enchiladas with spur cream, beef flautas, Spanish rice that is not Tex-Mex, and fresh roasted green chile. Making my mouth water! Thsee dishes are from Southern New Mexico and El Paso. I’m now on Oregon, and I can still find some good mexican, but it’s just not quite the same.

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    July 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    If it’s remotely as good as your banana bread I know it’s gonna be awesome. I’ve been wanting to make corn bread in forever and it just so happens that I have corn in my freezer and time on my hand. So I’ll definitely try this recipe. xo

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    stacy digregorio

    July 24, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Question…is corn flour the same as corn meal?? This looks delicious, btw!

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