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Moist Maple Syrup Cornbread

maple syrup cornbreadI’ve tried a number of different cornbread recipes, but they’ve always seemed to come out on the dry side and kind of … I don’t know … bitter is a word that comes to mind. At least a little, anyway. I mean, the end results were OKAY, especially if slathered with butter, but I wanted to find a cornbread recipe that would be moist and tasty without any butter at all.

I’m not the greatest cook, mind you, and baking is pretty hit-or-miss with me, but I pulled this simple recipe off just fine. No butter necessary.

Baking with maple syrup is a great way to appreciate its special flavor, which will come through in this quick and easy cornbread recipe.


  • 1-1/8 c. All-purpose flour
  • 1-1/8 c. Cornmeal
  • 3 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used skim and the cornbread came out fine, but you can use 1%, 2% or whole milk. I’ve even made cornbread with soy milk, but it does come out a bit different and the taste is a little different, too. Not bad, though.)
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil


And here’s what you do….

  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt
  • Add the beaten egg, maple syrup, milk and vegetable oil.
  • Stir (don’t beat)
  • Pour the mix into a greased 9×9″ pan
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

And that’s it. I like it ‘as is,’ but of course you can serve this with butter and/or more maple syrup.

Here’s another recipe I like, which goes well with a side of this cornbread…

Thick Taco Soup (or Stew)


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  1. Maple syrup instead of sugar … I can see how that would add moistness to a cornbread recipe. I bet if a person didn’t like the maple flavor (like that’s ever gonna happen, LOL) Karo corn syrup would substitute and create a similar result. I may just have to try both ways to see which I like best. I love good cornbread!

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I'm an avid hiker, a prolific writer, and a Search & Rescue volunteer with a busy, awesome team here in the Arizona high country. You can read some of my trail journals, articles, short stories and excerpts from my novels on my Hiking Writer website.

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