Southern Cornbread Light

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by wife2abadge

I got this from the cookbook The Best Light Recipe.

Top Review by Kitty Z

This was pretty good. It did come out a little dry and crumbly for me (and even with spray, it absolutely refused to turn out of the pan; I just served it in that). But for 90 calories a slice, you can't complain. :) The flavor is good, I think using all cornmeal really helps. Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan or 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Measure 1/3 cup cornmeal into a medium bowl.
  4. Whisk the remaining 2/3 cup cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a small bowl; set aside.
  5. Pour the boiling water all at once into the 1/3 cup cornmeal and stir to make a stiff mush.
  6. Whisk in the buttermilk gradually, breaking up lumps, until smooth, then whisk in the egg and melted butter.
  7. Stir the dry ingredients into the mush mixture until just moistened and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake until the bread is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and flip the cornbread onto a wire rack.
  10. Turn the bread right-side up, cool for 5 minutes, and slice.

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