Tuscan Style Cornbread (Polenta Bread)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

An unusual cornbread with pancetta, sun-dried tomatoes, and rosemary baked right in. Can be made in a 10-inch cast iron skillet or a 9 inch round cake pan.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F In a medium bowl combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Add 1 tablespoon oil to a 10 inch cast iron skillet or 9-inch round cake pan and place in oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and swirl oil around to coat bottom and sides.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine half-and-half, eggs, and remaining oil. Crumble in bacon, then stir in tomatoes, shallot, and rosemary. Add dry cornmeal mixture and stir just until moistened. Pour batter into skillet or cake pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
  3. Cut into wedges and serve with softened butter.
Most Helpful

Someone was bringing an Italian Bean soup to the New Year's Eve potluck and the host suggested a cornbread to go with, so I went searching here for something other than plain cornbread. This turned out to be the perfect flavors for the soup. It was a hit. I doubled it with no problem and baked it in a 9 x 13-inch oblong pan.

Outta Here January 05, 2013

This is a very unique cornbread! Not sweet in the least (which is fine with me), and an unusual assortment of flavors and textures. Truly enjoyed it, and easy to make. Will definitely make again. Thanks, Ice Cool Kitty!!!

moosehead September 21, 2010