Sweet Cornbread (Bread Machine recipe)

Cornbread from scratch is not only healthier but easy using a grain mill and your bread machine.

Cornbread is a favorite at our house. It’s the perfect accompaniment to winter soups and stews, or a nice side served in the summer with a light salad or hot dogs. Tempting as it may be to reach for a box of Jiffy, it’s very easy to make cornbread from scratch, guaranteed to taste better and be far healthier for your family than any boxed mix.

What I love about this recipe is that you bake the bread in your bread machine, so there’s no heating up the oven on a hot summer afternoon, which makes whipping up a loaf incredibly quick and hot weather-friendly.

The recipe calls for cornmeal which you can grind yourself from popcorn kernels or cracked corn.  It also calls for all-purpose flour, which you should feel free to substitute with whole wheat flour, ground oats or even another type of your favorite flour.

Grinding popcorn into cornmeal is quick and easy.

Grinding popcorn into cornmeal is quick and easy.

I used my Wonder Mill to grind popcorn into cornmeal. It is almost as quick and easy as opening the boxed mix and so much fresher and tastier!

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

2 fresh eggs, at room temperature

1 Cup milk

1/4 Cup butter, at room temperature

3/4 Cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 Cups all-purpose flour (or flour of your choice)

1 Cup cornmeal

1 Tablespoon baking powder

Add all ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed. Select the Quick Bread cycle.

Note: I also like to bake cornbread for our chickens as an occasional treat. To modify this recipe, I merely leave out the salt and sugar.

About Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily

Author, Freelance Writer, Blogger, Chicken & Duck Keeper, Knitter, DIY Crafter, Homesteader, Baker, Herb and Vegetable Gardener, Corgi Lover, Slave to the Cat. The creator of Fresh Eggs Daily®, I raise chickens and ducks on our farm in Virginia and offer tips and advice to help you raise happy healthy poultry naturally. Because Life is Just Better with Chickens !

I also love to cook and bake with farm fresh ingredients, knit, read and enjoy the outdoors. I have just started to delve into grinding my own wheat berries and corn to bake with. The WonderMill is so easy to use, and it makes anything I bake using fresh milled ingredients so much fresher. The Mill has been a very welcome addition to our kitchen.
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11 Responses to Sweet Cornbread (Bread Machine recipe)

  1. Oh nice! Awesome that you can use a bread machine for cornbread. I’ve never even thought of that! Now—to figure out how to translate BM baking times for regular oven! 😀


  2. No idea on the baking in a regular oven, but I really love this recipe for the summer because you don’t have to heat up your oven.

  3. Kim says:

    is it necessary for 3/4 cup of sugar? Can a smaller amount be used?

  4. Sandy says:

    Hi. I tried the recipe and loved it!!! So good. But…I don’t have a do t have a Quick Bread cycle. Just white, whole wheat, dough. I chose the white cycle and did not cook on the inside. Should I try the whole wheat cycle which is an hour longer? We ended up cutting it in half and finish cooking it in the oven. It was good though!

  5. Claude Saindon says:

    No yeast in recipe?

  6. Jean Kroeber says:


    Even though you don’t use yeast, your bread turns out okay when made in the bread machine? I’ve never made bread without it. It looks great and would like to try.

  7. Rev W says:

    My chickens (also) say THANK YOU! I’ve done ‘chicken cornbread’ in the oven & never thought about using the bread macine… Do you think substituting oatmeal -not the instant type – for the cornmeal would work?

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