Confetti Cornbread

by on July 26, 2007
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During the summer, one of my most frequent meals is “fresh from the farmers’ market”: fresh peas, some greens, and cornbread. By “peas” I mean one of the many varieties of field peas available here in the South in the spring and summer, such as blackeyed peas, lady cream peas, pink-eye purple hull peas, and lima beans (aka butter beans). It’s Southern cooking like I’ve been eating my whole life, and I think I’ve grown to love it more the older I get.

I’ve written before about my standard technique for cooking field peas. Basically, they’re boiled in what becomes a flavorful broth, what we in the South call “pot likker.” When you serve them, you’d be missing a lot of the flavor of the dish if you used a slotted spoon to put them on the plate dry; instead we dip up plenty of the broth and put it on the plate, too. And when there’s broth, you need something to sop it up, right? That’s where the cornbread comes in. It’s not a side dish but an integral part of the meal!

Confetti Cornbread

I’ve tried a lot of cornbread recipes, but this is hands-down my favorite, moist and tender and flavored with little pieces of red and green pepper. You can make it spicy by adding jalapeño pepper or red pepper flakes or keep it mild by leaving them out. If you have it, use the soy yogurt, which gives a great flavor without sweetness, but if soy yogurt is unavailable, apple sauce works well too.

If you have a good, seasoned cast iron skillet, you’ll want to get it out for this cornbread, which really does taste better cooked in cast iron. Oil the skillet lightly and then preheat it along with your oven. As you pour the batter into the hot skillet, a golden crust begins to form immediately. You can get a crust using a regular baking dish, but it won’t be quite as crunchy or golden and it will take a little longer to cook.

Confetti Cornbread

As I write this, I’m sitting in the lobby of the Chicago City Centre hotel, waiting for my room to be ready. I’ll be at the BlogHer2007 conference for the next few days, so if you’re attending, please flag me down and say hi. I’ll be the one lugging around an oversized laptop and a big camera case/backpack. Well, at least I am today. I have a feeling that both of these weights are going to be left in my room, once I can get into it. I’ll try to check in and post a few photos, but I make no promises. I’m here to party!

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1 Kt August 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

I just made this recipe and it turned out so delicious! I recently became a vegetarian and follow a somewhat vegan diet (although I am a huge cheesehead – I'm weening myself haha). I'm so glad I came across your blog – everything looks great!! Thanks so much for sharing =)

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2 Anonymous August 29, 2009 at 8:51 am

I am new to this, so please bare with me. When you say 1 T enerG egg replacer powder, am I suppose to make the powder up to be like an egg, or am I just adding the powder and not mixing it with the water. Thanks, I love your site!

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3 SusanV August 29, 2009 at 9:24 am

Just mix the powder in with the other dry ingredients–no need to mix it with water first. Hope you enjoy it!

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4 moonwatcher November 18, 2009 at 3:25 pm

HI Susan,

I have been looking at this recipe for the longest time, agonizing over whether I needed a cast iron skillet, whether I had the peppers, and then how to make it gluten free. The other night I just got past all that and did it!! The results were delicious. I baked it in a corning ware baking dish, and for the wheat flour I substituted 2/3 millet flour and 1/3 cup combination of potato starch and tapioca starch. I didn't have any peppers, so I doubled the amount of corn and roasted it first. . and added some onion flakes. . plus, I used some of my own homemade soy yogurt, from your recipe, which is no quit tangy, since I am using the homemade as the starter. It came out great, truly. I am really excited about this because now there is a relative fuss free fat free gluten version of cornbread I can make for Thanksgiving that also has a wonderful texture. (My son's girlfriend eats gluten free now, too, and both of them are vegetarian/mostly vegan, so this will be fun to offer during their stay. I mean, who doesn't love cornbread, right?!)

I hope you had a lovely restorative time on your vacation.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. One of the things I am thankful for are the wonderful recipes on your blog–thanks so much for sharing them all with us!

xo

moonwatcher

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5 Seema January 9, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Hello! I browse your blog nearly every day but this is the first time I've commented. I made this corn bread today but non-confetti style, and it was DELICIOUS! I served it with chili, so I didn't want a flavored cornbread, but aside from adding the veggies I followed your recipe and it turned out fantastic. This one's a keeper! I replaced 1/3 of the whole wheat flour with soy flour and it added a nuttiness and some protein. I'm looking forward to trying it with whole corn kernels! Thanks for the recipe :)

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6 Diane February 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Susan,
Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I used the agave instead of water and a corn salsa (no tomato) that I got at Trader Joes. It was spicy, and delicious!!
Diane

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7 Katie July 19, 2010 at 3:35 am

Hello, if I was to make this using eggs rather than egg replacement powder how many would I need?

Thanks!

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8 Jeff Brand December 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Susan,
I am 100% sold on the Esselstyn, McDougall, Ornish way of eating, even though I either don’t eat the Ornish recipes that include dairy or, if possible, I alter ingredients. Finding your website was like walking unexpectedly into a surprise birthday party. We’re having Ornish’s black bean soup for dinner with your cornbread recipe. The cornbread is excellent. Keep up the great work and thank you
Jeff

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9 sharron sussman February 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Can’t I use ground flaxseed as the egg substitute in this one? It’s the only option I have…

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10 SusanV February 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

You can try using 1/4 tsp. more baking powder and 2 tsp. ground flax seeds instead of the Ener-G. Or, if you have it, use 1 tsp. cornstarch, 1 tsp. flax, and 1/4 tsp. baking powder.

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11 Maryam Bassir April 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Yum, Susan!
I knew I could count on you for a good cornbread recipe. Lucky me with my cast iron skillet: I had all of the ingrediants sans the green/red pepper and whole corn, and took the applesauce and red pepper flakes option. This is best cornbread I have ever successfully made. Now if only I could stop eating it. :-)
Thanks!
Maryam in rural AK

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12 Abbeygirl July 17, 2011 at 8:34 am

This recipe is soooooo good. I took this cornbread to a “Red Green” party and took second place with it. I think the jalapenos were a surprise to the judges!!!lol Thanks again for such great recipes.

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13 Gloria August 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Question: If I chose to use ground flaxmeal as my egg replacer, would that be alright? And if so, would you recommend I just add the meal directly to the dry ingredients, or should I combine it with the water first and add it to the liquid ingredients? Thanks much. I enjoy your blogs and website very much.

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14 SusanV August 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I would just add it in with the dry ingredients. Now, I haven’t tried it with flax, so I make no promises, but it should work. :-)

And thanks for your kind words!

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15 Ivy August 25, 2011 at 11:26 am

Hi, Susan. I made this yesterday, though I didn’t have white wheat flour so I just used all purpose and I did have red and green pepper but was too lazy to chop :) Anyway, it was delicious and, once I made the cornbread, I decided I just had to make chili to go with it. Anyway, I know this is your hands-down favorite cornbread recipe (it’s mine, too!) , but would you happen to also have a low-fat dry, crumbly recipe, too? It would be nice to have both. Every other cornbread recipe I looked up had gobs of oil in it.

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16 Ivy August 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

Hey, Susan. I think I *may* have found a recipe for low-fat crumbly cornbread, so if you don’t have one, that’s okay.

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17 SusanV August 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Hope you found one you like, Ivy. I have a corn cakes recipe (corn bread made on stove) that’s crumbly, but then I thought this corn bread was crumbly, so I might not be the best judge!

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18 Michelle B October 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I adore corn bread, and was excited to try a vegan version. But my attempt turned out like a mushy, dense brick, so I’m wondering what I did! I didn’t have a cast iron skillet, so used a Pyrex baking dish. I can only guess that I needed to bake it longer.

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19 erica November 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

^^I generally have the same problem as Michelle. I wonder if using prune puree would work better than applesauce? I dunno, but it makes me wary of lf baked goods. :(

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20 Lynne December 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I also have a question about Energ Egg replacer. How long can it be stored for. I see it for sale for as little as $4. up to $40 for 16 oz. packages. What could be the difference.

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21 Susan Voisin December 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

It keeps practically forever if you keep it dry. It’s basically just thickeners (potato starch) and leaveners (baking powder).

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22 Robin January 2, 2012 at 5:16 am

I am hosting a Forks Over Knives house party for about 16 people, and I was wondering if this recipe keeps or freezes well. I would like to make a few batches in advance and then reheat if you think it would still be good?

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23 Susan Voisin January 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t freeze well. It should keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days. I know from experience it tastes best when made fresh, but a few days shouldn’t hurt it. Good luck!

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24 Michelle January 5, 2012 at 11:43 am

Hi Susan! This may sound ridiculous, but I just realized that your egg replacer is probably not the same as using egg beaters/liquid egg substitute. I’m not completely vegan and that’s what I use. Do you know how I would substitute that in for your egg replacer powder in your recipes, or even specifically this one? Thank you so much!

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25 Susan Voisin January 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Michelle, I think you would eliminate the 1/4 cup water and the egg replacer powder and use 1/4 cup egg beaters instead. I haven’t tried that, of course, so I can’t promise how well it will turn out.

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26 Erica September 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Can’t wait to try this! I love new corn bread recipes! Thank you for all of your great ideas!

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27 Annie November 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

This bread is absolutely delicious! It will definitely be a staple in my household.

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28 Brenda April 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I made this today, and it was great comfort food. Thanks for another easy and tasty recipe!

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29 Kindness July 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

That sounds like a wonderful time. Have lots of fun in Chicago, Susan. It’s time to par-Tay , the southern, vegan way :)

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30 Kindness July 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

Also, I am type 0 blood type and can not eat too much corn, and I so miss the taste of corn bread and corn meal muffins. Do you know any substitutions I can make?

Thanks a bunch, a bunch of collard greens a bunch :)

Kindness :)

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31 Kate December 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I’ve made this recipe many times and it always comes out perfect. I never have yogurt, always use applesauce, don’t have a cast iron skillet, and sometimes cut the milk in half with water when we only have vanilla flavored on hand :), but it never fails to turn out great. Someday I’ll get a skillet so I can get that nice crust, but even in a glass pan it comes out with a wonderful texture. I tried other oil free vegan cornbreads but they just weren’t very good and frankly they just weren’t cornbread. This one is a keeper.

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32 Sue baker December 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I have been unable to find plain soy yogurt. What I did find is either loaded with sugar or has fruit in it. Can you recommend a source?

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33 Susan Voisin December 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Earlier this year, Whole Soy, the main producer of plain soy yogurt, had something happen–lost their factory for some reason. They are supposed to be reopening in early 2014. Until then, I’m using apple sauce or blended silken tofu instead of plain yogurt.

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34 Charlie Koonce February 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Having roots in South Louisiana, I always pay attention to your recipes. Many of us are not stateside where mamy products are not marketed, though. I am wondering if the egg replacement can be left out when preparing the cornbread as the recipe does include applesauce.

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35 Susan Voisin February 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

The applesauce is a fat replacer and doesn’t act as a binder or leavener like the egg replacer will. But you can easily replace the replacer with 2 3/4 teaspoons of cornstarch or other starch (potato or tapioca) plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder.

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36 Sowmya April 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Hi Susan,
I have been following your blog for a while now. I’ve been a lacto-vegetarian all my life. I was trying to go vegan, and I was doing well till I discovered that I’m terribly allergic to soy products. I’d love to try your recipe for cornbread since I’ve made many of your recipes at home and my husband & I loved them, but can you please help me out by suggesting alternatives for the enerG egg replacer and soy yogurt? Thank you!

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