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Crock-Perfected Cheddar Cornbread (GF)

Crock-perfected gluten-free cheddar cornbread with cranberry-orange and maple jam by Emma Frisch using Barebones Living cast iron crock pot

This gluten-free cornbread variation is light yet moist. Serve it straight from the crockpot, which makes for a beautiful, rustic serving dish. Just be sure to let it cool before serving or warn the company that it’s hot. And don’t forget to pair your final masterpiece with Cranberry-Orange & Maple Jam served in a wide mouth ball jar.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups medium ground cornmeal
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup whole organic corn kernels (or half 15.25-ounce can, drained), optional
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

Prepare Ahead

  1. Add almond flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking soda, and salt to a large ziplock bag. Shake to incorporate and smooth out chunks of almond flour. Store in the pantry for up to 5 days.
  2. In a large mason jar, combine the buttermilk, eggs, and optional corn kernels. Shake until yolks are broken and incorporated, and refrigerate up to 24 hours.

Outdoors

  1. Fire up the grill or campfire to medium-high heat and position the grill grate 6 inches above the coals.
  2. Add the cornmeal mixture to a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk mixture. Use a spatula to gently incorporate the dry and wet ingredients together until a batter forms. Fold in 2 cups of the shredded cheese and optional corn kernels.
  3. Place a 12-inch crock pot on the grill directly over the coals. Add the butter and melt, tilting to coat the bottom and sides of the pot. Once the butter begins to foam (before it browns!), pour in the batter. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese over top.
  4. Cover the crock pot and use tongs to transfer an even layer of coals onto the lid.
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes, until the smell of cornbread fills the air. Remove the coals with the tongs and blow off the ash residue (away from people) so it doesn’t fall onto the cornbread when you lift the lid. Use a lid lifter, welding gloves, or thick towel to lift the lid. You can check for doneness visually – the edges and top will be browned – or if a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the cornbread needs more time, return the lid and coals, and continue baking for 5 minutes more.
  6. Serve warm, directly from the crock pot, alongside Cranberry-Orange & Maple Jam. (Be sure to warn your fellow campers that the pot is hot!). Store leftovers in an airtight container at ambient temperature for up to 5 days.

Notes

Bake cornbread at home in a 425°F oven, uncovered, for 25 minutes until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Add the remaining ½ cup cheddar on top and return to the oven. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted.