Gluten-free Cornbread

Uriah cornbreadYears ago, when my oldest son was diagnosed as gluten-intolerant and allergic to the whey in cow’s milk, there were very few gluten-free/cow dairy-free options. Today gluten-free foods abound in Portland and elsewhere, but it still can be a challenge for my son to find places to eat.

In this recipe, my husband and I use goat kefir. Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with bacteria, a little like yogurt. It’s popular in Eastern and Northern Europe, and has become a favorite in my household because we love the tangy flavor. We purchase it in the health food section of grocery stores. If you don’t have an allergy to cow dairy, you can substitute cow kefir or buttermilk.

While I agree that gluten-free baking can be challenging, when the results are good, they are often really good. Personally, I like this cornbread much better than versions that add wheat flour. It is lighter and has a wonderful corn flavor.


1 cup ground cornmeal
1/4 cup masa
1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 cup amaranth flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 eggs
1  1/3 cup goat kefir
8 tablespoons unsalted butter


Place a 9-inch cast iron skillet in oven and preheat to 425 degrees F.

Combine all dry ingredients (cornmeal, masa, rice flour, amaranth flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda) in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat eggs lightly. Add the goat kefir to the eggs and whisk together. Add the egg and kefir mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until fully combined. Remove the hot cast iron pan from oven and add the butter. Swirl the pan to coat the bottom and sides of the pan with melted butter. Pour the butter into the batter and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the pan. If necessary, distribute the batter evenly using a knife or offset spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

2 thoughts on “Gluten-free Cornbread

  1. Looks yummy there.

    1. Thanks. If you try it, let me know how it comes out.

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