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A Year of Slow Cooking

Thursday, January 24, 2008

CrockPot Corn Bread Recipe

Day 24.

Who would have thought that you could make cornbread in the crockpot? Not me until the other day. And now I might do it this way more often. It tastes just like oven-baked cornbread, but cooking it in the crock allowed me to pick up my daughter from school, return library books, mail letters and pick up a few groceries.

And the smell when I walked in the door?


The Ingredients.

I used the recipe on the back of the Quaker Cornmeal carton, although I substituted Pamela's for the flour and omitted the baking powder (because pamela's has baking powder in it already).

And I used butter instead of vegetable oil because I like the flavor of butter better. And I used soy milk instead of cow's.

It seems as if I have a problem with following directions.

The Directions.

Mix batter together according to recipe instructions.

Coat the inside of your crock with cooking spray.

Dump batter in and close up.

Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I cooked this for exactly 3.5 and it was perfect.

We had this with leftover Minestrone Soup, which from now on will lovingly be called Garbage Soup, thanks to Becka.

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kelly said...


kelly said...

steph, post w/the graphic & link to Sandra somewhere in your post. then go to her page & scroll down, add yourself to the list of pages (i think its called mr. linky). then leave sandra a comment so she'll be sure to visit you. its easy & you have so many ideas you should definitely join.

Jennifer P. said...

This looks yummy! I was just making banana bread yesterday and wondering, "could I make this in my crockpot?" I might try!

If you ever want to take your cornbread up a notch--I love adding a cup of frozen corn kernels, a tablespoon of chili powder, and a tablespoon of sweet smoked paprika. Tastes really good with honey butter like that--a sweet, spicy combo. that I'm always searching out.

You are such a crockpot pioneer :)!

Crockpot Lady said...

thanks, kelly! I emailed sandra and will start next week.

Jennifer, that sounds delicious. I am really liking spicy food lately.


Amie said...

Ooh, nicely done! that looks delish!

Canadian Saver said...

I'm not a big fan of cornbread, but yours does look good!!

Jennings said...

You have inspired me! The crockpot shall collect dust no more! Love your blog. Food looks delish!

Amy said...

I never would have thought that you could make all these breads and cakes in your cool!

tspwlv said...

I think damn Blogger ate my comment. Here's the gist:
1. Love your blog. Don't get my crockpot so can definitely use the help. I'll be stopping by daily and have told some friends about you too.
2. LOVE that TJ roasted corn you mention in the corn chowder recipe. Who knew it was so good? Must find other ways to use it (other than straight out of the bag).
3. I share your love for TJ and Costco. Really, how would we survive without them?
4. I just posted a crockpot recipe on my own blog at Stop by if you're inclined, although I'm NOWHERE near the crockpot goddess that you are.

katie said...

You're soooo funny!!!! I found your comment on creative blog about the whinner(sp?) anyhow I have pigs and a crockpot that I'm actually using today(without the pigs)....french dip sandwiches....yummm!!!

Anonymous said...

Did you prop the lid open on this recipe like you did on the other baking recipes? It sounds like you had the lid closed on this one.

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Anon, I did leave it closed for this recipe, because I used my 6qt crockpot and the batter was so thin. If you are using a smaller crock, or see that there is a bunch of condensation building on your lid, feel free to prop.

It was such a long time ago that I made this----I don't remember the details too well, although it was delicious!

Lorraine said...

Hi, Steph!
Cannot wait to try this cornbread! I have made bread in my crockpot and had to preheat the base and crock for 1/2 hour first. Do I need to do the same or can I use a cold crock to cook the cornbread? Thanks and love not only your recipes but also your families comments!

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Lorraine,

I didn't preheat the crock first. I hope it comes out nicely for you!


Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found this site! Typical crock pot recipes tend to be casserole style and my family doens't like casseroles. Who would have thought you could bake in a crock pot. Anyway, I am inspired to try a family favorite we usually only have in winter becasue of the bake time. It is mexican cornbread. You mix up a batch of cronbread, only add a can of cream corn. Then you layer 1/2 the batter in the bottom of the pan. Then layer on cooked, seasoned ground beef. I usually season with onion and a little chili powder. If you want it spicier, you can add sliced jalepenos at this point. Then layer on a couple of cups of shredded cheese. Then top with remaining corn bread batter and bake. Since the cornbread turned out so well, I am inspired to try this version.

Crockpot Lady said...

oooh, I'm inspired to try that version, too!
it sounds wonderful. Thank you for the idea, I'm going to put it on the list.


Tray said...

Ok, so I'm nearly a year late on this one, but I googled crock pot corn bread and this is one that came up. I noticed all the other recepies said to place it in a mold. I don't seem to have anything that will work so just pooring it in will do the trick? if you get this today (1-6-09) let me know. thanks.

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Tracy, I'm sorry---we were out of town.
Did you make this? I poured the batter directly into my crockpot---I actually used a 5.5 qt. It worked really well!

Netta said...

I had googled to find a "cornbread" recipe but was not happy with any that I found... then I thought...

"What am I thinking, I can look on 365 Crockpot site."
This is perfect.
I'm making tomorrow!

Sarah said...

You have inspired me! I don't have an oven right now, but I made cornbread using my regular recipe in the crockpot-and it was great! I have also made a biscuit type bread and an apple cobbler that was awesome! I would email you the recipe but I couldn't find your email. Let me know if you are interested.

Miss Anne said...

Hi Crockpot lady! You've been welcomed into my home with open arms. My mother just bought me your book this week, and I've been crockpotting for 3 days straight! My son and husband thank you.

I'm sitting here with flour on my hands in the middle of making this recipe. I'm not using a GF mix, I'm using my Authentic Foods GF classic mix (which has no baking powder or xantham gum)

Any ideas on a xantham gum amount? I'm going to google around. I know I've found a website in the past that gives me a ratio, I'm just curious if I should treat the corn meal like flour, and call it 2 cups.

I'll let you know what I do and how it turns out!

Thanks for all your creativity!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Anne,

I usually add 1 tsp each of xanthum gum and baking powder, although I don't have an actual reason for doing so---it just feels like the right amount.

if you find a more scientific explanation for the proper ratio, I'd love to know what it is!

good luck!

Miss Anne said...

Hi Steph -

Thanks for replying! I used 3/4t of xanthan gum (I abhor my earlier typo, I feel so embarrassed!).

I thought it was too chewy. I would probably reduce to 1/2t next time and evaluate. I'll post when I try it!

30 Days of Fun said...

I am doing a month of crock pot cooking. Today I did a potato soup and have left overs so I wanted a cornbread recipe to do in the crockpot tomorrow to pair with the soup. Low and behold I found you and the recipe you used is my favorite recipe but tomorrow I will be trying it in the crockpot. I can't wait to see the difference and to see if the family still loves it!

Kay_S said...

I'm really glad you have this recipe blog, I never even thought of using the cornbread mixes from the store! So much easier. Here's a tip I use to follow years ago for crockpot breads: Use an empty coffee tin (greased) instead of directly putting the mix into the crockpot. Less clean-up.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I live in an rv with no oven. This works like gangbusters. So glad you enlightened me.

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Chery said...

I know I'm 3 years late on this one! Lol but I'm currently living in the Uk and don't have Quaker over here so the whole " prepare batter according to recipe on back" doesn't help me any. Lol do you have it handy so you can clue me in on the amounts and I can alter with my Uk ingredients?

Heather said...

II tried a great variation on this. I put some chicken in and covered it with BBQ sauce at 8am. Cooked on high until 3pm, when I added the corn bread batter. It made great BBQ chicken & corn bread. Thanks for the idea!

Dodging the curveballs said...

Love this! Has anybody made it right on top of crockpot chili?

I am addicted to my slowcooker. Really ought to call it a CRACKpot ;)

teresa west said...

I'm loving all these crock pot recipe's. I was so excited to find that I could make crock pot breads,cake, cobbler, cornbread and desserts. This is great blog, thank you!! teresa

Kyle Tuttle said...

I am so happy to have found this blog! I don't have an oven right now so am doing alot of slow cooker recipes, especially since there is no stove top either. I am making chili tonight and wanted to make my corn bread but wasn't sure how to cook it. Now I will try it in the crock pot, along with all the other quick breads I typically make around this time of year!

W Maag said...

OK I have a simple 6 qt Crockpot, crockpot and have been using Pillsbury cake mixes and 2 Jiffy cornbread mixes. But one thing I have noticed is that the center of the item doesn't rise. Also it only takes an 1 1/2 hours to bake in which I have to turn the crock around for even baking. This unit is hotter on the back left side, then the front right side.

I noticed Lorraine mentioned preheating the crock for 1/2 hour before pouring batter in?

Is there a unit that heats under the crock as well as the sides?

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hmm. How old is your slow cooker? Mine do heat from the bottom and the sides -- I wonder if you've got a tiny short in yours, which is why it's heating unevenly?
I do have recommended slow cookers listed up above in my store tab and under the slow cooking tab.

I'm sorry you've been having this issue! I do like the idea of mixing cornbread mix with cake mix! that sounds absolutely delicious. --steph

Zet said...

Stephanie, thanks so much for all the tips, tricks and recipes. It's much appreciated. Please, can I ask you one big favor? If there is a recipe on the back of a pack of something can you write it out for the poor ole overseas gals who do not have the same brand as yours? I love your blog and it's mainly thanks to you I just got myself a crockpot two weeks ago. :) Thanks.

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