Pumpkin Maple Cornbread

Pumpkin Maple Cornbread

Sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup, this cornbread is hardly typical and extremely versatile: It would be just as welcome as a Thanksgiving side as it would be as breakfast, a snack or even a light dessert. Should you have any leftovers, try toasting cubes of the cornbread in the oven and serving them warm with poached fruit and yogurt or ice cream. Though you may find fine, medium and coarse ground cornmeal at your supermarket, be sure to use finely ground. Its downy texture is best suited for this recipe.
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  • Serves: 9 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Butter the parchment.
  2. Step 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  3. Step 3

    In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup melted butter, the egg, brown sugar, pumpkin purée, buttermilk and 1/2 cup maple syrup. Fold in the dry ingredients. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and smooth out the top.
  4. Step 4

    Top evenly with the pumpkin seeds. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter and the remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup.
  5. Step 5

    Transfer bread in the pan to a wire rack. While the bread is still warm, brush the entire surface with the butter-maple mixture. Remove the cornbread from the pan using the overhanging parchment, and cut cornbread into pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature.