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How to Make Cornbread in a Dutch Oven

By Leslie and Steve Lovett
Photographs by W. Garth Dowling

This delicious side dish will compliment your Dutch-oven dinner menu.


Serves about 12

  • 4-5 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled

1. Pour canola oil into Dutch oven.

2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees by placing 21 hot charcoals on lid and 10 in a circle beneath the oven.

3. In a large bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking powder.

4. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and buttermilk.

5. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour egg mixture into the well. Gently fold the egg mixture into the dry ingredients with as few strokes as possible.

6. Add butter. (It’s OK if there are clumps of dry ingredients. The goal is to not over work the batter.)

7. Pour batter into the preheated oven. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown and slightly cracked. Edges should also be pulling away from the sides of the oven. Remove from coals.

8. Using heat-resistant mitts, turn oven over to serve the cornbread on the lid.

Special thanks to Leslie and Steve Lovett of

2 Comments on How to Make Cornbread in a Dutch Oven

  1. Perfect. Turned out on the lid just like in the article. Great recipe. Some said best cornbread they ever had. Do not double sugar.
    Thanks for this great recipe.

  2. Turned out really well. I’d say add double the sugar but everything else went great! Thanks!

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