Apple Cornbread

Apple cornbread is a fun twist on traditional cornbread. This moist Apple Cornbread is lightly sweetened with finely grated apples. Delicious as a side dish for fall comfort food dinner!

We’ve successfully started into the school year. It’s hard to believe we’re a month in already! And now I feel fully ready to take on fall. The break in the hot, humid temperatures can come at any time.

Bring on the moist apple cakes, big bowls of chili and cinnamony sweets. I’m waiting for ya!

You’re going to want a good cornbread recipe to go with all the pots of warm soup that will soon be simmering in your kitchen. Today, I’m sharing with you a unique recipe of ours…apple cornbread. It’s an odd combination that totally works.

a slice of buttered cornbread on a plate

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • Yields a small 8×8″ size cornbread cake.
  • We enjoy the apple cornbread most when it is straight from the oven, but you can eat it cold or at room temperature as well.

What apples are good for baking?

Normally, I like Granny Smith apples in our apple recipes, but in this from scratch cornbread recipe, I prefer a sweeter apple.

Think Gala, Northern Spy, Jonathan, and Honeycrisp. The sweet apples will give a hint of sweetness to the cornbread, while helping to keep the bread super soft and moist. You can use Granny Smith if you’d like, but you might want to add another tablespoon or two of sugar if you do.

How to Make Apple Cornbread

Have an 8×8″ baking pan (or 9×9″ will work too) ready and then oven preheated to 400º Fahrenheit. This cornbread bakes quickly at a high temperature.

  • In a bowl, combine the corn meal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Add beaten egg, milk and melted butter.
  • Stir until well blended.
  • Fold in the shredded apples. Do you have to shred the apples? Although you could dice them, I recommend shredding them since they’ll soften more quickly. No chunks for those who don’t like them.
  • Pour batter into a greased 8×8 square pan.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the center is cooked through and it is golden brown.

It’s such an easy recipe.

cornbread on a plate

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few of our favorite soups that would pair perfectly with this apple cornbread:

Another idea is to serve the cornbread at breakfast or brunch with homemade apple butter.

a piece of cornbread on a spatula
a piece of cornbread on a spatula

Apple Cornbread

4.5 from 2 votes
A fun twist on traditional cornbread, this moist Apple Cornbread is lightly sweetened with finely grated apple.
Servings 9
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal 127 grams
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour 100 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 5 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 5 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 grams
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 28 grams
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole milk* 6 ounces
  • 3/4 cup finely grated sweet apples 132 grams
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 ounce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400º Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, combine the corn meal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Add beaten egg, milk and melted butter.
  • Stir until well blended.
  • Fold in the shredded apples.
  • Pour batter into a greased 8×8 square pan.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the center is cooked through and it is golden brown.
  • Serve warm.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Notes

*I recommend whole milk for this recipe for the best taste and texture, but 2% will work as well.
The calories shown are based on the cornbread being cut into 9 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cornbread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 148
Keyword apple recipes, cornbread recipe

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Abid
6 years ago

5 stars
I truly delighted in making this. Expression of alert verify you have enough room in your heating dish for the cornbread to grow, had some hole over the side. Everybody truly delighted in it and the apples were exceptionally scrumptious.

Aida@TheCraftingFoodie
6 years ago

Julie, the apple and cornbread combo sounds so good! It’s unusual, but it makes sense – the apples adding moisture and sweetness. My mom loves cornbread in all forms, and she’s heading to visit us in a few weeks. I’m totally making this for her 🙂 Also, there’s some competition at KitchenAid (I think) where you can enter your most unique apple recipes for a chance to win new appliances. This recipe sounds like it would be a great one to enter!