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Air Fryer Cornbread (Sweet and Tasty)

In my household, cornbread is a necessary food staple. Since I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed sweet cornbread with a little butter. 

Cornbread is typically eaten on Sundays, but a large Sunday lunch is not necessary. Additionally, not everyone eats it at dinner. 

For those of you who may not be familiar, corn cakes are essentially pancakes made with cornbread batter. 

They taste amazing when fried in butter in a cast-iron skillet and drizzled with honey or maple syrup. It is more convenient to use an air fryer than to prepare a large quantity of homemade cornbread with numerous ingredients. 

Along with some greens and ham hocks, the cornbread turned out just as well as if it had been baked in an oven. It was also great when I ate it with some hot homemade chili. Try air-frying cornmeal if you want it to be simple. 

You won’t be let down. Eat it the same way you would homemade cast-iron pan cornbread by pouring some melted butter on it.

What You’ll Need to Make Cornbread?

IngredientsRecipe
Baking PowderBecause cornbread is a quick bread, we use leaveners to help it rise instead of yeast.
Gluten-Free All Purpose FlourYou want a gluten-free flour that also contains Xanthan Gum. The blue bag of Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 is my favorite. Use ordinary all-purpose flour if you don’t require this recipe to be gluten-free.
Gluten-Free OatmealThis recipe is ideal for yellow cornmeal. Check the labels to be sure, but most cornmeal should be gluten-free.
Baking SodaBaking soda and baking powder work together to give our bread the ideal fluffy, soft texture.
SaltAll the flavors are enhanced by a small amount of salt.
EggThe dough is held together by one big egg.
Granulated SugarThis dish has some sweetness, but not too much.
ButtermilkAny dairy or non-dairy milk can be substituted for buttermilk, however, I prefer the tang it adds.
Melted ButterThis gives the cornbread more wetness and flavor.
Ingredients you’ll need to make air fryer cornbread.

How to Make Cornbread in Air Fryer?

Whisking egg in a bowl
Whisking is an important process in making bread

This recipe requires a silicon egg mold that will fit inside an air fryer that is 3.5 quarts or larger. 

If you don’t have an egg mold, you could alternatively cook this in a single round pan, but it would take more time to cook completely. 

In a mixing bowl, combine the box mix, milk, and egg if you’re preparing this recipe from a box. Stir thoroughly until mixed. 

Pouring

To make it simpler to pour the batter into the mold, transfer the mixture to a sizable measuring cup with a pour spout. In the case of the homemade recipe, beat the egg in a mixing bowl.

Add the oil and buttermilk. Until mixed, whisk. After that, add all of the dry ingredients to the bowl and stir everything together until well combined. 

Greasing

Grease the mold’s wells very lightly. Although it’s not necessary, doing so will make it simpler to remove the muffins without them adhering to the mold.

With the batter, fill each well 3/4 full. The muffins will balloon out over the top if you fill them any higher, and they won’t look as good when they’re finished. 

Air frying

Air fry for 8 minutes at 325 °F. Use a toothpick to inspect the muffin. Cook for another minute if the toothpick emerges moist with batter. 

You can carry on doing this until the toothpick is free from any residue. Remove the mold from the air fryer and place it on a cooling rack once the toothpick is clean. 

Resting

Give the muffins five minutes to rest in the mold. Pushing up on the muffin mold’s base will cause the muffins to easily spring out.

Till all the batter is consumed, repeat the process. Depending on the size of the egg mold you are using, the recipe yields roughly 14 muffins.

Filling the batter in silicon egg mold
You need to fill the batter in a silicon egg mold.

Tips for Making Cornbread in Air Fryer

Here’re some tips that can help you in making the best air fryer cornbread.

  • Try to use the same accessory “bucket” pan that is used for smaller air fryers. The pan is thin, light, and deep enough to accommodate one jiffy cornbread box’s worth of dry ingredients. Although we tried several pans for the air fryer, our time is based on one “bucket” pan. 
  • This pan can be used with oven-style, toaster-style, or bigger air fryers. For the larger oven-style air fryers, we used this pan. Like several other 8-inch pans, the thin edges don’t get in the way. It will also function in some of the bigger air fryers with baskets.
  • A cornbread that has been over-mixed will turn out to be rough. To fully integrate all of the ingredients, stir and mix just enough. 
  • Avoid wasting the batter by using a rubber or silicone spatula to mix the ingredients. These materials allow you to scrape the bowl’s sides. This will result in the best mix and prevent crucial ingredients from sticking to the bowl’s sides while being mixed. 
  • To prevent the cornbread from sticking, grease the sides of the pan.
  • Different air fryer types cook at different temperatures. Therefore, cover the cornbread with foil if you test it with a toothpick and it still comes out a bit moist. To fully cook the cornbread, heat it for an additional few minutes. The foil prevents the top of the cornbread from drying out and scorching.

Why is My Cornbread Still Raw in the Centre?

Most likely, your air fryer uses high heat to cook. The cornbread will be thicker if your pan is too tall. Alternatively, it could be too high and too near the heating element. As a result, the cornbread may cook too quickly on the exterior while remaining raw inside. 

Because of this, we advise switching off the air fryer while leaving the cornbread inside to continue cooking. The cornbread’s core will continue to cook thanks to the air fryer’s residual heat. 

Did you also use cornmeal? Be careful not to confuse grits, polenta, and cornmeal.

cornbread
You can use a toothpick to check if the cornbread is fully cooked.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe?

Here are a few reasons that’ll make this recipe your favorite.

  • This cornbread is a delicious accompaniment to any dinner since it is moist and soft. 
  • Delicious when butter is added to the top. 
  • homemade and created from nothing! 
  • The greatest dinner can be made by serving these as a side dish with soup or chili. 
Watch this video to learn how to cook air-fried cornbread

What Pan Can Be Used in an Air Fryer?

Any oven-safe pan will work in an air fryer. Oven-safe metal, nonstick, glass, cast-iron, and ceramic pans are included. Before usage, make sure your pan will fit inside the air fryer.

When it comes to metal containers, there are several solutions accessible. One solution is to use a baking sheet with holes in it, which allows hot air to circulate around the meal and prevents it from sticking. A metal grill basket with raised sides that allow fat and grease to flow away from the food while it cooks is another option.

What Is the Best Way to Reheat Cornbread in an Air Fryer?

Preheat the air fryer to 320 F and cook the cornbread for 3 to 4 minutes, or until warmed through and crisped.

It’s incredibly moist, crunchy, chewy, and amazing! I’m familiar with the internal struggle that occurs when there are leftovers of this delicious bread after dinner. You may quickly reheat it and enjoy it as if it were newly cooked.

Conclusion

  • Cornbread is such a delightful side dish that goes well with elegant meals or your preferred chili. It only needs a small amount of butter on top before we can eat it. My hubby enjoys his chicken chili with cornbread. However, I prefer mine plain, with an additional pat of butter and a drop of maple syrup. 
  • For a few days, cornbread can be stored at room temperature. It must go into the refrigerator or freezer after 1-2 days of standing out at room temperature. If I’m going to store the cornbread in the refrigerator, I usually place it in a ziplock freezer bag and store it there for up to a week.
  • This cornbread can easily be doubled in quantity and frozen in one or two batches. 
  • Before preparing your cornbread batter, let the eggs come to room temperature. 
  • For a simple fit into the Air Fryer basket, use a silicone muffin tray. 
  • Depending on the size, make, and model of your air fryer, cooking times will change. Consult your owner’s handbook for an exact time estimate and keep an eye on the cornbread muffins while they cook. 
  • Put parchment paper in the bottom of the Air Fryer basket for even simpler cleanup.

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