Pumpkin Cornbread

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Even though we had a rogue 80-degree day yesterday, I’m still craving the comfort food I turn to when chillier days arrive. Soup, hot sandwiches, and chili are among my top cravings, and since I’m making chili this weekend, I thought I should experiment with some new sides ahead of time. Rather than make traditional cornbread, I thought, why not throw a little pumpkin in? A bit of molasses and a few spices later, I put a delightfully fall twist on my favorite cornbread recipe. If you’re like me and you love anything pumpkin, give this a try with your next bowl of chili!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp molasses

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8×8″ baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, brown sugar, and cornmeal.

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In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs, and then stir in the pumpkin, oil, and molasses.

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Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined, and then pour the batter into the pan, smoothing out the top as much as possible.

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Bake 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Serve warm with chili!

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36 Responses to “Pumpkin Cornbread”

  1. 1 marla {family fresh cooking} Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I love your twist combining pumpkin bread with corn bread. Looks moist & amazing! Wish we had some here for breakfast today.

  2. 2 Jennifurla Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Hey cool idea, I will have to give this a try soon

  3. 3 nancy@skinnykitchen Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I love pumpkin everything and your idea to add cornbread sounds wonderful!

  4. 4 My Kitchen in the Rockies Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I really like this idea! Great combo Pumpkin and corn bread. I am sure it tastes amazing. I will make a note of it.

  5. 5 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I just decided I wanted to make cornbread this morning!! I must make this.

  6. 6 Avril Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    What a happy combination….love this!

  7. 7 Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I love love love pumpkin cornbread! I made it for the first time last winter and fell in love with it, so great with chilli!

  8. 8 Sharon Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I just made Chili & Cornbread the other night! Lazy way thou..due to just have to have those nights. I always doctor it up thou..This will definitely be a pumpkin recipe I must try ! Thanks for adding to my pumpkin recipes to try file!:) Love Pumpkin in everything but pie..it’s a texture thing I guess..I know weird!

  9. 9 Lauren Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Fantastic recipe! I’ve been attempting to put pumpkin in pretty much everything, so I will definitely be making this pumpkin cornbread sometime soon.

  10. 10 bridget {bake at 350} Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    You are SO smart! what a great idea and it looks beautiful!

  11. 11 Amanda Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Oh yeah, this sounds delicious! Sounds like the perfect compliment to soup and chili.

  12. 12 Raina Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Pumpkin cornbread sounds delicious. Great idea! You are so creative. You are getting me in the fall mood:)

  13. 13 Pretty. Good. Food. Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    This looks so great! I think I’ll try it in my cast iron skillet? Maybe…

    Sounds (and looks) delicious, I’m going to give it a shot :) !

  14. 14 JENN Says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Wow, this sounds interesting, but in a good way! I needed some kind of bread to serve with dinner tomorrow. I think I will try this. I love anything pumpkin. Thanks for sharing.

  15. 15 Renee (Kudos Kitchen) Says:
    September 26th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Brilliant idea Tracy! Perfect for the fall and winter seasons. You are a girl after my own heart! Wonderful post!

  16. 16 Barbara Bakes Says:
    September 26th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    What a fun way to change up cornbread. I’ve seen so many great pumpkin recipes lately. I need to get busy.

  17. 17 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:
    September 26th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I LOVE this idea. Looks incredible!! I have bookedmarked this!

  18. 18 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen Says:
    September 26th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Pumpkin and cornbread is the same sentence?! I am in love! I HAVE to make this soon! Yummy…thanks for sharing! :)

  19. 19 Katrina Says:
    September 26th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Yum! What a great idea for cornbread!!

  20. 20 shelly (cookies and cups) Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    How cool!! You are so creative with this sort or thing, I would have never in a million years thought to do that!

  21. 21 Cupcake Activist Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I love pumpkin everything! I am positive I would love this too.

  22. 22 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    This is just brilliant! I love that you use pumpkin as much as I do :)

  23. 23 Eliana Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    This is the most unique use of pumpkin I have seen this season and I love it! Can’t wait to try this one out.

  24. 24 JENN@eatcakefordinner.blogspot.com Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I just made this and I loved it! I am going to make this again and again! Check out my blog to see my results http://eatcakefordinner.blogspot.com/2010/09/pumpkin-cornbread.html, except my picture doesn’t even compare to yours. Thanks for the recipe!

  25. 25 Steph@PlainChicken Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    What a great idea! I am going to try this next week. Thanks!

  26. 26 jenn Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    i’m avoiding refined sugar, so i’m wondering if i could delete the brown sugar and up the molasses. i’m thinking that i’d need more dry ingredients to compensate for the increase in moisture. suggestions?

  27. 27 Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of pumpkin cornbread! I live in LA and it’s been in the 90s and even 100s all week long. Fall seriously can’t get here soon enough! And as soon as it does, I’m making this!

  28. 28 Tracy Says:
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Jenn – That sounds like a great start. You could always add in a bit more flour if you need to (whole wheat flour would be a great addition). Let me know how it turns out!

  29. 29 Lori @ RecipeGirl Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I’ve made this before and it’s terrific w/ turkey chili :)

  30. 30 Jarrelle Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:43 am

    it finally feels like fall here in the north so its time to start cooking like it!!! this is going to be so good with some chili tonight!!

  31. 31 Alycia Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I love this combo, sounds delicious! I will have to attempt this tonight! Coincidentally I just bought cornmeal. Excited!

  32. 32 Debbi Does Dinner Healthy Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I just made this last night, I loved it! Thanks!

  33. 33 Maggie @ Vittles and Bits Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Just made this recipe with a few minor changes and it was AWESOME!!! Thank you for sharing :) I am already getting excited for fall & pumpkin ‘everything’ haha!

  34. 34 Megabite Says:
    October 6th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I’m making this tonight for with chorizo chili! I can’t wait.

  35. 35 Marisa Says:
    January 7th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    This recipe is wonderful! I made a batch tonight to serve with pumpkin chili. We all loved it! The kids are requesting it with honey for breakfast in the morning. This is a keeper!

  36. 36 Ann Says:
    February 7th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    i only had 3/4 cup of pumpkin, so I added a 1/4 cup of homemade applesauce. I also used whole wheat flour. The corn bread was delicious!

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