Why Did My Cornbread Turn Out Dry?

My corn bread is dry. I followed the recipe on the cornmeal box. Can someone please help me?

By Sharon from MI


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February 12, 20110 found this helpful
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Sharon, mine always was, too until I started adding a heaping tablespoon of sour cream to the batter- also I throw in about 1/3 of a cup of frozen corn kernels, try it once and see, cook it a tad bit longer but don't overcook and this might be your new cornbread recipe!

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February 13, 20111 found this helpful
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Sharon, I learned this hint from a friend who makes delightfully moist and sweet cornbread: Add one more egg than the recipe instructions call for, and a tablespoon of honey.

I'm sure exceptions exist, but every boxed, bagged, or from scratch cornbread batter I've used since, always turns out better with the extra egg and honey. Good luck and Enjoy!

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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you both for the hints I will be trying both of them.

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February 19, 20110 found this helpful

Oh, I do like those ideas, gals! Will try m'self. Sharon, my first thought was perhaps you baked it a bit too long--that often happens when product comes out dry.


But adding another egg & some honey should really do the trick, as well as the sour cream idea. Even just a good scoop of mayonaisse would help, I'm sure.

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February 20, 20110 found this helpful

Thank You AntiBim. I remember adding mayonnaise to chocolate cake to keep them moist and adding it to corn bread makes a lot of sense. Thank you so much.

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April 26, 20110 found this helpful

Either your oven bakes quicker than the time shown on the box, or you need to add a small amount of liquid to the mix.
My oven always takes 5 min less to bake with a 30 minute time, and 1 to 2 minutes less with 8 to 10 minute cookies.

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September 14, 20170 found this helpful

You could try an old trick for making cakes more moist, add some apple sauce to the batter. How much? You'd have to experiment. I don't like 'eggy' cornbread, so I wouldn't add more egg. The apple sauce shouldn't add an unpleasant taste. In fact it might be very good.


Also, you might try keeping the cornbread covered while it is baking and remove the lid just at the end to allow for browning.

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