Is there really a bad time to have cornbread? A simple snack maybe? Corn bread is usually great in breakfast but some recipes use it for lunch and dinner options.
You can also enjoy it on its own. Cornbread is the greatest invention in the world! (Cornbread lover right here)
Let me teach you how to reheat cornbread and turn it from blah to fantastic!
History Of Cornbread
Before explaining to you how to reheat cornbread, let me tell you a brief history about it.
Native Americans discovered maize (American corn grain or Indian corn). It has been consumed by many Americans (and subsequently, people all over the world) since the discovery of the New World.
Corn bread was as prolific as a crop it was consumed across all race, class, religion, etc.
Cornbread ingredients are made up of cornmeal, water, cooking fat, and salt. Some Native Americans would add sunflower seeds, berries, and nuts to make a more nutritious and substantial cake.
After the Europeans fled from the New World, the natives would fry the cakes on hot rocks or iron skillets, and called this type of cornbread “hoe cake,” because they could be cooked in a garden hoe or wedged up in an open fire.
By the late 19th Century, chemicals like baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) were used instead of pearlash and saleratus because they were bitter-tasting.
Eventually, additional ingredients were easier to acquire like yeast, butter, eggs, buttermilk, sugar, etc. These ingredients would transform this dense cake into the famous light and sweeter version we know today.
Here is a short clip on the history of corn bread
How Do You Make Cornbread?
Before I explain to you the steps on how to reheat cornbread, here’s a reference video on how to make corn bread. I know you’ll be eating seconds with this recipe. Enjoy watching and learning from the clip!
How To Reheat Cornbread?
It’s common knowledge that freshly baked corn bread right out of the oven is amazing! If you ended up on this page, I’m very sure that you are trying hard to figure out how to recapture the taste and moisture of stale cornbread from a freshly baked one.
Hard, right? Not so! I will show you a useful guide so you can reheat corn bread anytime and what options are best for the reheating process.
In The Oven
When reheating cornbread, the oven is by far the best option available. When you warm up stale cornbread to the right temperature, it will be moist and tasty just like when you had it the first time around.
- Open the oven and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to reheat at the right temperature to maintain the moistness of the cake. Wait for 10-15 minutes to ensure that you have the right temperature.
- If you have cornbread leftovers, place it in a cookie/baking sheet. If not, you can put the corn bread back on the baking tray it was cooked on. Place it inside the oven.
- Cover with aluminum foil or else the top will burn. You need to do this to maintain the bright yellow color of the cake.
- Set your timer 10-15 minutes, place it on the oven. Note that the timer should not exceed 15 minutes or else your bread will dry up
- Take the food out of the oven. Brush it lightly with butter if you want to add more flavor (optional). Allow to cool before serving. Enjoy!
You Can Also Use the Microwave
If you don’t have an oven, the microwave is a great alternative to reheat your corn bread. It will reheat faster than the oven and is just as effective.
- Open your microwave and place it on reheat setting.
- Put the cornbread in a microwaveable container. Cover it with the a lid, a plastic wrap, or a glass plate.
- Set the timer to 20-30 seconds (depending on the size of the cake). You may set your timer longer but be careful because it will dry up fast! Make sure to reheat at the right temperature to ensure moistness and lightness of the cake.
- Take the container out. Again, you may brush with butter but this is optional. Allow to cool before serving.
You’ll want to reheat cornbread at the right temperature and still maintain the fluffy texture. However, finding the right temperature and duration of heating can be tricky.
If you exceed at either parameters, the bread will dry up and lose its moisture (you can even throw it as a weapon because it’s so hard).
Reheating cornbread is important especially if you plan to use it as a side dish with collard greens and fried chicken with gravy (one of the famous dishes to pair up with corn bread).
Do you want to eat hard bread? When you finish the chicken and there is still gravy in the plate, do you really want to wipe it with cold corn bread? I know I don’t.
I hope this article will help you in the future if you have stale cornbread in the fridge. Again, cornbread seems to be the greatest invention in the world! Don’t argue with me.
Do you have any additional ideas for leftover cornbread? Do you have any options besides the one given to reheat cornbread? Leave suggestions and comments in the comment section below. Don’t forget to share this post. Take care!