Learn how to make Jiffy cornbread more moist so that your box of cornbread mix tastes just as delicious as a homemade recipe! This ultimate guide covers all of the best tips and tricks you can use to make sure that you never get dry and crumbly results again. Keep reading to learn about the different ingredients you can add to your mix - plus, I even throw in some tasty variations to try!
How To Make Super Moist Cornbread Using Jiffy Cornbread Mix
Using a box of Jiffy cornbread mix is always helpful, especially when you don't have the extra time to make it homemade! However, the convenience of baking a store-bought mix usually comes with sacrificing quality for baked goods.
Don't worry. I'm here to show you all of my favorite hacks to make your box of Jiffy cornbread extra moist and fluffy! That way, you can make delicious cornbread in a snap yet never have to worry about dry, crumbly results!
- How To Make Super Moist Cornbread Using Jiffy Cornbread Mix
- Jiffy Cornbread Hacks
- 1. Add Oil or Butter
- 2. Add Yogurt
- 3. Add Buttermilk
- 4. Add Sour Cream
- 5. Add Extra Milk
- 6. Don't Over-mix
- 7. Other Mix-Ins
- 📖 Variations
- Table 1: Quick Tips For Making Jiffy Cornbread More Moist
- ❓ FAQ
- 📖 More Baking Basics
- 📋 Recipe
- 💬 Comments
Jiffy Cornbread Hacks
If you've ever made Jiffy cornbread before, then you know how simple it is to mix in some milk and an egg. However, you'll often end up with a dry and crumbly texture.
So what can you add to your batter to make it incredibly moist? I'm here to share the best hacks that you can easily use to enhance your basic cornbread batter!
1. Add Oil or Butter
Although vegetable oil is not included in the Jiffy box instructions, it's actually a crucial step that's left out. Adding fat like oil or butter will not only help boost moisture in your Jiffy cornbread but also prevents it from crumbling apart.
If you prefer a buttery taste, you can use 2-3 tablespoons of melted butter in the Jiffy batter. I always love topping my cornbread with pats over butter as soon as it comes out of the oven too!
2. Add Yogurt
Another easy ingredient to add moisture and thickness to your Jiffy cornbread mixture is yogurt! You could use plain Greek yogurt if you want to substitute for sour cream or mix in honey-flavored yogurt for added sweetness.
Add ¼ cup of yogurt to your batter and mix well before baking. The result is thick, rich, and incredibly delicious Jiffy cornbread!
3. Add Buttermilk
The two ingredients called for on a Jiffy cornbread box are eggs and milk. If you replace the milk with buttermilk in equal amounts, the cornbread will turn out to be more tender and incredibly moist! Since buttermilk is more acidic than milk, it will help retain moisture and add a slightly tangier taste.
4. Add Sour Cream
Sour cream is a wonderful ingredient to mix into your cornbread batter to add a level of creaminess and richness. It won't change the overall flavor by too much. Sour cream will simply elevate the basic ingredients that are already required.
Stir in ¼ cup of sour cream to the raw batter and gently mix until the sour cream is evenly distributed.
5. Add Extra Milk
Milk is already one of the main ingredients that you add to a Jiffy cornbread mix. However, if you notice that your batter is on the thicker side, you can add a few more tablespoons of milk to increase the moisture level.
Keep in mind that adding too much milk (or liquids in general) can affect the texture and can result in a denser or less structured cornbread. It's best to start with small increments and gradually mix it into the batter until you've reached your desired consistency.
6. Don't Over-mix
Over-mixing the batter in baked goods can lead to a denser and tougher texture and, ultimately, an undesirable outcome. It's best to undermix your Jiffy cornbread batter and only mix until the dry ingredients are moistened.
Even if a few lumps are present, your cornbread will have a lighter and fluffier texture.
7. Other Mix-Ins
Here are a few more ideas that will add moisture or enhance the flavor of your basic Jiffy cornbread:
- Creamed Corn - Adding creamed corn into the batter will give your basic cornbread a sweeter flavor, incredible moisture, and extra texture!
- Shredded Cheese - Shredded cheese adds a rich, savory flavor to Jiffy cornbread and ultimately leads to more moisture. I like to use either cheddar or Monterey Jack!
- Can of Creamed Soup - A can of cream of corn or cream of chicken is an excellent mix-in to add tons of moisture!
- Applesauce - Applesauce is a common ingredient to mix into the batter of baked goods. It's a great way to increase moisture without adding a lot of calories or fat.
- Diced Jalapenos - If you love a spicy kick, diced jalapenos also can add moisture and delicious flavor! Try it with creamed corn and shredded cheese!
- Sugar - Sugar doesn't change the texture or moisture levels of Jiffy cornbread. However, it's a popular choice to add to your batter if you prefer your cornbread to be on the sweeter side. One to two tablespoons are all you need!
- Honey - Another great ingredient to add a level of sweetness is honey! By adding honey to the batter, the edges of your cornbread will turn out extra crispy and delicious. One of my favorite things to do to Jiffy cornbread is to add honey and sour cream for a sweet and tangy flavor combination!
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- Cheesy Cornbread: If you are looking for a cheesy twist, add a cup of your favorite cheese like cheddar, pepper jack, or feta!
- Jalapeno Cornbread: Dice a few jalapeno peppers for a spicy kick and add them to the Jiffy cornbread batter. You can even add some cheese in, too, for a jalapeno cheddar variation!
- Bacon and Scallion Cornbread: To make a deliciously savory variation, you can cook a few slices of bacon and then crumble them into small bits. Stir into your cornbread batter along with some chopped scallions.
- Blueberry Cornbread: If you prefer sweet and fruity cornbread, try adding a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries to your Jiffy batter before baking!
- Honey Cornbread: Another sweet and popular variation is honey cornbread! As you are mixing your batter, you can add a few tablespoons of honey. Mix well before transferring to your baking dish.
- Herbed Cornbread: For a fragrant, savory cornbread, mix in your favorite herbs, like rosemary, thyme, or sage!
- Corn and Green Chili Cornbread: For a tasty Southwestern twist, stir in some cooked corn kernels and diced green chiles!
- BBQ Cornbread: If you'd prefer a more filling cornbread dish, try adding in cooked chicken and your favorite BBQ sauce!
- Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Cornbread: If you love Italian flavors, some finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil in your cornbread batter would taste fantastic!
- Apple and Cinnamon Cornbread: If you are looking for an easy cornbread full of fall flavors, add chopped apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon to your Jiffy batter!
- Pumpkin Cornbread: Another delicious autumn-inspired cornbread dish can be made by mixing in pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice!
- Maple and Pecan Cornbread: This sweet and nutty variant is perfect for breakfast; add maple syrup and chopped pecans!
Table 1: Quick Tips For Making Jiffy Cornbread More Moist
|Add extra fat||Fat adds moisture to the bread. This can be in the form of oil, butter, or even sour cream.||Add 2-3 tablespoons of your chosen fat when preparing the batter. Mix it thoroughly into the batter before baking.|
|Add yogurt or sour cream||Both yogurt and sour cream can contribute to a moister cornbread. They have a rich, creamy consistency that works well in baked goods.||Add ¼ cup of plain yogurt or sour cream to the batter. Mix well before baking.|
|Incorporate vegetables||Some vegetables, like zucchini or corn, can add moisture to your cornbread due to their water content.||Add ½ cup of grated zucchini or creamed corn to your batter. Ensure to mix it well before baking.|
|Use buttermilk||Buttermilk can make your cornbread moister and more tender due to its acidity.||Replace the milk in the recipe with an equal amount of buttermilk.|
|Do not over-bake||Overbaking can result in dry cornbread. It's important to keep an eye on the cornbread as it bakes.||Start checking for doneness around the 20-minute mark. The cornbread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.|
|Add applesauce||Applesauce is often used in baking to add moisture without adding a lot of extra fat or calories.||Replace half the oil in the recipe with an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce.|
|Use creamed corn||Creamed corn adds moisture and gives a sweet corn flavor to your cornbread.||Use one can of creamed corn instead of regular canned corn in your recipe.|
|Undermix the batter||Overmixing the batter can result in tough and dry cornbread.||Mix the ingredients until they're just combined, even if there are a few lumps.|
|Add cheese||Cheese can add moisture and also gives the cornbread a richer flavor.||Add ½ to 1 cup of shredded cheese (like cheddar or Monterey Jack) to your batter.|
|Incorporate a can of soup||Adding a can of creamed soup can make your cornbread more moist.||Add a can of creamed soup (like cream of corn or cream of chicken) to the batter. Mix well before baking.|
|Add a bit of honey||Honey attracts and holds onto water, making it a great ingredient for adding moisture to cornbread. Plus, it adds a touch of sweetness.||Add 2-3 tablespoons of honey to the batter. Mix well before baking.|
|Store properly||How you store the cornbread after baking can affect its moisture content.||Allow the cornbread to cool completely, then store it in an airtight container to help retain its moisture.|
You can try a few different options to ensure that your cornbread doesn't stick to your baking pan! The first option is to grease the pan generously with butter or cooking spray. The second option would be to lay a piece of parchment paper down before pouring your batter.
Allow your cornbread to cool down completely, then wrap individual pieces tightly with plastic wrap. Place them in a resealable bag with any excess air pushed out.
If you plan on eating leftovers within a few days, you can store them at room temperature. After a few days, it's best to refrigerate cornbread and allow it to come to room temperature before serving.
Unfortunately, I would not recommend preparing Jiffy cornbread ahead of time. For optimal texture and freshness, it's best to prepare your batter before you bake your cornbread.
Now that you know all the tips and tricks to make Jiffy cornbread more moist, I hope you have found this article helpful! Leave a comment down below to let me know what you think and if you have any questions!
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How To Make Jiffy Cornbread More Moist: Jiffy Jalapeno Cornbread (+More Tips & Tricks)
- 17 oz Jiffy corn muffin mix (2 8.5-ounce boxes)
- 3 large eggs (at room temperature)
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup sour cream
- 4 oz diced jalapenos (1 4-ounce can, or 3-4 diced fresh jalapenos can be used)
- ¼ cup red bell pepper (diced, about ½ a pepper)
- ¼ cup butter (½ stick, melted)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (optional, grated)
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C) and grease or butter a 9-inch square baking pan or a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.
- Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl: Jiffy mix, eggs, buttermilk, sour cream, jalapenos, red bell pepper, melted butter, and optional cheddar cheese. Mix until well combined then transfer into your prepared baking dish or cast-iron skillet.17 oz Jiffy corn muffin mix, 3 large eggs, ¾ cup buttermilk, ½ cup sour cream, 4 oz diced jalapenos, ¼ cup red bell pepper, ¼ cup butter, 1 cup cheddar cheese
- Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 30-35 minutes, or until golden on the edges and top and an inserted cake tester or butter knife comes out clean. *If your top is browning too quickly, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the cornbread for the last 10-15 minutes of baking time.
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