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Old Fashioned Corn Pone

Classic Corn Pone Recipe – These sweet and crispy oven-fried corn cakes are easy to make with 5 simple ingredients, no flour or eggs are needed. Enjoy as a gluten-free snack any time of day!

Stack of three pieces of corn pone on a plate.

What is Corn Pone

Corn pone is a classic old-timey southern dish. They are simple, small corn cake discs that are slightly thick, with a dense and cornbread-like texture. It’s traditional to oven fry them crispy in bacon grease… So every bite is perfectly crunchy, sweet, and savory!

Every time I see a plate of corn pone bread, it reminds me of the foods described in the Little House on the Prairie books! Some even believe it was one of Abraham Lincoln‘s favorite foods.

What is the difference between cornbread and corn pone?

Corn pone is similar to cornbread, however, it’s much simpler to make, with only five ingredients: cornmeal, salt, sugar, hot water, and bacon grease (or vegetable shortening). Notice there is no flour, eggs, or baking powder in this recipe so the corn cakes tend to be flat and dense. It fries in bacon grease until the exterior is crispy but the inside is soft like a tamale.

Top view two pieces of corn pone on a plate with honey drizzled.

5 Ingredients You Need

  • Yellow cornmeal – not cornbread mix
  • Granulated sugar – or other granulated sweeteners you prefer
  • Salt – just a pinch
  • Boiling water – to get the fluffy cornbread-like texture without eggs or leavening agent
  • Bacon grease – or vegetable shortening
Three pieces of corn cake with honey on a plate.

How to Make Classic Corn Pone

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the bacon grease in a large 12 to 14 inch cast-iron skillet. Then place the skillet in the oven to preheat.

Hand adding measuring scoop of bacon fat into a cast iron skillet.

Set out a mixing bowl. Combine the cornmeal, sugar, and salt in the bowl. Mix well, then pour in the boiling water.

Pouring hot water from a measuring glass into a bowl with cornmeal.

Continue to mix until there are no clumps.

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Wooden spoon mixing cornmeal and water mixture in a large bowl.

Remove the hot skillet from the oven. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to scoop the mixture into six portions, and place the portions of batter in the skillet.

Hand with 1/4 cup scoop, scooping cornmeal batter from bowl.

Use the back side of the measuring cup to press each portion into a 3-4 inch circle. Once all the corn pone are shaped in the skillet place them in the oven.

Bake for 5 minutes. Carefully flip them over, and continue to bake for another 5 to 7 minutes, until golden and crispy.

7 flat discs frying in a cast iron skillet.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve yummy corn cakes as a snack or appetizer, hot out of the skillet, with a drizzle of honey.

Serve it with classic southern dishes like baked ham, macaroni salad, and collard greens. Or serve it as a side dish for soups and stews; corn pone bread is great for dipping!

Three pieces of fresh corn pone bread stacked on a white plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is corn pone gluten-free?

Yes, this traditional recipe is gluten free! Yellow cornmeal is naturally GF-friendly. Yay!

How do you make this a vegan recipe?

If possible, use bacon grease for frying because it creates the best flavor. For a vegan option use butter-flavored vegetable shortening.

Does corn pone need to be refrigerated?

It will keep well for 1 or 2 days at room temperature. Store in an airtight bag or container, and keep in a cool and dry part of the kitchen.

Refrigerate the pieces after cooling and in a sealed container if you want to keep them for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze corn pone?

Absolutely! Let the pieces cool completely, then wrap each disc individually in plastic wrap. Place all of the corn pone in an airtight zipper bag, and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How do you reheat?

Thaw in the fridge overnight, on the counter for an hour or so, or using the “defrost” setting on your microwave. To reheat, wrap in a lightly damp paper towel and microwave on low for a few seconds at a time. Or loosely wrap in aluminum foil and bake for 5-10 minutes in a 350-degree oven.

Drizzling honey from a bottle over the three pieces of corn pone.

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Old Fashioned Corn Pone Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Sweet and crispy oven fried corn pone is easy to make with 5 simple ingredients, no flour or eggs needed. Enjoy as a gluten free snack any time of day with a drizzle of honey!
Servings: 6 pieces

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the bacon grease in a large 12 to 14 inch cast-iron skillet. Then place the skillet in the oven to preheat.
  • Set out a mixing bowl. Combine the cornmeal, sugar, and salt in the bowl. Mix well, then pour in the boiling water and continue to mix until there are no clumps.
  • Remove the hot skillet from the oven. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to scoop the mixture into six portions, and place the portions of batter in the skillet. Use the back side of the measuring cup to press each portion into a 3-4 inch circle. Once all the corn pone are shaped in the skillet place them in the oven.
  • Bake the corn pone for 5 minutes. Carefully flip them over, and continue to bake for another 5 to 7 minutes, until golden and crispy. Serve immediately.

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Notes

If possible, use bacon grease for frying because it creates the best flavor. For a vegan option use butter-flavored vegetable shortening.

Does corn pone need to be refrigerated?

It will keep well for 1 or 2 days at room temperature. Store in an airtight bag or container, and keep in a cool and dry part of the kitchen.
Refrigerate the pieces after cooling and in a sealed container if you want to keep them for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze corn pone?

Absolutely! Let the pieces cool completely, then wrap each disc individually in plastic wrap. Place all of the corn pone in an airtight zipper bag, and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How do you reheat?

Thaw in the fridge overnight, on the counter for an hour or so, or using the “defrost” setting on your microwave. To reheat, wrap in a lightly damp paper towel and microwave on low for a few seconds at a time. Or loosely wrap in aluminum foil and bake for 5-10 minutes in a 350-degree oven.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pc, Calories: 239kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 405mg, Potassium: 125mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Sommer Collier

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