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Can I use corn flour instead of cornmeal in a cornbread recipe? (I have no polenta or corn of any kind, either)

I have a very easy, very forgiving recipe but always used cornmeal. I happen to have corn flour handy and no cornmeal.

asked by sydney about 2 years ago
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added about 2 years ago

Cornstarch is sometimes called corn flour and so is a very fine ground of cornmeal. If yours is the latter, it could be used for cornbread. It will be less crumbly than cornbread made with cornmeal or fresh corn.

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added about 2 years ago

Corn starch is NOT corn flour. Corn flour is like all flours, the whole grain ground fine. Corn starch is a processed corn product used for thickening. It is not exchangeable for corn flour and corn flour is not exchangeable for corn meal.

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added about 2 years ago

Hi nancy - yes of course, I agree! I have seen corn starch be called corn flour and seen corn flour as very fine ground of the whole grain so I was encouraging zelda to make a distinction between the two. I have had success using corn flour in place of corn meal, but I agree it's not directly exchangeable. Thanks for the reply!

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