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Jan 6, 2012 07:08 AM

Cornbread recipe with masa harina without added flour?

I love cornbread, and I have masa to use up but I am cooking for someone avoiding flour.

I've seen recipes for masa harina used in cornbread but they use about 1 part flour to 3 parts masa. Would the cornbread not work if I just leave out the flour?

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  1. The corn bread will still work if you leave out the flour but the texture will be very dense. You might want to try using corn starch in place of flour (about 25% as much corn starch as flour called for in your recipe) and see how that works. For your formula, 1 cup of flour to about 4 tablespoons of corn starch would be a good place to start and you won't have made so much that you're wasting ingredients if it's not what you wanted.

    1. How about subbing in corn grits (polenta) for the last bit of flour? The following page has a recipe that uses only masa harina and grits.