Cornbread is a delicious accompaniment to many different meals, and some people even make it simply to enjoy it as a snack.
If you’re new to making it, it’s not uncommon to run into issue. For example, your cornbread might turn out gummy?
What causes this to happen?
In this post, we’ll go over a few of the most common causes.
1 – Not Baking the Cornbread Long Enough
Not baking the cornbread long enough is the most common reason why it turns out gummy in the middle. Like all types of bread, you might have issues if you don’t bake it for the proper amount of time.
Cornbread is a type of quick bread that can be baked rather fast. It doesn’t take a long time to make, and that makes it a convenient thing to make to go along with meals.
You still need to bake it for the right amount of time or it won’t turn out properly. Generally, you should follow the advice of the recipe that you’ve chosen.
It should indicate how long you’re supposed to bake the bread. You’ll also know the exact temperature that you’re supposed to set the oven to.
Typically, you’ll be asked to preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll then bake the cornbread for approximately twenty minutes.
Often, the recipes will note that you’re supposed to bake it until the top begins to brown on top. It might be wise to use a little trick to see if it is really done before shutting your oven off.
Remove the cornbread from the oven and place it on top of the stove. Grab a toothpick and poke it into the center.
If the toothpick comes out clean, it means that the cornbread is done. If the toothpick has gummy material stuck to it, you’ll know that it needs to bake for several minutes longer.
2 – Problems with Your Oven
There could be problems with your oven that are causing the cornbread not to bake properly. Sometimes people have ovens that get too hot.
Your oven might even have hot spots where certain parts will get hotter than they should. If your oven is older, it’s more likely that you’ll have such issues.
Some people use oven thermometers to properly measure the temperature inside ovens. This could help you to see what’s really going on.
If you’re following the recipe and baking the cornbread for the right amount of time, there could be problems with the oven. It might not be getting hot enough or it might be getting too hot and burning your bread.
Try to figure out if your oven is to blame. Take note of other problems that you have when making casserole dishes or other things in the oven.
You might need to have your oven fixed or it might be time to purchase a new one if your current oven has seen better days. Either way, it’s possible that things can go wrong when your oven is having these issues.
3 – Over-Mixing
Over-mixing isn’t good when you’re making cornbread. You’re supposed to only mix things as much as necessary.
Do your best to mix the ingredients until they’re just combined. If you go overboard, it’s going to have a negative impact on the bread.
When you over-mix cornbread it will often turn out differently than you’d expect. It could cause it to turn out a bit gummy in the middle.
This could also alter the texture of the bread. To avoid such problems, be mindful not to mix things too much.
It might be wise to avoid using an electric hand mixer. You can mix things using a wooden spoon or some other utensil that will allow you to mix everything manually.
Doing this is simply safer since it’ll be less likely that you’ll mix things too much. Since mixing the ingredients for cornbread isn’t difficult, it’s suggested to go this route.
4 – Don’t Allow the Mixture to Sit Too Long
Don’t allow the mixture to sit too long after you’ve mixed everything together. You want to make sure that you have things ready to go once you’re done mixing.
If you let the mixture sit on the counter for ten or fifteen minutes before placing it into the oven, it’s going to have a negative impact. This is going to make it so the bread won’t turn out quite the way you expect it to.
To avoid such issues, preheat the oven before you start mixing the ingredients. Ensure that the oven will be ready to start baking the cornbread when you’re done with the mixing process.
Planning ahead can help you to get the best results. This is a simple way to improve the experience and make it so your cornbread will turn out deliciously.
5 – Too Much Liquid
Sometimes gummy bread has to do with adding too much liquid to the mixture. Often, people use ingredients such as buttermilk to make cornbread.
There are other ways to make it, but there will usually be some type of milk involved. Even vegan cornbread options will use non-dairy substitutes, in many cases.
If you add too much liquid to the mixture, that could contribute to the problem with the bread being gummy in the middle. Perhaps you added more buttermilk (or another type of liquid ingredient) than you were supposed to.
Always be careful to follow the recipe closely. You want to use the exact ingredients that are called for in the recipe and you want to use the proper amounts.
It might be best to double-check and see if you made mistakes with the ingredients. Fixing this error might be enough to make your next batch of homemade cornbread turn out better.
Making cornbread is something that should be a lot of fun. It’s so tasty and you want to be able to enjoy it with your family.
When it comes out of the oven and it’s gummy in the middle, you’re going to be disappointed. Something surely went wrong.
It’s likely that you simply didn’t bake it long enough, and baking it for several more minutes might be all that is needed to fix this issue.
You should check the cornbread with a toothpick to see if it’s truly finished baking. If it’s not, have patience and give it a bit more time.
There could also be problems with over-mixing the cornbread mixture. You’re not supposed to mix it too much.
It’s also imperative to add just the right amount of ingredients. Don’t add more liquid ingredients such as buttermilk than you’re supposed to.
If you keep all of this in mind, it should be easier to avoid making mistakes. Do your best to take this advice to heart and you should have a simple time making homemade cornbread that will satisfy everyone in your household.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.