Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread

Posted on Sep 30, 2014

Even though I am still at sea (hopefully my voyage has not been extended and I am heading home right now as you read this, fingers crossed. I will definitely be going mad with the lack of connectivity and I will be missing my kitchen!) Autumn is now in full swing and all the fall goodies will be stocked in the shops. With this in mind I wanted to try and keep my recipes as seasonal as possible. Luckily canned pumpkin is available all year round so I was able to make this for you in advance for you to enjoy now and it also means that you and I can enjoy this amazing skillet pumpkin cornbread all year round ๐Ÿ˜€

Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread


I have wanted a skillet pan for ages, they are not the easiest thing to come by in the UK and they can be pricy, though weighed against their longevity you can’t argue the price. But I have had it in my head for ages that I wanted one, eventually I gave into temptation and bought one.

Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread

I could not be happier, I love it. It is simply one of the best investments I have ever made. Its crazy how versatile this pan is. It cooks, bakes and fry’s a multitude of things. But enough about that and on to this skillet pumpkin cornbread.


As I mentioned in my previous post Summer Berry Cornbreadย I discovered my love for this American staple while visiting many years ago. It’s such a versatile bread. It can be made sweet or savoury. Of course I am sharing a sweet recipe with you today ๐Ÿ˜‰ would you expect anything else?

Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread

But it can be eaten savoury it is not overly sweet, I just like mine sweet so I chopped up a banana and drowned it in maple syrup ๐Ÿ™‚ But my in laws had some with soup and they didn’t find it too sweet.

Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread

I was a little worried the pumpkin may make this cornbread very dense and heavy but as you can see it’s incredibly light and airy. This really is a fall must, though I have not tried I am sure you could bake this in a regular pan, just keep an eye on the baking times because a skillet gets hot and stays hot. Maybe you would need to add an extra 10 minutes, but this is a guess I haven’t tried it.

Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread

I found this recipe at Host The Toast Blogย and it is amazing. It is certainly going to become a permanent fixture on my fall table.

Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread

Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread

An autumnal twist on traditional cornbread flavoured with pumpkin and sweet spices. Soft, fluffy and very addictive.
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Course: Scones / Breads / Muffins
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: Emma


  • 245 grams cornmeal / polenta ((1 and 1/4 cups))
  • 150 grams Plain flour (All Purpose, (1 and 1/8 cup))
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 60 grams brown sugar ((1/4 cup - packed))
  • 240 millilitres buttermilk ((1 cup))
  • 250 grams pumpkin puree ((1 cup))
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter


  • Pre heat your oven to 200C / 400F / Gas mark 6.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and soda, spices and salt together until well combined.
  • In a large jug or another large bowl whisk the eggs, sugar, buttermilk and pumpkin puree together.
  • Pop the butter in your skillet and place it in the oven for a minute or until the butter has melted.
  • While the butter is melting pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and with a gentle hand combine the two. Do not over mix this batter as you don't want it to be tough.
  • Take the skillet out of the oven and pour the batter into it spreading it out in the pan. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is a deep golden brown and it is firm to the touch and just starting to pull away from the edges of the pan.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the skillet before serving.
  • Like most quick breads this is best on the day of baking but can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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  1. I have skillet envy! I have many le creuset pieces that I love, but no true cast iron skillet. It’s so beautiful! And it seems just the perfect thing for baking that gorgeous pumpkin cornbread. I love cornbread, but I’ve never thought to put pumpkin in it. Thanks for a great recipe, I’ll definitely be trying this out!

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    • Hi Katie, thank you I have a few le creuset pieces as well, they are beautiful pans to use, but I must admit I love my skillet it wasn’t the cheapest but definitely worth it I have used it for so many things now I can see me owning it for years to come ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. This looks delicious, I am a sucker for cornbread and love that you made it in a skillet too ๐Ÿ™‚ Fall is my favorite for baking so I love that you added pumpkin in here too!

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    • Thank you Kelly, I am definitely getting braver with my skillet its really good for cornbread and you can never fail with added pumpkin this time of year ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. I’ve always wanted a cast-iron skillet, too! It’s good to hear that you found yours to be a worthwhile investment. What a great way to break it in with a seasonal treat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I love my skillet Brianna and it was definitely worth the money as I am sure it will last for years ๐Ÿ™‚

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