Make-Ahead Mix: Best Ever Cornbread (Just Add Water)

Make-Ahead Mix: Best Ever Cornbread (Just Add Water)

Alright, hopefully you’ve followed me over from the intro post for the whole cornbread story and you’re ready to take your make-ahead mix to a whole new level!  Right?

Let’s dive in.

For this version of the best-ever cornbread, I’ve removed all of the wet ingredients and replaced them with their dry equivalents.  This will make a fully shelf-stable mix that only requires water to mix up.  Just like what you might buy from the store.  Only you made it yourself.  Without any extra fillers, or preservatives, or chemicals.  And you probably made it for a fraction of what the store-bought stuff costs.  Yay us!!

Here are the cast of characters for this version.  Now, some of these may be new to you.  Just hang tight – I’ll walk you through them.

The dry ingredients are all the same, from the original version of the recipe.  But you’ll notice I’ve got three new stand-ins in this shot.  Those are my dry subs.  They’re kinda like understudies.  And for this version, we’re going to put them to work.

First is the sub for the buttermilk.  We already talked about the wet subs for the buttermilk in the other recipe.

This is buttermilk powder.  It is just straight buttermilk that has been sprayed into a thin film and dried, then ground into a powder.  That’s it – that is all that is in there.  This stuff isn’t often available in your local grocery store (unless you live out west near Utah, Idaho or even Arizona).  But there is a commercially available similar version, also called powdered buttermilk, made by Saco, and you can usually find it in your local grocery store in the baking goods aisle (or here on Amazon now).  Either will work in this recipe just fine.

Next up, I’m subbing the regular butter for butter powder.  Again, this is just straight butter that has been sprayed into a thin film, dried and then ground into a powder.  I don’t use this to make butter.  But I do use it in some recipes as a butter substitute.  Like this one.  When you buy a mix from the store and it only requires water, that mix is usually using this stuff, too.  This is one you’ll probably have to order online.  I keep #10 cans in my food storage, but you can get smaller sized cans or sometimes even pouches.

Last is the egg substitute.  I love this stuff!  Again, I don’t usually use it to make straight scrambled eggs or anything (although you absolutely could, and this is what many restaurants actually use).  Like the others, this is just straight eggs.  They are mixed, sprayed into a fine layer or mist, and allowed to dry into a powder.  Use this stuff in your cookie recipes in place of regular eggs, and you can eat your raw cookie dough without any guilt of possible salmonella poisoning!  Nice, right?  Plus, this is handy to have for the times when I run out of eggs, or I need 6 and only have 5…grr…

So, for this mix, you’re going to simply add all of your dry ingredients into a zip-top bag, squeeze out the air, and seal.  Label your bag and stick it in a cool dry spot until you’re ready to use it.

It’s a bit of a tight fit, but it will just barely all make it in there.

Again, I highly recommend getting your hands on one or two bag holders, like these (affiliate link), especially if you’re interested in doing freezer meals.  They come in handy – a LOT!  (But you can also just stick your bag into a cup or jar, and turn the top out over the edge of the rim, to help support while you’re putting ingredients in.)

Because you’ve gone with all dry ingredients and substitutes, to make this mix into cornbread, you simply need to add water, mix, pour into your prepared pan and bake!

I make this cornbread both ways, and most of the time my family can’t really tell the difference.  I hope you’ll give it a try!  It makes getting a nice warm pan of golden delicious cornbread on the table with dinner such a breeze!

Best-Ever Cornbread (The "Just Add Water" Mix)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This is my favorite cornbread recipe, just tweaked a bit to make it even faster since the only wet ingredient you have to add is water! 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cornbread
Servings: 1 9x13 pan
Author: Make-Ahead Meal Mom
For the mix:
  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter powder
  • 4 tablespoons powdered whole eggs
  • 5 tablespoons buttermilk powder
To make mix:
  1. Add all ingredients to quart-sized zip-top bag.  Squeeze out as much air as possible and seal.  Label and store in a cool dry place until ready to use.

To make the cornbread:
  1. Add dry ingredients to large bowl.  Add 2 1/2 cups water.  Stir just until combined.  Batter will be slightly lumpy.

  2. Grease and flour a 9x13 pan or dish, and dust with a little cornmeal.  Pour batter into prepared pan/dish.

  3. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 23-30 minutes, or until toothpick or knife stuck into center comes out clean.

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