#Secret Recipe Club: Maple cornbread topped with strawberries and drizzled with more maple syrup.

Maple-Strawberry Cornbread Mini Loaves


It’s time again for our Secret Recipe Club  ‘reveal day’. For the uninitiated, the Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 100 food bloggers. Every month, we’re each assigned a blog to look through. We try a few recipes and chose one to post about. But all month long, we keep our assignment a secret until ‘reveal day’. It’s been a lot of fun – and I’ve found some great new blogs to follow and new recipes to add to my rotation!


This month I was assigned Avril’s Baking and Creating by Avril blog. Avril has been blogging since 2008 and is super-creative. She’s an amazing baker and has a separate blog for crafting. And she’s the force behind the Secret Recipe Club every month who keeps us all on track! I found a ton of recipes I want to try on her blog. Her French Rustic Tomato Tart is on the menu as soon my tomatoes ripen.  I love any quick bread with buttermilk added – they’re soooo tender – so I’m definitely making her Buttermilk Berry Muffins. I almost made them for today’s post. Then I almost made her Fresh Strawberry Crumble Cake. Strawberries are in season now, and are irresistible. Which is why I making her Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble Topping Pie next.

But first, I had to make her Maple Cornbread Mini-Loaves, and because I had to do something with all the strawberries I bought for the Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, I added a few to the batter. I’m a huge fan of cornbread and love maple syrup. I had to make them.

Because I love maple syrup so much, I decided to treat them like super-fat pancakes, and drizzle warm syrup on top as well.

To. die. For. And so easy to make.

Maple-Strawberry Cornbread Mini Loaves

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Serves: Makes 5 mini-loaves

  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup Grade B maple syrup, and more for serving
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 strawberries, sliced lengthwise, and more for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F and butter the mini-loaf pans.
  2. Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl and whisk it around a bunch a times to evenly distribute the baking soda and powder through the flour.
  3. Form a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Whisk together the egg and buttermilk, and pour into the well. Pour in the syrup and melted butter, and stir until the wet and dry ingredients are just barely combined. Don't over mix the batter - otherwise the cake could be a little chewy instead of the tender crumb you want.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared mini- loaf pan, place 2 - 3 strawberry slices on top of the batter and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes. The batter around the strawberries will be the last of the batter to cook. Remove the mini-loaves by turning the mini-loaf pan upside down onto a cutting board or countertop. Mine popped out immediately. Serve warm with a drizzle of warmed maple syrup poured over the top. Add a few more strawberries to the plate.
  5. Easy enough for breakfast, beautiful enough for brunch. Now go make them!



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  1. Lauren Everson April 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    Okay, these are adorable and sound delicious. Nice choice!

  2. cheri April 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi Susan, sounds like your having some fun with this secret recipe club. These mini loaves are gorgeous.
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  3. Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines April 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Great SRC pick!! WE love corn bread in my family! I never would have thought to put maple syrup and strawberries with cornbread:) Looks delicious~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. Melissa April 28, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    I love the addition of maple syrup and strawberry to the cornbread. I bet it is absolutely delicious! Great pick this month :)
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  5. Sarah E April 28, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    My husband would love these little loaves! He’s obsessed with maple and fresh berries! Happy Reveal Day :)

  6. SallyBR April 28, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    What an interesting loaf! Love the fact that it is in mini-format, portion control by definition!


    I love the addition of strawberries – BTW, isn[t her blog amazing? I’ve had it ages ago, maybe one day I’ll get it again

  7. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious April 28, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    Oh yeah, grade B maple syrup all the way.
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  8. Erika April 28, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    GORGEOUS photo, Susan!! I love that warm light. And cornbread that’s like a fat pancake? Um, sign me up. I am so tempted to go make this tonight!! But….I probably shouldn’t. Sigh. I would definitely eat it all myself!
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  9. Rebekah @ Making Miracles April 28, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    Happy reveal day – great choice and very cool to see how you made it work for your tastes, so unique!
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  10. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel April 28, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    These are so pretty!! And real maple syrup is one of my favorite things EVER!!
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  11. The Wimpy Vegetarian April 28, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    I absolutely loved going through your blog, Avril! I have so many things I want to make from it now :-)
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  12. Nicole April 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I never thought of maple and strawberry together, but I guess it depends on the flavor of your syrup!

  13. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Wow what a fun flavor for cornbread! I loved searching through your recipes this month.

  14. bakingaddict April 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    I love strawberries and I love maple sryup. These mini loaves look really delicious and I can’t wait to try them myself. Great SRC pick!
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  15. Norma Chang April 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    I would most likely eat a whole loaf by myself, but they are mini so I need not feel guilty.
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  16. apuginthekitchen April 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Those little loaves look delicious and dripping with maple syrup, oh my I want one.
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  17. Christine April 28, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Oh Yum! These look absolutely amazing! I’ve never tried to put fruit in cornbread but I think it’s about time that I did!

  18. mjskit April 28, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    What a great idea to drizzle the maple syrup on the top of the cooked loaves. What absolutely scrumptious looking pancake breads! I see these in my future.
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  19. Couscous & Consciousness April 29, 2014 at 1:34 am #

    Wow, these look gorgeous. I love the changes you made – adding a few strawberries can never be a bad thing, and I’m all for anything that gets an extra dose of maple syrup.

  20. Choc Chip Uru April 29, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    What a delicious loaf, it looks so juicy and full of sweet flavour 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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  21. Azu April 29, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    This cake looks delish! When you say corn flour, it’s similar to cornmeal?
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  22. sara April 29, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    I so need these in my life!! They look super yummy. :) Love the idea of including strawberries in cornbread…that sounds awesome.

    Visiting from group A :)

  23. Terra April 29, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    I am all over this recipe, love that you didn’t add refined sugar. Looks delicious, Hugs, Terra
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  24. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories April 29, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Sally these look fabulous and I love anything Stonewall Kitchen too!
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  25. Mary Kay @ Homemade Cravings April 30, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Love this combination and it looks soooo delicious!

  26. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee May 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    I love your idea of adding strawberries to the cornbread. And the maple syrup. Totally understand why you drizzled more on!

    Hello from Group D!
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  27. Tara May 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Beautiful photo! Definitely going to try these :)

  28. Anna Wilson May 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Marie Callender’s organic cornbread is to die for….I’ve used this mix for several years and everyone in my family loves it!!
    Now, it’s sort of a tradition for me and the little ones to have weekly baking sessions with MC’s cornbreads and muffins. You should visit their website today http://www.mccornbread.com to purchase your mixes. I’m sure you will enjoy the great taste!

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