Heat milk in medium microwave-safe bowl for 30-45 seconds, until very warm (about 105°F | 40°C). Stir cornmeal into warm milk and set aside to soak for at least 15 minutes.
Pan-fried Maple Corn
Heat 9- or 10-inch cast iron pie dish or skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter to skillet and allow it to partially melt. Add frozen corn and increase heat to medium-high.
Stir corn and butter in skillet until water released by corn has completely reduce and corn begins to brown slightly, about 8 minutes.
Reduce heat to low, and drizzle 2 tablespoons maple syrup over corn. Stir for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Remove corn from skillet and set aside.
Place the pie dish or skillet in the oven to preheat while you make the cornbread mixture.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
Whisk brown sugar and white sugar into the milk and cornmeal mixture that has been soaking. Whisk in eggs. Stir in 3 tablespoons of melted butter, plus vegetable oil, vanilla, and remaining maple syrup. Reserve the last tablespoon of butter for buttering the pie dish/skillet.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir in 1/2 of the maple-glazed corn.
Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F [190°C]. Using a pastry brush or paper towel, brush the baking surfaces of the hot skillet with the reserved 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
Pour the batter into the hot skillet. Sprinkle the remaining maple-glazed corn evenly over the top, and place on the center rack of the oven.
Bake until the center is firm and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes for 10-inch skillet or cast iron pie dish. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
IMPORTANT: This cornbread batter can and should be made entirely by hand. Do not use a mixer, as it will result in over-beating. You can add an extra egg if you'd like the texture of your cornbread to be a little more cake-like.If you are using a 12-inch skillet, reduce baking time by 5-7 minutes.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate, complete, and useful.