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Ghost Pepper Popcorn Cornbread

I love popcorn and lots of spice and heat. Recently, I have been dabbling with ghost peppers and came up with this twist on classic cornbread. Try adding corn kernels for more texture. —Allison Antalek, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed ghost chile pepper or cayenne pepper
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded jalapeno peppers


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Heat a 10-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add popcorn and coconut oil; cook until oil begins to sizzle. Cover and shake for 3-4 minutes or until popcorn stops popping. Remove from heat.
    Place popcorn in a food processor; process until ground. Transfer 2 cups of ground popcorn to a large bowl (save remainder for another use). Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chile pepper. Add eggs, milk and 2 tablespoons butter; beat just until moistened. Stir in jalapenos.
    Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to skillet; place in oven to heat skillet. Carefully remove hot skillet from oven. Add batter; bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cut into wedges; serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 241 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 432mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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