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Cornmeal is also called Maize Meal. Cornmeal is made by grinding down corn to a less fine texture than a flour, so when finely ground it becomes Maize Flour or cornflour.

Cornmeal is a staple, making pap in South Africa, or when made from dent corn becomes polenta. If ground finely in Mexico, cornmeal becomes masa harina. In the USA, corn meal is used to make American classics like scrapple.

Cornmeal can also be added to wheat flour to make a crumblier bread.

Further Reading

  • Christian, G. (2005) Real Flavours: the handbook of gourmet & deli ingredients, Grub Street. ISBN 1904943209.
  • Stobart, T. (1981) The Cook's Encyclopedia: ingredients & processes, Harper & Row. ISBN 0060141271.