Home > Side Dishes > Cornbread Recipe Cornbread Recipe October 13, 2019 | 2 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. This tender and sweet cornbread recipe has a rich buttery flavor. This recipe uses simple everyday ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to assemble before baking. It’s so much better than a boxed mix and just about as easy! 🙂 Cornbread is typically defined as any quick bread containing cornmeal. It can also be a highly debated recipe — everyone seems to have a different opinion on what cornbread should taste like. The cornbread recipe I’m sharing today is my absolute favorite. Personally I don’t know too many things better than a big piece of warm cornbread with a bowl of chili on a cold day! What does cornbread taste like? Cornbread truly is a matter of personal taste. Some people like it sweet, some like it dense, others like it with a cake-like (light) texture. Then there are other preferences like using canned corn, fresh corn, frozen corn, or cornmeal (white OR yellow!). There are preferences for using flour versus not, using sugar versus not, overall thickness of the cornbread, and the actual pan used. So what does my recipe for cornbread taste like? The recipe I’m sharing today uses cornmeal (no fresh/frozen corn), is of medium thickness, on the sweeter side with hints of honey, and has a tender cake-like crumb. To me it’s the perfect cornbread recipe, but if you’re looking for something different, no problem, just be sure to check out these chewy chocolate chip cookies before you go 🙂 How to make this cornbread recipe (The numbered directions below correlate with the numbered photos above) Add wet ingredients to one bowl. Aim for all wet ingredients to be room temperature so the butter doesn’t curdle into cold ingredients. Add in HALF the honey (the rest of the honey is brushed on top of the baked bread!) Dry ingredients in a large bowl (cornmeal, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cornstarch). The cornstarch makes this bread more tender. Whisk together the dry ingredients Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined: a few lumps are okay, you don’t want to over mix the cornbread Smooth into a 9×9 pan and then bake Let slightly cool and then brush remaining honey over the bread. Cornbread FAQs Is cornbread good for you? Again, this depends on the actual cornbread. This recipe has quite a bit of butter and sugar so I would characterize it as a good side dish to have in moderation. Can I use polenta instead of cornmeal? The short answer is no; polenta and cornmeal (while seemingly similar) are different and not interchangeable in this recipe. Longer answer: Cornmeal is dried and ground corn and is found in the baking aisle of grocery stores. Polenta is a dish, not an ingredient, from northern Italy. Think of polenta as Italian “grits.” You can read more about the differences here. What is this cornbread recipe eaten with? You’ll generally see chili and cornbread paired together; the heat and spice from chili is the perfect complement to the sweetness of cornbread. Below are our favorite chili recipes to pair with this homemade cornbread recipe. Crockpot Chili this chili is a reader favorite and has won dozens of chili cook-offs! Creamy Chicken Chili enchilada flavor inspired; another reader favorite! Crockpot White Chicken Chili this chicken chili takes minutes to assemble Vegetarian Chili for any vegetarians! Or just a good chili for when you want an extra dose of veggies Quinoa Chili another veggie based, protein-baked chili; also vegan friendly Beyond serving it alongside chili, it’s also a great side for good BBQ! Complementary sides for your cornbread & chili: Wild Rice Salad Roasted Brussel Sprouts or a medley of Roasted Vegetables Italian Salad Roasted Veggie Salad panzanella salad Winter Fruit Salad Freezing directions To freeze: let the cornbread cool completely and then cut into squares. Wrap squares individually in plastic wrap and then foil. Place foil wrapped pieces in a large plastic bag or freezer safe (airtight) container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Cornbread Recipe 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe This tender and sweet cornbread recipe has a rich buttery flavor. This recipe uses simple everyday ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to assemble before baking. It's so much better than a boxed mix and just about as easy! 🙂 SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Cornbread Recipe 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This tender and sweet cornbread recipe has a rich buttery flavor. This recipe uses simple everyday ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to assemble before baking. It's so much better than a boxed mix and just about as easy! 🙂 Course Side Dish Cuisine American Keyword cornbread, cornbread recipe Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 19 minutes Total Time 34 minutes Servings 9 -16 pieces Calories 162kcal Cost $2.61 Ingredients9 tablespoons (127g) butter, separated1 cup (228g) full fat buttermilk1 large egg4 tablespoons (86g) honey, separated1/4 cup (49g) light brown sugar (packed)2 tablespoons (26g) white sugar1 cup (126g) white all purpose flour3/4 cup (112g) yellow cornmeal (Enriched & Degermed; I use Albers)1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon cornstarch InstructionsPREP: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place EIGHT tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt. Set aside melted butter to cool to room temperature before using. Grab out the wet ingredients to get to room temperature.WET INGREDIENTS: In a large bowl combine the buttermilk, egg, TWO tablespoons of honey, brown sugar, and white sugar. While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in the melted (but room temperature) butter until smooth and combined. If the wet ingredients are super cold and butter is warm, it will clump. Pour the wet ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients and gently mix (or fold with a spatula) until just combined. Do not over mix or beat.DRY INGREDIENTS: In another large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch.PAN: Place the 1 tablespoon remaining butter in the 9x9 pan. Place in the preheated oven for exactly one minute and then remove using hot pad holders. Turn the pan around to coat the entire bottom in the melted butter. Pour the prepared batter into this pan and use a spatula to spread and make the top even.BAKE: Bake for 19-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the center springs back when pressed in gently. FINISH: Place the pan on a wire cooling rack and let it cool for 10 minutes. Gently brush on the cornbread with the remaining 2 tablespoons honey. Cut into squares and serve warm.STORAGE: Cornbread does not keep well. It is best used on the day it's baked. To store leftovers, wrap individual pieces in plastic and then foil and place in the fridge. If you are making cornbread for stuffing, it can be baked up to three days ahead (then store in an airtight container in the fridge). Video Recipe NotesCornbread tips: Mixing by hand and avoid over mixing. It is actually desirable to have a few lumps in the batter. They will hydrate during baking and give your cornbread a great texture! Once wet is combined with dry, work quickly with the batter. The moisture will begin to activate the leaveners in the batter so we want to get it into the oven as quick as possible. A dark pan will make crustier cornbread than a light pan. For the crustiest possible cornbread, use a cast iron skillet. Nutrition FactsServing: 16pieces | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.9g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 7.9g | Cholesterol: 31.1mg | Sodium: 139.7mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 8.8g DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.