Southern Cornbread

Southern Cornbread

Southern Cornbread is an ancient recipe that dates back to early Native American settlements. Cornbread made its first modern appearance when native American tribes provided food for the early settlers of the Americas in the south. Each region’s recipes vary greatly and reflect what’s in season or readily available.

southern cornbread in skillet with honey and honey dipper
Southern Cornbread baked in a cast iron pan.

Cornbread is a “quickbread” primarily associated with South and Southwest regions.

Initially, Cornbread was made with ground-dried corn, water, and salt. As time passed, recipes varied from region to region based on family customs, the type of corn prevalent, and preferred ingredients. In the southwest blue corn was the prevalent crop, while northern regions grew yellow corn, and white corn was prevalent in the south.

Cornbread is a beautiful go-along with spicy foods because it aids in resting the palette. Recipes for cornbread range from sweet to savory. Most southern recipes accompany spicy barbecue and chili dishes. Try any chili recipes to serve with this beautiful southern cornbread recipe.

How to make Southern Cornbread

It’s easy to make this Southern Cornbread recipe. Let’s first take a look at cornbread ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Creamed Corn
  • Sour Cream
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Self-Rising Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Chilis
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Cooking Spray

These ingredients come together quickly and easily! Seriously as easy as gathering all the ingredients and following these easy steps. Once your ingredients are gathered, it’s time to make the Cornbread. It begins with preheating your oven to 425°F.

How to Make Southern Cornbread

southern cornbread in the making ingredients being mixed
Step by step. We are preparing traditional southern Cornbread with organic ingredients.

One: Mix all dry ingredients

Beat the eggs slightly in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the creamed corn, sour cream, and oil. Add the cornbread mix, flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir to blend well. Pour in the batter. Spray a 9-inch skillet with an ovenproof handle with nonstick cooking spray.

Two: Get the skillet ready for the Cornbread Batter

Place the skillet on the burner on medium-high heat for 1 minute. Then place it on a shelf in the upper third of the oven.

Note: Instead of a skillet, spray a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan and place it on a shelf in the upper third of the oven. Brown under the broiler as above and brush with melted butter. Turn the oven to 375°F (191°C) and bake for 40 minutes.

Three: Put in the oven

Turn the oven to 375°F (191°C) and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Slide under the broiler about 4 inches from the flame for 45 seconds to a minute to brown the top. Watch carefully. Brush the top with melted butter for a shiny finish.

What to eat with Southern Cornbread

Sweet Spicy Honey Chili with Beer

This Sweet and Spicy Chili is made with honey and beer! It’s delicious. You can enjoy it with this Southern Cornbread, or give it a try with our Beer Bread recipe!

This Turkey Chili Recipe is for our friends who indulge in eating poultry but skip the red meat. It’s loaded with protein and supremely satisfying.

If you prefer beanless and meatless chili, we have you covered as a companion to this Southern Cornbread; give this Sweet Potato Chili a try!

Cornbread efficiently completes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we serve this recipe with a specialty homemade honey almond butter. Try making this homemade companion butter, also.

Making Almond Butter

The almond butter we share in this recipe by Chef Jerry Edwards of Baltimore includes our Orange Blossom Honey, toasted almonds, and sweet butter. I kept this around a while after the Cornbread was gone, as we realized it pairs nicely with toast.

To make this almond butter, you’ll need Blanched almonds, butter, honey, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. In a food processor, purée almonds and lime juice. Add Honey and Butter and whip till fully incorporated. Spread on warm Cornbread.

Cornbread in a round pan with a pie-shaped slice out of it still in skillet. Perfect for Thanksgiving Feast!

Consider a little jam with this almond butter! This honey strawberry jam is a delicious treat and goes beautifully well with this Cornbread if all you’re after is satisfying the sweet tooth!

Adapting this Southern Cornbread Recipe

We see recipes as inspiration. Please don’t feel like you have to make this Southern Cornbread Recipe precisely the way our recipe shows. Get creative. Experiment. Try something different. Here are some ideas in case you need a little boost with adapting this recipe:

  • Replace the chopped chilies with dried cranberries and orange zest for a sweeter result
  • Swap the creamed corn with cheddar cheese and chopped cooked bacon
  • Try this recipe with some added roasted red peppers

This might be the best decadent Cornbread you will ever have.

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Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learning about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more. Read more about Kara