Southern Cornbread

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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. With each region, the recipes vary greatly and reflect what’s in season or readily available.

southern cornbread in skillet with honey and almond butter
Southern Cornbread baked in a castiron pan.

Cornbread is a “quick-bread” largely associated with South and Southwest regions.

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

Most southern recipes accompany spicy barbecue and chili dishes. Cornbread is a wonderful go-along with spicy foods because it aids in resting the palette. Recipes for cornbread range from sweet to savory. Try any of our chili recipes to serve with this wonderful 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 quick and easy! Seriously as easy as gathering all the ingredients and following these easy steps. Once your ingredients are gathered, it’s time to move on to making the cornbread. It begins with preheating your oven to 425°F. 

Making Southern Cornbread

southern cornbread in the making
Step by step. Prepating traditional southern cornbread with organic ingredients.

Step One: Mix all dry ingredients together

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. Spray a 9-inch skillet with an ovenproof handle with nonstick cooking spray. Pour in the batter.

Step Two: Get the skillet ready for the Cornbread Batter

Place the skillet on the burner on medium-high heat for 1 minute. Then place 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. Turn the oven down to 375°F (191°C) and bake for 40 minutes. Brown under the broiler as above and brush with melted butter.

Step3: Put in the oven

Turn the oven down 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 not only honey but also beer! It’s delicious. You can enjoy it with this Southern Cornbread, or give it a try with our Beer Bread recipe!

Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Beer

Sweet and Spicy Chili

Chili is such a perfect dish for any weeknight evening. It doesn’t require a lot of time to fix and it’s a filling, healthy, and delicious meal to prepare. We think this Sweet Spicy Chili is borderline comfort food.

Check out this 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.

Making turkey chili in red cast iron pot surrounded by ingredients

Easy Turkey Chili Recipe

Turkey Chili is one of the best meals to put together when the weather is cold. Besides browning the meat, all you need to do is toss the ingredients together in a crockpot and wait a few hours for a deliciously filling meal.

Check out this recipe

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!

Sweet Potato Chili served over rice

Sweet Potato Chili

This sweet potato chili is made with a mix of beans, veggies, and spices that make a hearty, satisfying dish.

Check out this recipe

Cornbread easily 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 that we are sharing 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, puree 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 the steel skillet.

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

Honey Strawberry Jam in Ball Jar with jute rope bow around neck surrounded by fresh strawberries

Strawberry Jam Recipe

Our Honey Strawberry Jam is a great way to use up (and preserve) your berry harvest. Add in other fruits for a real summer treat all year long.

Check out this recipe

Adapting this Southern Cornbread Recipe

We see recipes as inspiration. Don’t feel like you have to make this Southern Cornbread Recipe exactly 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 very best, most decadent cornbread you will ever have.

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

Southern Cornbread

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: southern
Keyword: cornbread, cornbread recipe
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 795kcal
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.

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Ingredients

  • large eggs
  • 1 1/2  creamed corn canned
  • 1 1/2  sour cream
  • 3/4  sunflower oil or olive oil
  • 1 1/2  cornmeal self-rising
  • tbsp.  flour all-purpose
  • 3/4  tsp.  salt
  • 1/2  tsp.  baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. hot chilies optional finely chopped
  • tbsp.  butter melted
  • non-stick cooking spray

HONEY ALMOND BUTTER

  • Blanched Almonds
  • Salted Butter
  • 1/2  Waxing Kara Honey
  • 1/2  Lime
  • pinch  Sea Salt

Instructions

FOR THE CORNBREAD

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C).This would probably be 375°F Convection Oven
  • 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. Spray a 9-inch skillet with an ovenproof handle with nonstick cooking spray (see Note in #4). Pour in the batter.
  • Place the skillet on the burner on medium high heat for 1 minute. Then place on a shelf in the upper third of the oven. Turn the oven down 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.
  • Note: Instead of a skillet, spray a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan and place on a shelf in the upper third of the oven. Turn the oven down to 375°F (191°C) and bake for 40 minutes. Brown under the broiler as above and brush with melted butter.

FOR THE BUTTER

  • In Food processor puree almonds and juice of lime. Add Honey and Butter and whip till fully incorporated. Spread on warm Cornbread.

Nutrition

Calories: 795kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 537mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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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 learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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  1. This recipe comes from a very wonderful and quite talented chef, Jerry Edwards. Enjoy it!

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