We like to serve this Cheddar corn bread with chili or even ribs. The addition of whole corn kernels makes the texture a little more interesting, but you can leave them out with no problem. Ditto the pickled jalapeños; and you can even switch the cheese for a different one.
Note: If you don’t have a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, use an 8-inch square baking pan and adjust the baking time.–Lucinda Scala Quinn
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Cheddar Corn Bread Recipe Recipe
Hands-On Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 55 minutes | Serves 6 to 8
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or left over from a cooked cob)
- 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeños (optional)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
- 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cayenne. Blend in the milk, eggs, and butter. Fold in the cheese, corn, and the jalapeños, if using.
- 3. Scoop into a well-seasoned 10-inch cast-iron skillet or a buttered 8-inch square baking pan and smooth over the top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Note: Do not overbake or the corn bread will be dry. Cut into wedges or squares and serve hot.
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Cheddar Corn Bread Recipe Recipe © 2009 Lucinda Scala Quinn. Photo © 2009 Mikkel Vang. All rights reserved.