This buttermilk cornbread recipe is not your typical cornbread. It’s sweet and decidedly not Southern and we love it anyways. It may just be the best cornbread we’ve ever had.
This buttermilk cornbread is not your typical cornbread. “Almost like eating cake.” “Wow!” “Heavenly.” “The best cornbread we’ve ever had.” “It is so worth the calories!” “Stop me before I make another!” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe. It’s completely the opposite of dry, says author Zoe Nathan. It can stand on its own without needing to be slathered with butter, she continues. It’s sinfully sweet. And, as such, it’s definitely not Southern. But it is wildly versatile. Sorta makes you want to drop everything and run to the kitchen to try it, doesn’t it? Those are good instincts. Follow them. This recipe has been updated. Originally published July 2, 2015.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 30 M
- 1 H, 30 M
- Makes 16 squares
- 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, somewhere between cold and room temperature
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup (160 g) cornmeal
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (100 g) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (30 g) whole-wheat flour (or substitute all-purpose flour)
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) whole milk
- 1 cup (240 ml) full-fat buttermilk
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup (180 ml) mild olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line an 8-by-8-inch (20-by-20 cm) metal pan with parchment paper.
- 2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, and salt on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Incorporate the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl well.
- 3. Pause the machine and add the cornmeal, all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, and baking powder. With the mixer on low speed, mix until incorporated. Then pour in the milk, buttermilk, oil, and honey and mix just until combined. This should yield a very loose, runny batter. (Small lumps of butter are no problem, but avoid any lumps of flour. If you see them, mix the batter just a little longer or work them out with your fingertips or the tines of a fork.)
- 4. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. You’re going to want to start checking the cornbread after 30 minutes, and if the surface turns perfectly golden brown before the time is up, loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil. Let the cornbread cool ever so slightly in the pan on a wire rack prior to slicing. This buttermilk cornbread is best served the day it’s made but keeps for up to 2 days if wrapped well.
- Cheddar and Jalapeño Cornbread
- Increase the salt to 2 teaspoons, omit the honey and in its place stir in 1/2 cup grated Cheddar, 2 seeded and finely chopped jalapeños, and 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro.
- Fresh Corn Cornbread
- Stir 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 3 ears) into the batter just before scraping it into the pan. (Beware that the added moisture from the corn kernels has the tendency to turn the cornbread quite pudding-like.)
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Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe © 2014 Zoe Nathan. Photo © 2014 Matt Armendariz. All rights reserved.
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