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Recipe for Classic Skillet Cornbread


Recipe for Classic Skillet Cornbread





This classic skillet cornbread is a staple in Southern cuisine. It’s perfectly moist, slightly sweet, and has a wonderful golden crust. Here’s how to make it:




1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder


1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup whole milk

2 large eggs


8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided

1 tablespoon honey (optional)



Preheat the Oven:

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven to heat up.


Mix Dry Ingredients:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Mix Wet Ingredients:

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, whole milk, eggs, and 6 tablespoons of the melted butter. If using, add the honey and mix until well combined.

Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir just until combined; do not overmix. The batter should be slightly lumpy.

Prepare the Skillet:

Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven using oven mitts. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter to the skillet, swirling to coat the bottom and sides.

Bake the Cornbread:


Pour the batter into the hot, buttered skillet, spreading it out evenly.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool and Serve:

Allow the cornbread to cool in the skillet for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.



Preheating the Skillet: Preheating the cast-iron skillet is essential for achieving a crispy crust on the cornbread.

Buttermilk Substitute: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes.

Add-ins: For variations, you can add ingredients like shredded cheddar cheese, chopped jalapeños, or corn kernels to the batter before baking.

Enjoy your classic skillet cornbread, a delicious and comforting side dish that’s perfect with a bowl of chili, a hearty stew, or just on its own with a pat of butter!

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