Buttermilk Cornbread + VIDEO

This Buttermilk Cornbread is light, tender, and has a beautifully moist crumb! It’s easy to make in a skillet or baking dish and only uses one bowl!

This easy Buttermilk Cornbread recipe has the perfect balance of sweetness, flavor, and is made in one bowl! #cornbread #easyrecipe #sweetcornbread

*Originally published August 2016. Text and photos updated*

Buttermilk Cornbread

I have a confession– I am a cornbread addict! Especially when it is warm, slathered with butter and has a healthy drizzle of honey.

There is no holding me back from devouring at least half of the pan.

For me, cornbread is a comfort food. Maybe not comforting in the sense that I just ate my daily allowance of calories in cornbread, butter and honey when I ate half of the pan for breakfast…..ooops 🙂  But comforting because it’s one of those foods that soothe the soul and makes everything better.

This cornbread would go great with these BBQ Marinated Chicken Kabobs, topped with Homemade Ground Beef Taco Meat, or Homemade Oven Roasted Rotisserie Chicken just to name a few.

This Buttermilk Cornbread is a quick and easy recipe that makes the best cornbread! It has a nice tender crumb that's perfectly moist. And you can make it in a cast iron skillet or baking dish! This Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is the best cornbread ever!! Choose to make it sweet or savory by adjusting the sugar. It has a tender moist crumb and is perfect drizzled with honey! #cornbread #easyrecipe #sweetcornbread

This Buttermilk Cornbread is a quick and easy recipe that makes the best cornbread! It has a nice tender crumb that's perfectly moist. And you can make it in a cast iron skillet or baking dish! This Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is the best cornbread ever!! Choose to make it sweet or savory by adjusting the sugar. It has a tender moist crumb and is perfect drizzled with honey! #cornbread #easyrecipe #sweetcornbread

This easy Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is the only one you'll ever need! It can be sweet or savory, has a tender moist crumb, and it's made in one bowl! This Buttermilk Cornbread is a quick and easy recipe that makes the best cornbread! It has a nice tender crumb that's perfectly moist. And you can make it in a cast iron skillet or baking dish! This Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is the best cornbread ever!! Choose to make it sweet or savory by adjusting the sugar. It has a tender moist crumb and is perfect drizzled with honey! #cornbread #easyrecipe #sweetcornbread

Moist Cornbread Recipe

It’s perfect to pair with hearty meals, soups, and stews.  Now, not all cornbread recipes are equal, trust me on this one guys.  I have made a lot of cornbread in my time and there are some things that just can’t be changed in the recipe.

We want a moist, tender yet slightly crumbly cornbread.  It also has to have some flavor and the only way to get that is with butter and buttermilk.  There can be no substitute!

Oil will make a really tender and moist cornbread but it will lack in flavor and that’s why the butter is paired with buttermilk.  The butter gives some flavor and the buttermilk keeps it moist and tender.

So, please just don’t substitute on this recipe to try and make it “healthier” because it will disappoint you, I promise!

This easy Buttermilk Cornbread recipe has the perfect balance of sweetness, flavor, and is made in one bowl! #cornbread #easyrecipe #sweetcornbread This Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is the best cornbread ever!! Choose to make it sweet or savory by adjusting the sugar. It has a tender moist crumb and is perfect drizzled with honey! #cornbread #easyrecipe #sweetcornbread

Southern Cornbread or Sweet Cornbread

Now, for the sugar.  Are you team sweet cornbread or more on the southern less sweet cornbread team???  For me, it just depends on what I am going to pair my cornbread with.

If I am making it to go with a nice rich, thick and hearty stew I tend to go less sweet with my cornbread.  If I am just having a cornbread craving and pretty much know I am going to be eating at least half of the pan I go the sweeter route.

So, you will see that I give a range for the sugar quantity in this recipe.  That way the choice is yours.  Sweet or savory.

This Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is the best cornbread ever!! Choose to make it sweet or savory by adjusting the sugar. It has a tender moist crumb and is perfect drizzled with honey! #cornbread #easyrecipe #sweetcornbread

Watch our video on how to make Buttermilk Cornbread

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This Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is the best cornbread ever!! Choose to make it sweet or savory by adjusting the sugar. It has a tender moist crumb and is perfect drizzled with honey! #cornbread #easyrecipe #sweetcornbread
Buttermilk Cornbread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This Buttermilk Cornbread is light tender and has a beautifully moist crumb! It's easy to make in a skillet or baking dish and only uses one bowl!

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornbread, moist cornbread, sweet cornbread
Servings: 9
Calories: 285 kcal
Author: Countryside Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (190g) cornmeal
  • 1 cup (130g) all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons - 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (236ml) buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Place a pat of butter (about 1/2 tablespoon) in a 10" cast iron skillet. Place in oven to allow skillet to warm up and melt the butter. Or if you don't have a cast iron skillet lightly grease a 9x9 baking pan, set aside. 

  2. Meanwhile, In a large bowl combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add in the buttermilk, eggs, and butter. Stir just until combined, don't overmix! 

  3. Spoon into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for 18-22 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don't overbake. 

Recipe Notes
  1. Tightly wrap any leftovers with plastic wrap. Or wrap in plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 3 months. 
  2. If you do not keep buttermilk on hand, you can make your own by adding 3 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice or white vinegar to a large liquid measuring cup. Then add enough regular room temperature milk (I strongly recommend whole milk for moist cornbread) to make 1 cup total. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. This soured milk can be used in the recipe.
  3. Don't replace the buttermilk with just plain milk though and don't replace the melted butter with oil. It will drastically change the outcome of the cornbread. 
  4. Can substitute sugar with brown sugar for a slightly different flavor. 
  5. Nutrition Values Calculated using 2 Tablespoons sugar.

 

Nutrition Facts
Buttermilk Cornbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 220mg 9%
Potassium 251mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 5.2%
Calcium 8.1%
Iron 12.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is the best cornbread ever!! Choose to make it sweet or savory by adjusting the sugar. It has a tender moist crumb and is perfect drizzled with honey! #cornbread #easyrecipe #sweetcornbread

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