Everyday Cornbread

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Tender and a touch sweet, this cornbread is easy to whip up with very few ingredients.

This is the traditional “pan” version of the cornbread muffins I’ve been baking on the regular since my kids were toddlers. It’s one of the few recipes I have committed to heart. The cornbread is on the sweet side but not overly so, and it’s easy to whip up with very few ingredients. Pair it with beef chili, turkey chilichicken chili, crab cakes, black bean soup, or any Southern barbecue dish. The cornbread is best fresh out of the oven, but leftover squares can be reheated for breakfast and slathered with honey butter or jam.

What You’ll Need To Make Everyday Cornbread

cornbread ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by whisking the eggs in a medium bowl.

whisking the eggs

Add the honey and milk and whisk to combine.

adding honey and milk to the eggs

In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

combining the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisking the dry ingredients

Add the egg mixture and the melted butter to the dry ingredients.

adding liquid ingredients and melted butter to dry ingredients

Whisk until just combined.

mixed cornbread batter

Spoon the batter into a greased 8-inch square baking dish.

cornbread batter in baking dish

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is set and golden.

baked cornbread cooling on rack

Cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then cut into squares and serve warm with softened butter.

How To Freeze Cornbread

Cornbread tastes best when served right out of the oven but can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to three months. Thaw for 3 for 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap it in aluminum foil and warm in a 350°F-oven until hot. Alternatively, you can heat the squares in the microwave at 50 percent power for 30 to 45 seconds, or until just hot; do not overheat, or it will get tough.

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Everyday Cornbread

Tender and a touch sweet, this cornbread is easy to whip up with very few ingredients.

Servings: Makes one 8-inch square cornbread (about 12 servings)
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ cup milk (preferably whole but low-fat works too)
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Spray an 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, break up the eggs with a whisk. Whisk in the honey, and then the milk. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the milk mixture and the melted butter to the dry ingredients. Whisk until just blended. Do not overmix; it's okay if there are a few lumps. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is set and golden. Cool the cornbread for 10 to 15 minutes in the pan, then cut into squares and serve warm.
  4. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: Cornbread tastes best when served fresh out of the oven, but it can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 for 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap cornbread in aluminum foil and warm in a 350°F oven until hot. Alternatively, heat squares in the microwave at 50 percent power for 30 to 45 seconds, or until just hot; do not overheat or they will get tough.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (12 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 square
  • Calories: 216
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Sodium: 305mg
  • Cholesterol: 53mg

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Comments

  • I have tried at least a dozen different corn bread recipes over the years, and while I expected this to turn out well, as Jen’s recipes do, I did not realize that it might be what I’ve been searching for since I first remember trying cornbread at a Marie Callendar’s restaurant on a trip to Seattle as a teen (not going to date myself, but suffice it to say it was not…recently…). So good, so easy, so quick, and with items I always have on hand, this will now be my go-to cornbread recipe. I did make it in mini loaf pans (my 5-year-old’s preference), rather than a square pan, and it turned out perfectly. Served with honey butter, it was a huge hit, and I expect to make this one frequently!

    • — Candice on May 2, 2022
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  • Just made your stuffed peppers and cornbread. Yummy!
    Pre-cooking the peppers is genius.
    I really appreciate the great recipes, clear instructions and step by step pics. My family and I thank you so much.

    • — Pasqualina B. on March 15, 2022
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  • I’ve been making cornbread for years from another recipe, but this one is my new favourite. Really easy to make and tastes scrumptious. I thought it might be a little too sweet, but no, it’s just right. My wife is not a big cornbread fan but she loves this one. We had our first helping for lunch with a curry red lentil/potato soup. Perfect.

    • — Jim on February 22, 2022
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  • This was my first non-mix cornbread and it was delicious. A wee bit overdone for my liking so I would have taken it out 5 minutes sooner. I make it in a cast iron pan and drizzled it with honey before baking (my usual twist). It is sweet and fluffy and went great with Jenn’s classic chili. Next time I will add in diced jalapeño, which I usually do with cornbread.

    • — Julie Godwin on February 10, 2022
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  • This cornbread is absolutely delicious! Easy to make. Had it with stuffed peppers. I like that it is easy to make, mixes up quick and can make it last minute. I’ve never made any of your recipes that haven’t turned out delicious!

    • — Phyllis Michael on January 7, 2022
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  • I’m making this again today because it’s so fantastic but this time I was wondering if I mix up all the ingredients and put it in a pan and then bake it when I need to, can I do that? Or do I have to bake it right away after having everything ready in the pan? I’m just trying to plan out my timing for everything today. Will it go bad or would the cooking time be affected if it’s already mixed up and sitting in the dish I will be cooking it in on the counter? Or should I refrigerate it before cooking? And if I do should I take it out a few minutes before to let it come to room temperature? TIA!

    • — Judy on December 24, 2021
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    • Hi Judy, I suggest cooking this immediately after mixing the batter.

      • — Jenn on December 25, 2021
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  • Ridiculous. This recipe was crazy easy and absolutely delicious. My dad always used to make the corn muffins from a box and they were ok I guess but, boy, do I wish he was still around to try these. It’s funny what can cause you to really miss someone. Anyway, these are more like corncake. So sweet (but not too) and moist. At the event I took them to I was told they were the best anyone had ever tasted. I served them with your incredible chili. They didn’t wipe them out, though. That was fine by me bc as soon as it was time to leave I shoved them in a bag and they came back home with me where they belong. They made the prefect dinner!

    • — Dawn on December 17, 2021
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  • I’ve made this twice. Once as directed and it was delicious, and once dairy free for my grandson, substituting oil for butter and oat milk for milk. Not quite as good but still enjoyable. Thanks for this wonderful, easy recipe.

    • — Ken on November 29, 2021
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  • Perfection! I used Bob’s Red Mill Medium Grind Cornmeal and it put the texture over the top. Just the right amount of sweetness. Thank you, Jen!!

    • — Marybeth J Fiden on September 28, 2021
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  • My daughter and I baked this three times just since yesterday. At first, I said we needed to make a lot during a rare July weekend that is cool enough to use the oven. But after the first batch was devoured, it became clear this is our new favorite cornbread. Simple, quick, and my youngest child can do much of it herself. Was even was ok with oil instead of butter, when I ran out. Had to watch it in my unreliable oven (tented with foil when the top browned too quickly) but even the slightly overdone batch was delicious.

    The kids can polish off a batch in one sitting, if not restrained, and love to have it warm with butter and/or jam.

    • — Elle on July 4, 2021
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