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Gemma’s Best Ever Cornbread

4.6 from 96 votes
Baked in a cast iron skillet and studded with spicy jalapeños and cheddar cheese, this is my Best-Ever Cornbread!
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Hi Bold Bakers!

One of my all-time favorite savory things to bake is cornbread! Full of texture, both salty and sweet, there is nothing like homemade cornbread dipped into a big bowl of chili or slathered with my Homemade Butter and a drizzle of honey! Baked in a cast iron skillet and studded with spicy jalapeños and cheddar cheese, this is my Best-Ever Cornbread recipe! Once you give it a try you will never look at boxed cornbread the same way again.

I would also just like to point out to my fellow Bold Bakers that it took me a while to get to this recipe. I had made many, many cornbreads over the years but I was never happy with the results. They were either too dry or not ‘corny’ enough. This is a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and a little kick of heat from the jalapeños.

How do you make moist cornbread?

One of the things that makes this my Best-Ever Corn Bread recipe is the addition of fresh, blended corn. This adds moisture, texture, and sweetness of the blended fresh corn gives the batter an unmistakable amount of flavor and ensures the final bread won’t dry out even a day or two after it’s baked.

To blend the fresh corn I use a food processor, but you can use a blender or do this by hand with a knife. This, in combination with the gooey cheese, milk, and eggs, take my cornbread to the next level!

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What if I don’t have a cast iron skillet?

I chose to make this in my GoodCook 10-inch Cast Iron Skillet, as it makes the bread nice and crisp on the outside and makes for a really fun presentation. If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, you can always bake this in a 9-inch cake tin — and it will come out every bit as tasty!

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How long can I store cornbread — and how?

Cornbread is a great make-ahead bread! After you bake the bread off you can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, but I highly doubt it will last that long!

What can I add to my cornbread recipe?

I chose to add some kick to this cornbread by adding chopped jalapeño peppers. I love the extra layer of flavor this adds in contrast to the sweet corn and salty cheese. If you don’t like spicy foods, feel free to leave them out.

My Best-Ever Corn Bread can really be dressed up any way you like, I also like to add bacon and chopped green onions for another variation, YUM!

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Can cornbread be frozen?

This is a great bread to keep stored in the freezer for up to 8 weeks. I pre-slice the loaf so I can easily grab a slice when the mood strikes me. To thaw the cornbread allow it to defrost in the fridge, then once fully defrosted toast it up or warm in the microwave and enjoy!

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Gemma's Best Ever Corn Bread Recipe

4.6 from 96 votes
Baked in a cast iron skillet and studded with spicy jalapeños and cheddar cheese, this is my Best-Ever Cornbread recipe!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 14 slices
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Baked in a cast iron skillet and studded with spicy jalapeños and cheddar cheese, this is my Best-Ever Cornbread recipe!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 14 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups (9oz/271g) corn, (fresh, tinned or frozen)
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (2 ½ oz/71g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) butter, divided then melted
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2oz/213g) sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 jalapeno pepper, large, chopped
  • 1 cup (5oz/142g) yellow corn meal, fine
  • 3/4 cup (3 ¾oz/105g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • First, roughly blend the corn until it is in small chunks. You can do this in a food processor or by hand with a knife. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, egg, honey and 2 tablespoons of butter, melted.
  • Next stir in the blended corn, grated cheddar, and chopped jalapeños.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet and whisk together until just combined. Take care not to over mix. 
  • Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into a 10-inch skillet or cake pan and heat in the oven for 5 minutes. 
  • Pour the batter into the hot skillet. Bake the cornbread for 35-40 minutes or until it's golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
  • Store any leftover cornbread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. It can also be frozen for up to 8 weeks. To thaw, remove from the freezer and let stand at room temperature until soft. Warm and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Consult my Egg Substitute Guide and swap eggs 1:1 with flax egg!

 

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Susan
Susan
10 months ago

I just made your cornbread in a skillet. Though done, I thought it was a bit pale. Hmmm. A few minutes later, I found the melted butter in my microwave. I had omitted all the butter from the recipe! At this point dinner guests were arriving, so I just poured the melted butter over the still-warm cornbread. Everyone loved it. What a forgiving resilient recipe!

4 months ago

Made this today,,, decided to make a “cornbread pizza” I halved the ingredients and used it as a pizza base,let it finish baking and topped with pesto/cheese/mushrooms and put it back in the oven for five minutes. Also realised I had no corn at home and decided to add some finely grated carrot instead (1 small carrot) worked just as well it was incredibly soft.

david maberry
david maberry
2 months ago

greatest corn bread ever from a 76 year old cornbread lover.

Jim
Jim
5 days ago

We have a cast iron aebleskiver pan that doesn’t get much use. Perhaps this could be used for hush puppies? This is a really good recipe for cornbread. Thanks.

Monica R
17 days ago

Hi Gemma, can I use cornstarch in place of yellow corn meal? Yellow corn meal is not familiar in my country. Thanks in advance for your help!

RashiK
28 days ago

Awesome recipe. The combination of honey, cheese & jalapeno is divine, it was so delicious that even the crumbs were licked off by me & family.

bhavi
bhavi
1 month ago

hi, gemma i made corn bread today and i m vegetarian so i used banana instead of egg cz nothing was handy at this time. bread was good but it was sweet as i add banana and honey as per yr recipe . can i omit egg and honey both? no one like sweet taste in my home?
thanks

Rose
Rose
1 month ago

Hi Gemma could I make this as corn muffins instead of cornbread & would I need to make any adjustments? Thank you!

Rosa
Rosa
2 months ago

Hi Gemma
I live in Mexico, and usually a good cornbread is baked with chicken, cheese and roasted chiles, would this recipe work with this ingredients??

Cathe
2 months ago

Hi Gemma – I love to make this corn bread but I have trouble looking for yellow corn meal. What can I replace with it? Thank you

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