Homemade Cornbread Recipe

Soft and buttery corn bread with a hint of sweetness that melts in your mouth! This go-to recipe is perfect with any chili or soup recipe and is on repeat all fall long!

This delicious cornbread is the perfect side to all your favorite soups and chilis. Our favs to serve this with, include: white chicken chili, chicken enchilada soup and our go-to beef chili recipe.

Cornbread recipe stacked on white plate

Our Favorite Fall Side!

Who here loves cornbread?! This is another recipe I didn’t love as a kid, but absolutely love now!

In fact, I can’t even imagine NOT having cornbread with any sort of chili. It’s a must and is so delicious.

Over the years, we have experimented with a few recipes and today’s is one that I LOVED and think you will do. It’s just simple, buttery AND sweet which means you can’t go wrong with it.

Although, we love the sweet and savory found in this cornbread recipe, we also love our Sweet Cornbread, which has a lot more sugar and is simply delicious.

This classic cornbread recipe is perfect with most soup recipes, which has finally arrived (thank goodness!!) It’s especially delicious and melts in your mouth when it’s fresh and warm from the oven.

Cornmeal soaking in melt for how to make cornbead

How to make CornBread

It’s so easy and does NOT require a ton of time. Here’s what you’ll do.

PREP. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease an 8×10 inch pan.

SOAK. Pour milk in a large mixing bowl and add cornmeal and let soak for 10 minutes.

MAKE BATTER. Add flour, sugars, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

BAKE. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of the loaf comes out clean.

How to make cornbread process shot

Recipe Tips + Tricks

Make them into Muffins: Another way to bake this bread is to use a muffin pan. Pour the batter equally into a muffin pan filling each tin about ⅔ of the way, and bake for 12 – 14 minutes. This recipe makes 12 muffins.

We also have another recipe for Cornbread Muffins that is super tasty.

Crisp Crust: If you want a crispy crust try baking it in a preheated cast iron skillet. Place the skillet in the oven for 10 minutes then spray with oil, pour in the batter and bake. Check on the bread after 15 minutes by sticking a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, the bread is done. 

Another really delicious way to change up this cornbread is to add a few extra ingredients before baking such as:

  • Add crumbled cooked bacon, cheddar cheese and chives to the top for a savory bread
  • For a sweet variation add dried cranberries and chopped walnuts
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How to Store, Freeze + Reheat

Storage: Store the cooled cornbread wrapped in tin foil or in a Ziploc bag. You can keep it at room temperature for 1-2 days, or in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

Freezing: Let the bread cool, then wrap it as a whole block or in sections with plastic wrap. Wrap again with aluminum foil, or place in a freezer Ziploc bag. Label and freeze for 1-2 months. 

Reheating: Thaw, if applicable, and wrap the corn bread in tin foil. Bake at 350°F until warm. 

Homemade cornbread recipe stacked on white plate

For More breads, check out:

Cornbread Recipe

5 from 16 votes
Soft and buttery corn bread with a hint of sweetness that melts in your mouth! This go-to recipe is perfect with any chili or soup recipe and is on repeat all fall long!
Course Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
rest 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 205 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare an 8×10 (or 9×9) inch pan by spraying it with cooking spray.
  • In large mixing bowl pour the milk and then add the cornmeal. Stir and allow it to soak for 10 minutes.
  • Add flour, sugars, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20 to 24 minutes. Check by inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, it's done.

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Notes

Make them into muffins: Pour the batter equally into a muffin pan filling each tin about ⅔ of the way, and bake for 12 – 14 minutes. This recipe makes 12 muffins.

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  1. It is always interesting for an Alabama girl to read other people’s recipe for cornbread. There is a saying here that the Civil war was started over the addition of sugar to a cornbread mix. We never use sugar and this addition of 1 cup of sugar is really unusual. Our cornbread is basically self rising corn meal mix (meal, baking soda, baking powder, and a little flour, bought from shelf next to corn meal), egg, buttermilk, and maybe some bacon grease. Amount of corn meal is always greater than the amount of flour, and sometimes flour isn’t even added. Baked in a really hot cast iron skillet. Your recipe seems more like a sweet muffin. We do bake those, but call them muffins. Isn’t life interesting.

  2. 5 stars
    Cornbread is a must all winter long, with our soups & chili’s! I like how this recipe makes light & fluffy cornbread.