Scrumptious Southern Cornbread Recipe for Any Occasion

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a culinary explorer, it’s that cornbread is an American classic through and through. And yet, even though there are countless cornbread recipes out there, few can compare to the rich and moist cornbread recipe I’m about to share with you. Trust me when I say that this will be the last cornbread recipe you’ll ever need.

There’s just something about the perfect cornbread that reminds me of home – whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a holiday celebration. And while there are countless variations out there, there’s just simply no substitute for good old-fashioned comfort food. No frills, no fancy gimmicks: just wholesome, delicious ingredients that come together to form the ultimate baked treat.

This particular recipe boasts a rich flavor and super moist texture – with just the right amount of sweetness to keep things interesting. It’s got all your favorite traditional ingredients like yellow cornmeal and all-purpose flour, along with heavy cream and unsalted butter for an extra decadent touch.

So let’s get started on this journey together – after all, nothing says “home” quite like a fresh batch of homemade cornbread.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Rich Cornbread
Rich Cornbread

This rich cornbread recipe is an irresistible treat that will leave you wanting more. The combination of ingredients and the careful baking process ensure you get a dish that is moist, sweet, and full of flavor.

What sets this recipe apart from other cornbread recipes is the addition of heavy cream and sour cream, giving it a rich and creamy texture. Mixing in unsalted butter gives the cornbread a smooth, buttery flavor that melts in your mouth. The ingredients work together seamlessly to provide a flavorful twist to an old favorite.

This cornbread is perfect alongside a warm bowl of chili on a chilly day or served as a side dish at your next dinner party. It’s versatile enough to accompany any meal, and its sweet taste will ensure it quickly becomes a family favorite.

What makes this cornbread recipe so delightful is how easy it is to make. With just a few simple steps, anyone can produce impressive results even if you are inexperienced in baking. And with simple substitutions and variations, you can customize this cornbread recipe to fit any taste.

Make sure you try out this rich and moist cornbread recipe for your next get-together, or when you need that comfort food fix. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 A hot and wholesome piece of rich cornbread that will leave your mouth watering
A hot and wholesome piece of rich cornbread that will leave your mouth watering

A good cornbread recipe requires simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Yellow cornmeal is the star ingredient, giving the bread a golden color and a gritty texture. You also need all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt to help the cornbread rise and add some flavor. For richness and a super moist texture, this recipe calls for a lot of butter: unsalted butter melted and mixed into the batter, and additional butter to coat the baking pan. Eggs are also important for binding everything together, while milk and heavy cream bring moisture and richness to the table. Sour cream makes an unexpected appearance but adds a tangy flavor that balances the sweetness of the cornmeal. Finally, a touch of sweetness from sugar and a drizzle of honey butter (melted butter mixed with honey) round out the flavors. Here’s what you need:
– 2 cups yellow cornmeal
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 3 tablespoons sugar
– 4 teaspoons baking powder
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
– Plus more butter for greasing the baking pan
– 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
– 2 cups milk
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1/2 cup sour cream

The Recipe How-To

Now, it’s time to get our hands dirty with the Rich Cornbread Recipe. This recipe will bake up a a moist, rich flavored and buttery cornbread, that will pair well with many savory dishes or even honey butter jam. Below are the step by step instructions for making this delicious cornbread.


  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature

Step 1 – Preheat oven and prepare pan

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2 – Mix dry ingredients

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well combined.

Step 3 – Mix wet ingredients

In another mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs until they are light and frothy. Add in the melted butter, milk, and heavy cream. Mix well.

Step 4 – Combine wet and dry ingredients

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix as it can result in a tough cornbread.

Step 5 – Bake in preheated oven

Pour the batter into the greased pan and smooth out the top. Place it in the preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 6 – Cool down before serving

Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your delicious Rich Cornbread fresh from the oven with a pat of butter on top!

Substitutions and Variations

 Can you smell the buttery goodness of this rich cornbread baking in the oven?
Can you smell the buttery goodness of this rich cornbread baking in the oven?

Listen up, culinary explorers. If you wanna spice things up and experiment with your tastebuds, let’s talk substitutions and variations for this rich cornbread recipe.

First up, if you don’t have access to heavy cream or prefer a lighter option, fear not. Simply swap it out for an equal amount of whole milk or buttermilk. You might lose some richness, but the flavor will still be top-notch.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some extra flavors like chopped jalapeños, grated cheese, or even sundried tomatoes. This will add some zing and make the flavors pop.

For a healthier twist, replace a portion of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour to add more nutty depth to the dish. You could also swap out refined sugar for honey or maple syrup in the batter.

If you’re serving this cornbread as a side dish to a hearty chili or soup, you can experiment with different types of cornmeal as well. White cornmeal produces a sweeter flavor than yellow cornmeal and is commonly used in Southern-style recipes.

Lastly, if you’re in a rush or don’t have all the ingredients on hand, try using pre-packaged corn muffin mix like Krusteaz. Just mix in some sour cream, eggs, butter and additional sugar if desired before baking to make it truly your own.

Remember fellow foodies – cooking is all about experimentation so don’t be afraid to get creative and find what tastes best to you.

Serving and Pairing

 This cornbread is the perfect side dish for your next BBQ
This cornbread is the perfect side dish for your next BBQ

The warm and buttery aroma of this rich cornbread recipe will have everyone’s mouth watering before they even take a bite. Serve it fresh out of the oven, while the exterior is crispy and golden brown and the interior is moist and fluffy.

Pair it with some honey butter to add a touch of sweetness that will perfectly balance out the savory richness of the cornbread. Alternatively, try serving it alongside a bowl of chili or hearty soup for the ultimate comfort food meal. The dense texture of this cornbread makes it perfect for sopping up those delicious soup broths.

For a Southern twist, serve with some collard greens or black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. This versatile bread can also be served as a sweet treat with some maple syrup and sliced fruit.

No matter the occasion or meal, this rich and moist cornbread recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser that everyone will keep coming back for more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The warm and crumbly texture of this rich cornbread is just what you need on a cold day
The warm and crumbly texture of this rich cornbread is just what you need on a cold day

When it comes to cornbread, the good news is that you can make it ahead and even store it for several days without losing its moistness and flavor. And reheating it is a piece of cake!

To make cornbread ahead of time, prepare the recipe as instructed, then let it cool completely. Wrap it in foil or plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to five days. I like to reheat my cornbread in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-15 minutes until it’s heated through.

Alternatively, you can also freeze your cornbread for up to three months. To freeze, cool the baked cornbread completely, wrap it tightly with foil, and place inside a freezer bag. To reheat frozen cornbread, simply thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or on the countertop for a few hours before reheating using your preferred method.

Another option is to bake a big batch of mini cornbread muffins or slices and freeze them individually. This way, you can have freshly baked homemade cornbread whenever you like. Just pop one or two portions into the toaster oven or microwave and reheat for a quick snack.

If you have leftover cornbread from your meal, don’t worry! You can still enjoy it tomorrow by storing it properly. Simply transfer the leftovers into an airtight container or sealable plastic bag and store in the fridge for up to five days. When you’re ready to eat, reheat in either the microwave or oven until heated through.

Cornbread is one of those things that gets better with age because its flavors deepens over time. So feel free to make-ahead, store and reheat your rich and moist cornbread without any worries. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A classic recipe that will bring back memories of grandma's kitchen
A classic recipe that will bring back memories of grandma’s kitchen

Creating the perfect cornbread requires attention to detail and a few key tips. This is a classic recipe that has been perfected over generations, and I’m here to help you achieve that classic quality with my personal suggestions.

First of all, make sure all of your ingredients are fresh, especially the baking powder and baking soda. These ingredients lose their effectiveness over time and can cause your cornbread not to rise.

Next, mix the dry ingredients separately from the wet ones. This ensures an even distribution of each ingredient in your batter.

When it comes to adding the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, avoid over-mixing. Over-mixing leads to tough, dense cornbread since it can develop gluten in the flour. Fold gently until everything is just combined.

Another important factor for a moist and rich cornbread is using buttermilk instead of regular milk. Buttermilk adds tanginess and moisture to breads like this and gives you a lovely crumb in your cornbread.

To achieve a crispy crust on your cornbread is important to be quick when pouring hot batter into your skillet or pan when using one instead of muffin tins. Preheat it before adding melted butter to coat the bottom before putting it back into the oven with the batter inside, helping in this way with both texture and flavor.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with variations or substitutions based on your preferences! You could try using honey instead of sugar for sweetness or swapping out some of your flour for cornmeal for an extra crunch. Just make sure you keep track of any changes you make so that you know what works best for next time.


As a culinary explorer, I believe it’s crucial to address common questions that may arise when trying out a new recipe. In this case, I’ve gathered some frequently asked questions that will come in handy as you make your way through this rich cornbread recipe. So, before you begin, take a look at these FAQ and clear up any doubts you might have!

What does adding an extra egg to cornbread do?

When baking cornbread, adjusting the ingredients can affect the flavor profile. For more prominent corn flavor, adding extra corn will do the trick. Incorporating an egg will give the bread a richer, more eggy taste. Using buttermilk instead of water will result in a creamier mouthfeel.

How is Southern cornbread different?

When it comes to cornbread, the Southern style differs from the Northern variety in a few ways. Firstly, it has a sweeter taste which many people enjoy. Additionally, Southern cornbread can be made with either white or yellow cornmeal and has a buttery finish. The recipe also calls for more eggs, giving it a cakelike texture that is different from the more crumbly texture of Northern cornbread.

How do you make cornbread rise higher?

When it comes to making cornbread, two key ingredients that can help achieve the perfect texture are baking powder and baking soda. Baking powder can add some height to the cornbread and give it a fluffy consistency, while baking soda can work well with buttermilk to help the cornbread rise. By using these ingredients in the right amounts, you can create delicious and perfectly textured cornbread.

Do Southerners put sugar in cornbread?

As the original corn pone recipe evolved over time, ingredients such as buttermilk, eggs, and leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder were added to create what we now know as cornbread. However, nowadays, even Southern cornbread recipes include the addition of wheat flour and sugar.

Bottom Line

In summary, if you’re searching for a delicious and rich cornbread recipe that will make your taste buds dance with joy, look no further. This recipe combines the perfect blend of ingredients and method to create a moist and flavorful cornbread that’s sure to impress. With its tender crumb, buttery flavor, and subtle sweetness, this cornbread is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

Not only is it simple to execute, but it’s also versatile enough to pair with many dishes. Whether you want it at breakfast or summertime BBQ, this cornbread fits every occasion.

Finally, don’t forget to experiment with the variations included in this article or let your imagination fly and create custom versions. With the flexible recipe included here, the possibilities are endless. Make this rich cornbread your own and enjoy the delicious taste of homemade indulgence.

In conclusion, I’m confident that you’ll make beautiful memories around the table with this rich and moist cornbread recipe. Impress your friends and family by using these easy steps as you take on new challenges in the kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Grab those ingredients today and start baking!

Rich Cornbread

Rich Cornbread Recipe

A delicious recipe from Bernard Clayton
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 235.7 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • Mix cornmeal, flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, beat eggs and then add milk, pour this into the bowl of dry ingredients.
  • Pour in the cream and butter.
  • Pour the batter into a 13"x11" baking pan.
  • bake in a 350F for 20-25 minutes.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 97gCalories: 235.7kcalCarbohydrates: 25.7gProtein: 6.2gFat: 12.4gSaturated Fat: 6.8gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 519.9mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 0.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Quick Breads
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