Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread

by cakeduchess on December 15, 2010 · 34 comments

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When it gets REALLLLY cold here in sunny South Florida, I crave chili and corn bread. It was REALLY cold here last night and today. 12 degree wind chills merit a good bowl of chili with super fluffy cornbread. Don’t you agree?

This is grandmother’s buttermilk cornbread. Don’t ask me whose grandmother. It’s not mine. I found this recipe a while ago and I make it all year round. I use it also to make an amazing stuffing at Thanksgiving. Since I baked this Thanksgiving, we didn’t have the amazing stuffing. I think I will make it “just because” so y’all could have the recipe!

I have a feeling this was Paula Deen’s grandmother’s recipe because it has a cup of buttermilk AND a whole stick of butter. It is NOT low fat Winking smile and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
This recipe is cornbread perfection. Crispy around the edges. Moist and fluffy. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it all in a cast iron skillet or an oven proof skillet. You melt the butter on the stove and then whisk in the other ingredients. Pop it in the oven. Prepare to get a belly ache because you will eat the whole pan and pair it with a hot bowl of spicy chili. Keep some Tum’s handy.

I know that chili is tempting and you want the recipe. You NEED this fabulous recipe. GO on over and get it! Tell Lizzie at food and thrift finds I sent you overSmile.
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I love baking with cornmeal because of the crunch factor. I like cakes with cornmeal. I love cookies with cornmeal. I adore polenta.
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar (original recipe calls for 2/3 which is a little too sweet for us)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (If you don’t have buttermilk handy, add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to a cup of whole milk. Let it sit for a couple minutes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). You can make in an 8 inch   square pan or cook in a cast iron or other oven proof skillet. I like to make mine in my 8-inch cast iron skillet.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt and baking soda Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Quickly add the eggs and whisk until well blended.  Whisk in the  buttermilk. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt in 3 portions until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My corn bread baked in exactly 30 minutes in a 8-inch cast iron skillet.
adapted from All Recipes

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Ilke December 15, 2010 at 3:14 am

I do crave a good chili and cornbread when it is freezing outside as well. We always try different cornbread recipes to make sure we find the right, rich, crumbly one :) I will make sure I add this to the recipes!
Just to make it fun, I bought corn shape cast iron baking pans for cornbread :)

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Wilde in the Kitchen December 15, 2010 at 3:37 am

My boyfriend lived in South FL when I was in grad school in WI. I loved visiting him in January, the temp difference was always like 80 degrees! :)

Thanks for the cornbread recipe, I’m always on the lookout for good cornbread!

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Jean December 15, 2010 at 3:53 am

Cornbread and chili are such a great pair and I have a cast iron skillet that is just waiting for me to make this. Thanks!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 15, 2010 at 4:05 am

Why can’t I have dinner at your house? :) Your cornbread and chili looks sooooo good. Cornbread is one of my absolute favorites. I love that your cornbread has a stick of butter, I think you’re trying to make me love you even more?! ;)

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claire December 15, 2010 at 4:07 am

mmm! i cant wait to try this! my crockpot has become my bestie and this recipe will be the perfect addition!

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baking.serendipity December 15, 2010 at 4:33 am

This looks fantastic!! Grandma recipes are alway reliable…no matter whose grandma they are :)

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sara @ CaffeIna December 15, 2010 at 4:35 am

It’s so funny…I’ve made cornbread for the first time a month ago and used this same recipe from all recipes. it’s fool proof and honestly, the best cornbread I’ve ever had. Since then my husband wants only this cornbread.

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Kristen December 15, 2010 at 4:44 am

I made buttermilk corn muffins just last night with a big pot of chili. We are suffering through abnormally high temperatures here in Arizona, but I made the chili and cornbread to commiserate. I cannot imagine how south Florida deals with temperatures in the teens. My husband was in Jacksonville last winter and froze because the house he was staying in didn’t have a heater!

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Hester aka The Chefdoc December 15, 2010 at 7:49 am

Mmm mmm mmm! This looks so tasty! I find cornbread recipes to be hit or miss but, I shall try yours because you swear by it and your pictures are wooing me to! I think I might have to add some corn into mine, though, haha. Thank you for sharing!

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eatgreek.net December 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

mmm…. yummy!!!!!!! love it!

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Sandra December 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I’m slightly cornbread challenged and this looks like a good one to try.

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Angie's Recipes December 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I love cornbread! These look so good!

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Carolyn December 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Looks amazing! With cornbread that good, doesn’t matter whose grandmother it is.

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Evan @swEEts December 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I just got done looking at Elisabeth’s chili recipe and I knew I had to come here next! I’ve been on the lookout for good cornbread-its so hard to find! I can’t wait to try yours!!

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Roxan December 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Lol! I love that this is grandmother’s buttermilk cornbread, but you have no idea whose. And 12 degrees in Florida? Yikes… I had no idea it could even get that cold here. I can only imagine what would happen here in LA if it got that cold. I think everyone would call in sick to work.

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Pretend Chef December 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Is this cornbread sweet? I really love a more sweetened cornbread and if it’s not then I just drizzle honey and butter on top. Cornbread and chili go hand in hand. I love the combination. The cornbread looks incredible and I love the ease of it.

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The Mom Chef December 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Ah, it’s definitely southern corn bread, yes. No sugar. I love the buttermilk (and regular butter) in it though. Yum, it looks fantastic.

No I have to go look at that chili!

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BakingWithoutaBox December 16, 2010 at 3:24 am

Bless your heart! You’re freezing and still sending wonderful real cornbread (none of that fake crap) photos to a homesick southern girl. You just got elevated to angelic baking royalty in my book. Now if I just had a big chunk of that and a glass of milk. :)

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Monet December 16, 2010 at 6:23 am

Yes! Cornbread and chili is a wonderful way to combat these cold cold days. Bless your heart…the South isn’t used to these cold snaps! We were spared here in Austin (it was almost 78 degrees today!) Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a warmer weekened, my dear!

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Sylvie - Gourmande in the Kitchen December 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

Wow, that buttermilk cornbread looks so moist. I guess that’s what a 1/2 cup of butter will do, not that that will deter me from making it!

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Susan - The Spice Garden December 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

My husband just took some ground venison out of the freezer … looks like chili on our stovetop this afternoon! This cornbread recipe will round it out nicely! Thanks so much for the hint … AND the recipe!

PS I made the red velvet cupcakes for our family Christmas party and needless to say, they were a great hit! Double thanks!

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE December 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Yay for Paula Dean’s grandmother! ;)

This looks delicious! Similar to the recipe I use, but a like sweeten it partially with maple syrup! Yours looks so light and fluffy!

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Sue December 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Chili and cornbread are PERFECT for winter! This recipe sounds wonderful!

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Dinners & Dreams December 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Mmm, few things beat a good homemade cornbread. I need to make some over the holidays.

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Dinners & Dreams December 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Mmm, few things beat a good homemade cornbread. I need to make some over the holidays.

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Dinners & Dreams December 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Mmm, few things beat a good homemade cornbread. I need to make some over the holidays.

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Dinners & Dreams December 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Mmm, few things beat a good homemade cornbread. I need to make some over the holidays.

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Sara December 17, 2010 at 12:38 am

Chili is the ultimate cold night meal. I always keep a few extra cans of beans and tomato sauce in the cabinet…just in case.

Oh, and I can’t eat cornbread without honey. I love to make mine with jalapenos. Mouth.is.watering.

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Grace December 17, 2010 at 1:19 am

I have yet to try cornbread. I think I need to put it on my list. Chilli sounds really good about now, it’s freezing here. We were snowed in yet again yesterday after a 4 day blizzard last week.

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Elin December 17, 2010 at 6:38 am

Lora..this cornbread looks yummy ! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the tips on the buttermilk. Over here it is hard to get buttermilk :(

Merry Xmas to you and family,
Elin

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Amy Bakes Everything December 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Love this recipe, and I really love fluffy cornbread like yours!

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Cucina di Barbara December 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Io ammetto che non sono molto brava a preparare i dolci …ma sono estremamente brava a mangiarli:))
Ciao
Barbaraxx

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Magic of Spice December 21, 2010 at 1:18 am

Love the buttermilk and butter :) Looks and sounds fantastic…Grandmothers usually know best ;)

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A Canadian Foodie December 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Lora: Does it every REALLY get cold in South Florida? I ask – as everything is obviously relative. I am from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. And, it does really get cold here! :)
I found you today, at Monet’s site and dropped by to be drawn in my this amazing buttermilk cornmeal cornbread. I could not resist. Buttermilk and cornmeal would be a dynamite pair. And, now – I will be off to visit the site you got this recipe from. Hilarious. I am definitely on an adventure this morning.
Glad I found you!
:)
Valerie

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