A pan of this Easy Skillet Cornbread goes so well with any meal. It is simple to make with ingredients from your pantry. Add some butter and a drizzle of honey, and enjoy this homemade cornbread recipe.
It has been warm for quite a while now here in Florida. And I'm not complaining one bit. The older I get, the more I want to stay far, far away from the cold.
The other day, we woke up to some pretty chilly temperatures. Ok, ok. So, 65 degrees may not be chilly to some of you, but that's a brisk morning here. It was really a welcome change of pace for the day.
The sun came out, but it didn't really get any warmer than about 78 degrees. We have to take advantage of these "cooler" days and enjoy soups and chili. So, of course, we mixed up a big pot of chili and a skillet cornbread for dinner.
Growing up, the cornbread I ate came out of the Jiffy boxes. I'm just now realizing how many boxed items my parents bought. Not that I have a problem with boxed mixes at all. Most of the cakes I bake are from a box as well. LOL!
I had some leftover homemade baking mix from the other day, so I used it in a pan of slightly sweet cornbread.
What is Cornbread?
Cornbread is just a quick bread containing cornmeal. It is a popular Southern dish and is known for its sweet smell and crumbly texture.
There are also two different varieties, depending on where you live.
- Northern-style cornbread has little sugar and a higher cornmeal-to-flour ratio.
- Southern-style cornbread is sweeter and more cake-like and has a buttery finish.
I grew up in the North, but I definitely prefer my cornbread from the South. This homemade cornbread is definitely on the sweeter side. It's not so sweet that I would call it cake. It has just the right sweet flavor to pair great with savory dishes.
Homemade cornbread is very easy to make with ingredients that you have in your pantry.
How to make Easy Skillet Cornbread
- Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet in a preheated oven. (full recipe at the bottom of post)
- Mix baking mix, cornmeal, sugar, melted butter, eggs, and milk in a large bowl. Do not over-mix!
- Add butter to the skillet that is heating in the oven. Let it melt.
- Remove the skillet from the oven and move it from side to side to coat the bottom and sides of the hot skillet.
- Pour the cornbread batter into the skillet and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.
Pro Tip: Cornbread can be made with water, milk, buttermilk, or any substitute you prefer.
Can Easy Skillet Cornbread be baked in other pans?
This easy cornbread can also be baked in a variety of pans. I like to bake it in the 10-inch skillet because it gets a nice crust on the edges.
It can also be baked in an 8-inch square pan for 35 minutes or in muffin tins for 15-20 minutes.
Different-sized pans will affect the baking time, so make sure to watch your cornbread as it bakes.
Why does my cornbread fall apart?
Cornbread is, by nature, supposed to be slightly crumbly, but it should not crumble into a pile of crumbs when you cut or bite it. I find that my recipe for cornbread has the perfect crumb texture and tastes so moist and delicious.
- Over-mixing your batter will cause more glutens to form in the flour, and the result will be a drier cornbread.
- If you use more cornmeal than flour, your cornbread will become a drier, crumbly bread because there is not enough gluten to bind it together.
Most of the time, I prefer to eat my cornbread plain. But there are so many fun and delicious things you can add to change up the flavor of the batter.
- A drained can of diced green chiles
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- A few slices of crumbled cooked bacon and 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon syrup
- One cup of fresh, frozen, or canned corn
- Dried fruits and nuts
- Fresh berries such as raspberries or blueberries with lemon zest
- Herbs and spices - rosemary, thyme, sage
- Green onions or olives
The most popular way to eat cornbread is with a big bowl of chili. But there are so many different ways you can enjoy a slice of this soft and tender sweet cornbread.
One of my favorites is a little butter with a big spoonful of these homemade seedless blackberry preserves.
How to serve Skillet Cornbread
What goes with Cornbread?
- Dr. Pepper Chili
- White Chicken Chili
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw
- Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders
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