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Sweet Cornbread is so simple – it starts with an easy homemade quick bread mix and you add sweetness in the form of dates and protein-packed pecans.

I’m so excited to be bringing it to you. I made a big pot of chili over the holiday break (one of my favorite one-pot winter meals!) and it felt like a great opportunity to perfect my cornbread recipe. I think you are going to LOVE it- it’s so moist and sweet and light and fluffy.

As of right now, I don’t have a whole ton of bread or savory recipes on this site. There are a few favorites, like these southern-style buttermilk biscuits, these brioche hamburger buns, and these homemade soft pretzels. But for the most part, my specialty has always been desserts.

I’m looking to change that in 2019! Over the next few weeks, get excited because I’m going to be sharing some of my absolute favorite savory comfort foods and game-day snacks. I can’t wait!   Moist Sweet CornbreadPlay Video

It all starts with this recipe. We are big cornbread lovers here at my house, and we especially love when it’s super moist and a little sweet, with a light and fluffy texture and edges that are just a little bit crispy-crunchy.

HOW TO SERVE CORNBREAD

Cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to so many great dishes.

My number one favorite way to serve it is with chili. Stay tuned, because I’m going to be sharing my favorite chili recipe real soon! -UPDATE: Here it is! Click here: Easy Chili Recipe–

My husband loves a square of this for breakfast, lightly toasted and spread with a little butter. And my kids love corn dogs! This batter could definitely be used in that way, or as cornbread waffles. You could also use it to make your favorite cornbread stuffing or dressing!

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HOW TO MAKE CORNBREAD FROM SCRATCH

Homemade cornbread is super easy to make from scratch, so if you are a beginning baker, this would be a great recipe to start with.

Just whisk the dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt) together in a big bowl.

Then, in a separate bowl, combine the liquid ingredients (melted butter, milk, oil, and eggs).

Pour the liquid into the dry and mix together until smooth. Then just pour the batter into the pan and bake!

The cornbread will puff up so light and fluffy in the oven, and you’ll see the edges starting to become golden brown and crispy. When a toothpick inserted in the thickest part comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, it’s done baking!

WHAT KIND OF PAN SHOULD THIS BE BAKED IN?

You have a lot of options with this recipe!

For most of the pics you see here, the cornbread was baked in a 9×13-inch pan and cut into squares.

But for the video, I made you a skillet cornbread! This is made in exactly the same way, the only difference was I added about 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter to the cold pan and placed it into the oven as it was preheating. The butter gets melty and a little browned, and the pan gets searing hot, so that when the batter goes in it gets really crispy on the bottom and around the sides. It’s fantastic!

You could also bake this recipe in a square pan, or as muffins or mini-muffins. Different sized pans may require different bake times, so keep an eye on things and when it looks fluffy and a little golden around the edges, give it the toothpick test.
(I will say I did a mini muffin version once and they baked up perfectly in 12 minutes at 350 degrees F.)

ADD-INS

Most of the time I just like to eat my cornbread plain and simple, but sometimes it’s fun to get creative with add-ins.

Here are some ideas for ways you can jazz your cornbread up:

  • Toss in a few handfuls of fresh, frozen, or canned corn kernels for an extra-corny version.
  • Crisp up a couple slices of bacon, and crumble them into your batter for a smoky, savory bacon cornbread.
  • Slice a jalapeno pepper or two into thin rounds and swirl them in, for a spicy jalapeno take.
  • Fold in a few handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese for easy, cheesy cornbread.

GLUTEN-FREE CORNBREAD

If you want to make this gluten-free, just replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Look for one that that subs 1:1 for regular flour. Here are a few good options:

  • King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour
  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour
  • Cup4Cup Multi-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour

I would not recommend using all cornmeal, because the result will be really crumbly and dry. The combination of flour and cornmeal really produces a nice result with a moist, cake-y texture.

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HOW LONG WILL CORNBREAD LAST?

Keep this tightly covered, or slip it into a zip-top bag, and it should stay fresh for a few days at room temperature.

Or, keep it in the fridge for about a week.

You can also freeze it! Just take it out a serving or two at a time, and allow it to thaw at room temperature.

HOW TO REHEAT CORNBREAD

This cornbread can be reheated for about 15 to 20 seconds in the microwave.

Or, wrap it tightly in foil and warm it in the oven on the lowest setting.

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Next time that cornbread craving hits, pull out this easy recipe! It’s the best I’ve ever made and I think you will love it!

Sweet Cornbread
Print Recipe
Sweet Cornbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1.5 cup all-purpose four
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbls baking powder
  • 1/2 tbls salt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbls dairy-free butter melted
  • 1 tbls maple syrup
  • 1.25 cup dairy-free milk I used oat milk
  • 2/3 cup dried dates chopped small
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1.5 cup all-purpose four
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbls baking powder
  • 1/2 tbls salt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbls dairy-free butter melted
  • 1 tbls maple syrup
  • 1.25 cup dairy-free milk I used oat milk
  • 2/3 cup dried dates chopped small
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a loaf pan or an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the oil, melted dairy free butter, maple syrup, and dairy free milk. Mix until just blended.
  4. Add the chopped dates and pecans and mix until combined.
  5. Pour into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes for the square pan and 45 minutes for the loaf pan or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Recipe Notes
  • Will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Remove from the freezer and just set out. It will defrost in no time. You can also just move the loaf or slices into the refrigerator and eat as wanted.

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