Craig Claiborne's Southern Cornbread

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins

I've been experimenting with cornbread recipes lately and this is one of my favorites. I don't bake it in a skillet, I use a regular 8 x 8 pan, and it comes out fine. Really yummy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift the flour, cornmeal, baking soda, and salt into a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs until foamy and stir them into the dry mixture.
  4. Stir in the buttermilk and 1 cup whole milk.
  5. Heat the butter in a 9 X 2-inch black skillet, and when it is very hot but not brown, pour in the batter.
  6. Carefully pour the remaining 1 cup whole milk on top of the batter without stirring.
  7. Place the dish in the oven and bake 50 minutes, or until set and baked through.
  8. Slice into wedges.
Most Helpful

Wonderful cornbread Mirj! This was part of my 9/11 memorial dinner. I didn't change a thing, except to double the recipe and make two pans. This complimented the meatloaf and mashed potatoes recipes I made perfectly. True American food!

yooper September 12, 2002

A wonderful recipe for cornbread. I am always happy to try recipes for Southern cornbread, as there are so many. I liked the crisp bottom of this cornbread. It was very, very, good. Thanks for sharing.

Miss Annie December 16, 2002

I had the same result as Marg@Cayman Designs and I used an iron skillet. Not only did the bottom of the cornbread never crisp up, the bottom 1/4" remained soggy after over an hour of baking. While I didn't really care for it, Dh did.

sugarpea February 06, 2006