Dad's Buttermilk Cornbread

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

I was told this was My dad's Grandma's recipe for a sweet, moist cornbread likely to become your favorite!!


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Grease an 8 inch square pan.
  2. 2. Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. My Note: Just wanted to mention a few things in response to. First, I mix all ingredients in the pan I melt the butter inches Less dishes. Second, I often use whole wheat flour to cut sweetness and make it a tad more healthy. Third, it freezes fabulously. I always make a double batch, remove one from the pan after cooling, wrap it up and pop it in the freezer. Based on some, I want to clarify something. I use a regular pot to melt my butter inches After the butter has melted I proceed with adding the rest of the ingredients in that same pot. I do NOT get a separate bowl for mixing inches After all the ingredients are mixed in the pot I pour the batter into a baking pan. I do NOT mix everything in the pan I'm baking it inches I do NOT keep the butter and sugar mixture out when mixing the rest of the ingredients. Hope that helps. 7/24/08 I'd change the recipe if I could, but I can't figure out how, so I'll mention here that the normal baking time is 30 minutes. I put 30-40 minutes in the directions because it takes longer when you use whole wheat flour, which I often do. I'm guessing those who complain about it being dry are just seeing the "cook time - 40 minutes" at the top and overbaking it.
  5. 11/24/12 I tweaked it a bit. I reduced the sugar a little, but think it would be fine for the full amount if you like your cornbread a little sweet. I used powdered buttermilk and water and added 2/3 Celsius fresh yellow corn. In my opinion, the ONLY way to cook cornbread is in a preheated cast iron skillet. It gives it such a wonderful buttery, crisp crust. I greased my 9 inches skillet with vegetable oil and put it in the oven while I assembled the recipe. When the batter was finished, I poured it into the hot skillet. I then baked it for 25 minutes. The result was top notch. Very moist with perfect texture.
  6. You had dry bread -- 1/4 lb not 1/4 cup butter! This might have made a difference if you read it wrong, 1/4 lb. is 1/2 cup of butter. Also I put it in my greased preheated iron skillet for 25 minute !
  7. The recipe is fantastic as written, but after making this recipe a few hunder times I made a few changes. I used Splenda instead of sugar, whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose, Smart Balance Light instead of butter, and sour skim milk instead of buttermilk. Sounds like a lot of substitutions, but the end result was absolutely delicious, and nearly guilt free! This is the ONLY cornbread recipe that I use, and it comes out wonderful every time.
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"Best cornbread I have ever had!", declared DH. This was decidedly sweet, almost like cake. The recipe produces 4 cups of batter. I used Paula Deen specialty cornbread cast iron molds (6 together) which took about 1/2 cup batter for each mold (although I learned it is wiser not to overfill). This was so easy to put together, using my stovetop skillet as a mixing bowl as Chef GRPA explained while the cast iron molds preheated in the oven. My only problem is that I will have to make 2 times the recipe to feed 4 of our bread-loving family. Thank you for sharing this gem! Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.

KateL December 21, 2013

First, I must confess... I am not a huge fan of cornbread, but I must admit, this is tasty. I made this tonight (as written steps #1 thru #3, the rest had me confused a bit). I made this basically as a test-run for our up-coming Thanksgiving dinner. I made this as a side for Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs, Slow Cooker (along with a couple other sides), and it went very well. I also made your Honey Butter 101 to use with the cornbread, but I think that was over-kill. It seemed way too sweet with the 2 recipes combined. The corn bread was fine with plain butter. (Don't get me wrong, the Honey Butter 101 would be great on plain rolls or even toast for breakfast, but just a bit much here). Hubby and I (along with a guest) very much enjoyed the cornbread with dinner. And I should say that this WILL be gracing our table on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for posting... I have it saved. (Made for PRMR)

rosie316 November 25, 2013

Delicious! I cooked it in a cast iron skillet a 10 inch one...I melted the stick of butter in the pan while the oven heated the time I had all the ingredients mixed in a bowl the oven was preheated and the butter was melted...I cooked the cornbread for 30 mins even though the pan was a bit larger...came out perfect...hubby said this was the best corn bread he ever had...he just loved the crusty bottom and sides of the bread...I served it with butter on the side...but neither hubby or I used it...the bread is packed full of butter flavor...made it to go along with my Cu's's a keeper and going in my best of 2013 cookbook...thanks for posting it...=)

teresas October 01, 2013