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Sweet Honey Cornbread

by Lori on June 13th, 2011

Slice of cornbread, take two

On the outside, it looks like ordinary cornbread — baked golden brown in a cast iron skillet. On the inside, it is sweetened with golden honey.

The Story

There was a time, not long ago, when I only made cornbread using Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. Then one day I discovered how easy it is to make cornbread from scratch. It only takes cornmeal and a few other simple ingredients to mix together cornbread in a “jiffy.” Now that I know how easy it is, I rarely use the Jiffy Mix method.

While my method for making cornbread has changed, my favorite way to eat it remains the same. I love my cornbread topped with honey. There is something about the sweetness of the honey that goes well with savory cornbread.
Slice of cornbread, take four

You might like your cornbread another way. Ken crumbles his cornbread in chili and eats it with a spoon. I read on Wikipedia that some people in the South eat it with a spoon too, after crumbling it in buttermilk. I think I’ll stick with honey and a fork.
Slice of cornbread with fork

The Moral of the Story

It’s what’s on the inside that counts, especially if what is on the inside of your cornbread is honey.

About the Recipe

The other evening I was making chili for supper, and I wanted cornbread with it. I was looking for a cornbread recipe when I spotted the family cookbook my mother-in-law gave me. The cookbook had two cornbread recipes, one from Aunt Dollie and another from someone named Dee.

Dollie’s was a Mexican Cornbread recipe marked with a sticky note from my mother-in-law that said, “Good!” Dee’s recipe was simply titled “Cornbread” and included honey mixed inside the batter. I decided to try Dee’s.

The Cast of Characters

Honey makes this cornbread stand apart from other cornbread recipes.
Honey bear, take one

The Play-by-Play

Stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Mixing cornmeal

Whisk together egg, milk, oil and honey.
Adding egg, take two

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ones.
Mixing batter

Pour the batter into a greased cast iron skillet.
Cornbread batter in skillet, take one

Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden.
Cornbread in oven

Slice and serve.
Slice of cornbread, take seven

Drizzle with more honey, if you like.
Slice of cornbread, take one

Recipe: Sweet Honey Cornbread

Summary: A simple cornbread sweetened with honey


1 ¾ cups cornmeal
¼ cup flour
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 425, and grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  2. Stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, oil and honey.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until moistened.
  5. Pour the batter into the skillet. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden.

The Footnotes

  • Picking your cookware: You can bake this in a cast iron skillet. The skillet gives it a nice golden crust. You also can bake it in muffin tins. If you make muffins, bake them for only 14-20 minutes.
  • Picking your cooking method: You can bake it, or you can fry it. Drop spoonfuls of batter into a hot greased skillet. Turn and brown on the other side.

Additional Resources

If you have any leftover cornbread, you can:

  • Freeze it: Place slices of cornbread in a freezer bag and freeze them for later.
  • Stuff it: Use your leftovers to make your favorite cornbread stuffing.
  • Top it: Top a slice of cornbread with sliced strawberries and fresh whipped cream. This makes a tasty Strawberry Cornbread Cake. I think it’s even better than Strawberry Shortcake.

Baking time (duration): 30 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 6 servings

Meal type: dinner

My rating: 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

What’s your favorite way to have cornbread?

  1. This reminds me that it has been some time since I ate cornbread-this looks delicious. The other plus is that it is fairly easy. thanks for sharing-wish I had a piece now.

    • Thanks so much! It is pretty easy to make. Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.

  2. Yum! I love skillet cornbread! And I love dousing it in honey- especially when the honey gets all soaked up in the bread. And yeah, now I’m definitely going to need some cornbread really, really soon.

    • When the honey gets soaked into the bread, that is the best part! Now I just need some more honey. My honey bear is looking kind of empty. :)

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