Take cornbread up a notch with this cheddar-jalapeno recipe.
Who doesn’t love a good cornbread?!
Actually, I have had a hard time finding a recipe that gets the basics right. They either seem to have no salt or no sugar – I want something in the middle. I’ve also had versions that turn out to be grease sponges – don’t be me wrong, you need some fat in cornbread, but nothing too crazy. And lastly, I’ve had several recipes result in an eggy texture, like it was trying to be a quiche.
This version is just the right amount of salty and sweet and not overly greasy. It has the typical dense fluffiness (and isn’t eggy), but it is also not the ultra-dry-crumbly kind (which is delicious too!)
Now to make things a little more interesting, we add in cheese for some depth without stealing the show. A couple (or a lot more!) of Jalapenos make this a perfect pairing with chili or your next backyard barbecue.
And of course, drizzle honey on top just before serving, for an extra tasty treat 🙂
Cornbread with Jalapenos & Cheddar
- 1 1/2 cups corn meal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
ADD AT END
- 2 jalapenos
- 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 Tbsp honey
- PREPARE: Small dice the jalapenos, and taste them for spiciness (use less or more as needed). Shred the cheese. Melt the butter. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9″ square baking pan and sprinkle with corn meal.
- COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS IN LARGE BOWLChoose the bowl you’ll use to mix the batter in. Whisk the corn meal, flour, baking powder and salt together in that bowl.
- COMBINE WET INGREDIENTS IN MEDIUM BOWLMix the sugar in with the melted butter. Add in the buttermilk and eggs and whisk to fully combine.
- MIX IT ALL TOGETHERPour the wet ingredient bowl over the dry ingredients. Add in the diced jalapenos and cheese. Stir until just combined.Pour into the prepared 9″ pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
- CUT AND SERVE (with honey!)Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving (or they might fall apart when cut).
Top with honey.
Cornbread recipe tips & tricks
- Cheese: The amount of cheese is very flexible, so you can easily add more or less without affecting how it bakes.
- Jalapenos: To keep the heat down, remove the seeds. Or to turn it up a notch, add them in. You can also add more jalapenos without affecting how it bakes.
- Buttermilk: I buy powdered buttermilk and mix it with water according to the directions. This is a good option for those of you who don’t use buttermilk often and would end up wasting half a carton of it.
- Honey: When you drizzle it on top, it will soak in a bit, like syrup does on pancakes. I like to keep extra around to drizzle on as I eat it, but that’s just because I loooove honey!
- Cooking until golden: If the top gets golden and it isn’t done, you can cover it with tinfoil. That will keep the top from burning – but once you put it on it will stop browning, so put it on after it turns the color you want.
Like I said earlier, I’ve had a hard time finding a cornbread recipe I like. It’s probably because everyone has a different idea of what makes a perfect cornbread.
I made a handful of tweaks to the recipe over at My Evil Twin’s Kitchen. I replaced the honey with an equal amount of sugar. Most sweet cornbread recipes call for over a cup of sugar, but those are sweeter than I am looking for. The same volume of sugar is sweeter than honey, making my substitution sweeter than the original recipe, but not overly sweet. I also don’t like cooking with honey because I usually only have craft, local honey, making it very expensive to use as a general sweetener. Which gave me the idea to drizzle honey on top, instead!
I also left out the fresh corn kernels because I wasn’t looking for that texture in my version. However, that does have it’s place, so jump on over to her recipe if that sounds tasty!
Lastly, if you like step-by-step picture tutorials, My Evil Twin’s Kitchen has a pretty nice one. Since my version of her recipe is very similar, her guide will be pretty helpful.