Best Ever Cornbread with Chipotle Honey-Butter

We’ve tried many cornbread recipes - plain, sweet, spicy, muffins, loafs, squares… you name it!. Some turned out too dry and grainy, some too tough. This recipe always performs, in a variety of ovens and baking dishes. It produces slightly sweet squares with cake-like texture. It’s not the best choice for a mold that makes corn cob shaped sticks due the cake-like rise.

Makes approximately 18 squares.

  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal 
  • 2¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar (if you prefer your cornbread less sweet, reduce sugar to ⅓ cup)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  •  3 eggs, beaten   

Preheat oven to 400°F/204°C. Sift together all of the dry ingredients. Whisk milk, butter, and eggs together. Stir into dry ingredients, incorporating thoroughly but not excessively, which could make the bread tough. Pour into a 9x11-inch baking dish or muffin tins. If using a glass baking dish, you won’t need to grease it, however, greasing a metal pan or lining muffin tins with paper cups is recommended. Bake 15 - 20 mins until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into squares and serve plain, or with Chipotle Honey-Butter.


But you ain’t never had my cornbread                                      A little bit of heaven and little bit of aw, yeah                                  from, Cornbread, Dave Matthews Band 

Chipotle Honey-Butter

I’ve tried many ways to make a spicy cornbread, but the grainy texture seems to engulf spicy ingredients. As well, many of us live in households with varying tastes - some like it spicy, some like it mild. This quick and easy butter fills the bill for us chileheads and is tasty on warm cornbread!

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ tsp Chipotle powder  

Whip the ingredients together and allow to cool to room temperature. You can make it ahead and keep covered in the fridge for a week, but allow to come to room temperature before serving for optimum spreadability.  

For another take on cornbread, try Buttermilk Mexican Corn BreadNippy Zucchini Cornbread, and plain Zucchini Cornbread.

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