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Homemade Southern Buttermilk Cornbread

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This buttermilk cornbread recipe has been passed down from my grandmama, my grandmama’s mama, and many generations before her. Warm, fluffy, and full of flavor, this is how true southern cornbread is made!

slices of buttermilk cornbread in orange cast iron pan with one slice of cornbread on green plate

There is nothing like a piping hot piece of buttermilk cornbread straight from the oven and slathered with sweet cream butter.

I grew up eating cornbread year round, my mother and grandmothers serving it up with vegetable soup, chili, fried fish, hoppin’ john, fried pork chops, collard greens, beef stew, barbecue…

You name it, buttermilk cornbread was served along with it.

Separate ingredients needed for buttermilk cornbread overhead shot of eggs, butter, oil, whisk and wooden spoon

Buttermilk Cornbread

Some people believe sugar belongs in cornbread.

I’m here to give those people a side-eye and tell them, “Oh, honey, now bless your heart.”

Homemade southern cornbread is not sweet, y’all. Homemade buttermilk cornbread DOES NOT have sugar in it. I don’t care what the recipe on the package of cornbread mix says. It ain’t right.

Any cornbread that has sugar in it just needs to be called corn cake.

Ya heard?

Full pan of buttermilk cornbread in orange cast iron skillet

How to Make Buttermilk

Now that we’re telling the truth and all.

I NEV-ER have real buttermilk in my house. Like…ever. I just don’t see the point in buying a whole carton of buttermilk when it is just so simple to make your own.

All you need to make homemade buttermilk is milk and either fresh lemon juice or white vinegar.

1 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar


Mix ’em together, let ’em sit for 5 minutes and VIOLA! 1 cup homemade buttermilk.

Now, who’s ready to stuff their face?

close up of triange slice of buttermilk cornbread in black cast iron skillet

Buttermilk Cornbread

This buttermilk cornbread recipe has been passed down from my grandmama, my grandmama's mama, and many generations before her. Warm, fluffy, and full of flavor, this is how true southern cornbread is made!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Biscuits and Breads
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: buttermilk cornbread, cornbread, easy bread recipe, homemade biscuits, southern recipes
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amber

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and grease a 10" cast iron skillet with a thin coating of vegetable oil or non-stick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cornmeal and flour and stir until combined.
  • In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk egg, buttermilk, and vegetable oil. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and stir with a spatula until just combined and no dry ingredients remain.
  • Spread into the prepared cast iron skillet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm with lots and lots of butter!
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Slice of buttermilk cornbread with melted butter on top

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1 Comment
  • Chinazor
    March 26, 2020

    Superb. I love this recipe. It was so tasty and filled my house with an amazing aroma.