Classic Cornbread


In my blogging I have found that I have seasoned cooks who read my recipes, and new cooks.  Cooks, who for one reason or another, don’t know how to make classic recipes.  They find all of my step by step pictures helpful.

This time of year I tend to make the same things over and over!  We don’t get a lot of cold weather her in Florida, so I have a limited amount of time to cook all those cold weather dishes. Cornbread is a classic side dish on any table, especially this time of year.  It is easy to make.  The ingredients are cheap, and it is oh so good!

You can make it ahead to make your own dressing, or just eat it by itself. Here is my version.

Classic Cornbread

Classic Cornbread Printable Version

  • 1 Tablespoon Shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups enriched cornmeal
  • 3 TBSP all purpose flour ( I used GF Bisquick for gluten free)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups buttermilk (or 2 cups milk of your choice and 1 tsp vinegar)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. Bacon drippings or melted butter
  • 1 TBSP Honey (optional)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place the shortening in a 10 inch cast iron skillet, and preheat in the oven. Read my post about Cast Iron Here


In a large bowl sift together the dry ingredients.  Stir in the Buttermilk, egg,  bacon drippings, and honey.  Mix until combined well.


Pour the mixture into the greased hot skillet, and place back in oven.


Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve warm with butter.



This goes great with any meal! So stinking good!

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  1. Dora J Crow says

    Amanda, Is this the same cornbread recipe that you would use to make the Crockpot Cornbread Dressing? To tell the truth, I guess I am the only Southerner (I know the only one in MY family) who doesn’t like cornbread. I do, however, LOVE cornbread dressing. I have never in my life made a cornbread, but saw my granny, my mama & sisters etc doing it. They did it like this, like you. THAT is the true Southern way of cooking it. I did make daddy some Jiffy mix once. LOL DONT JUDGE ME!! HAHAHA I need to attempt this. for real. Thanks, dora from alabama

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