Cornbread – Quick, easy, delicious quickbread

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Oh, my goodness, could I write an ode to cornbread!  Have you ever made a new version of an old favourite recipe … and it was better than the one you had been making?

This cornbread recipe is like that. It’s good.

I mean, really, it GOOD.

As I’m telling the mister that “NO, there’s not too much sugar in this,” he noted that I was picking up every possible crumb out of the pan and eating them.
Cornbread - it's delicious, easy to make, versatile and inexpensive!
“Just HOW much sugar is in this?” he asked. “Please note that it’s delicious. But since you already have molasses in the beans, do we really need it to be this sweet?”

Well, “need” – that’s such a strong word. 

No, of course it doesn’t actually need to be so sweet. 

Practically a cup of sweetener in something we’re serving with sweet, rich baked beans …. okay, perhaps it’s possible to drop the amount of sugar in here. 

Actually, by a lot.

And I know that in the southern United States, cornbread never, ever has sugar in it. No sugar in the cornbread, but plenty in the tea, right? 

But I’m not in the United States, so we’ll have sugar in ours.

Sweet Cornbread

1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup cornmeal
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
 
Cream the butter and sugar. 

Cream in the honey. 

Beat in the eggs, then add the dry ingredients. 

While mixing those in, add the milk (I eyeballed it to get a thick but wet batter). 

Pour into a 9×13″ pan that has been lightly greased/buttered and sprinkled with a little cornmeal. 

Bake at 350F until done in the middle.

I know – that’s almost a cup of sugar. Crazy, right? So keep reading for the version that won’t put you into sugar shock.

Not So Sweet Cornbread

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup orange juice
 
Cream the butter and sugar. 

Beat in the eggs, then add the dry ingredients. 

While mixing those in, add the orange juice (I eyeballed it to get a thick but wet batter). 

Pour into a 9×13″ pan that has been lightly greased/buttered and sprinkled with a little cornmeal. Bake at 350F until done in the middle.
There was a change in texture between sugar and honey but it was minimal, so it’s not vital to the recipe. 

So if you have honey, use that instead.  I can only imagine *maple* cornbread, made with maple syrup!
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canadiandoomer - a couple of years ago

Ok, I'll admit, I'm more like your husband. I only had it a few times growing up, and what I did have, I didn't like.Which is odd, because I think I like all of the ingredients.I look forward to seeing your recipe.

Farmgal - a couple of years ago

For sure, I tell you what, I will make a big batch of my mom's chili and do a blog post on it this weekend on my site for you.Plus I will give a couple different ways to make it, so that you can figure out what works best for your families tastes.Even in my own family, we have three different types depending on who is making it.DH grew up without Chili and what he did have, he didn't like, so for the first six months we were together, I would say, I feel like Chili and he would go.. naaa So finally I said, that's enough at least try it, and now he loves it and even asked for it, and I am out in the freezer for his lunches, so its perfect timing to make a big batch.

canadiandoomer - a couple of years ago

I should try to make chili, see what the family thinks. Neither Mr. Doom nor I grew up eating it. However, it certainly seems inexpensive. Do you have a good recipe to share?

Farmgal - a couple of years ago

Thanks for the recipes, I have jotted them down to try, I think your sweet recipe will be quite sweet to me. My regular recipe has less sugar then your low sugar one.Now you got me thinking of Chili with corn bread..

Apartmentprepper - a couple of years ago

I've been looking for a good cornbread recipe. I will have to try making both. Thanks!

canadiandoomer - a couple of years ago

Please do! If there's anything confusing about how I write recipes, let me know.

BadVooDooDaddy - a couple of years ago

Just jotted down both recipes. I love cornbread so I will be trying both here very soon and I will let you know what I think.

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