This cornbread is a rare compromise between Southern and Northern cornbreads: it's "just right," as far as the amount of sugar. It's tender and moist, with a balanced corn flavor. While delicious just as it is, this recipe can also accommodate all kinds of personal touches. Feel free to add some cheese, green onions, corn kernels, jalapeño peppers, cooked sausage, or any combination of these suggestions. The combined volume of your add-ins should be a maximum of 1 cup.

15 mins
20 to 25 mins
35 mins
one 9" square or round pan, or 12 muffins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9" square or round pan (a cast-iron skillet will work fine, too), shallow 1 1/2 quart casserole dish, or 12 muffin cups.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Stir in any desired herbs, cheese, corn kernels, or other flavorings. Note that add-ins (aside from herbs) will increase the baking time by about 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. In another bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the milk, melted butter, vegetable oil (if you're using it), and egg.

  5. Pour the liquid all at once into the flour mixture, stirring quickly and gently until just combined. Don't over mix: stir the batter just enough to bring it together and evenly moisten the ingredients.

  6. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, or scoop into the muffin tin.

  7. Bake the bread for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges just begin to pull away from the pan and a cake tester or paring knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

  8. Remove the bread from the oven and cool it on a rack for 5 minutes before cutting; serve warm.

  9. Store any leftovers, well wrapped, at cool room temperature for a few days; freeze for longer storage.

Tips from our Bakers

  • If you decide to add creamed corn, decrease the milk in the recipe by 1/3 cup.
  • If you like a crispier crust on your cornbread, grease a cast-iron pan and place it in the oven for 10 minutes to heat. Scoop the batter into the hot pan and return it to the oven to bake as directed. Check on the cornbread after 15 minutes.
  • Want to make mini loaves? Use three 3 1/4" x 5 3/4" x 2 1/4" mini loaf pans. Use 1/3 (1 cup) of the batter per pan. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 23 to 28 minutes. When done, the loaves will be golden brown on top, firm to the touch, and a tester inserted in the middle will come out clean.

  • Cornbread isn't just an accompaniment to chili anymore. It can be dressed up to go with most any dish. Stir in any of these extra ingredients, or experiment with some of your own.

    Corn and Scallion
    1/2 cup (57g) fresh/cooked or frozen/thawed corn kernels
    1/2 cup (about 43g) chopped scallions (3 or 4 scallions, white and green part)

    Bacon, Cheddar and Chive
    1/2 cup (57g) cooked, crumbled bacon
    3/4 cup (85g) grated cheddar cheese
    2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

    1/2 cup (71g) dried cranberries
    1/2 cup (57g) chopped walnuts