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Sweet Honey Cornbread

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Don’t ever buy cornbread mix again. Make this instead. It’s sweet, slightly crumbly, doesn’t contain the preservatives in that boxed mix, and won’t take you more than three minutes longer to prepare. I bet you already have most of the ingredients in your pantry!

I love cornbread, especially when it’s got little kernels of fresh summer corn and a hint (or more than a hint) of honey flavor. You can have fun with this recipe and add bits of jalapeno, scallions, cheddar, or even bacon, if you’d like! Serve it warm with a pat of butter or alongside a bowl of spicy chili, as I’ll be doing tonight!

Sweet Honey Cornbread


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Corn Meal
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 stick Melted Butter
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Sweet Corn Kernels
  • 1/8 cup Honey, for brushing on top (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Lightly grease a small baking dish or cake pan.

In a bowl, combine flour, corn meal, baking powder, sugar, and salt until well blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, honey, melted butter, and beaten eggs. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until they are combined. Do not over mix. Fold in the corn kernels.

Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

If desired, brush the top of the cornbread with a little honey, about 20 minutes into the baking time.

Allow the bread to cool for about 15 minutes before cutting and enjoying!

Check back later today for a spicy chili recipe!

Cornbread with a Drizzle of Honey

Edited to Add: Hi, everyone! I can’t believe I made it to Freshly Pressed! Wow! Hope you enjoy my blog. I really love writing it. If it makes you hungry, click on the right to subscribe. I add several new recipes each week, always with lots of pictures. Thanks for reading! ~Amy

92 responses »

  1. Oh my this looks GOOD! I’m going to try making this later in the week! YUMMY!

  2. Looks easy enough…will have to try it!

  3. I love cornbread with maple butter!!
    Yum! Can’t wait for my lunch break : )

  4. QuΓ© delicia, espero encontrar todos los ingredientes!

  5. Can I just take out the sugar if I want it unsweetened or will it taste funny?

    • Hmm…you could probably take out the sugar if you kept the honey and maybe added a touch more honey. It would probably taste a bit salty and bland completely unsweetened. Worth a try though… What about using a fruit puree or applesauce for a bit of sweetness?

  6. Looks great…and quite easy to make..

    I guess I will make it at home soon… ;))

  7. buytupperwarebangalore

    your cornbread looks oooh so delicious. I can vibe with it as I make my own bread round the year and
    this is one more I can try out.
    When I make my wholewheat I add oats, flax seeds,grated carrot and chopped parsley too. It
    comes out so well and I need only 2 slices to feel full the whole morning.
    I’m on foodie blogroll too

  8. Ah, wonderful. I love cornbread. Will definitely make this!

  9. This looks really good, and I don’t care for corn bread! Whenever I eat it I have to cover it with butter and honey, so I will have to try this.

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ah. Looks delicious!

  11. I immediately checked to see if your ingredients included buttermilk … A+! It’s the secret to tender, delicious cornbread in my opinion. Now you’ve got me hankering to try the fresh corn.

  12. There is nothing like cornbread…it’s one of the best comfort foods out there, especially served with chili! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I just made cornbread from a mix. In my defense, it was marked down to 49 cents.

    Growing up my Mom would make cornbread every Wednesday from scratch. So if my Mom can do it. I’m going to have to try.



  14. Hello,
    THis recipe looks great.
    I’m all set to make this recipe today, except I don’t have any buttermilk. What’s the substitution for buttermilk? I’ve read it before.

    Great photos especially the last one is mouth-watering with the drizzle of honey.

    • In a pinch, I’m sure the recipe would work fine with regular milk.
      Or… My aunt just shared Emeril’s method for making your own buttermilk:
      4 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar, or fresh lemon juice
      1 cup milk
      Place the vinegar in a glass-measuring cup, and add enough milk to make 1 cup total liquid. Stir to combine and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes (The mixture will begin to curdle).

      • Thanks gourmandmom for your prompt reply.
        I’ll return to the kitchen to make the recipe, can’t wait to taste it.

      • My grandmother taught me that trick, and it works great when making breads! I cannot wait to try this recipe…doing it Tonight. I always loved eating my Nana’s cornbread, but I never have been able to make it the same. I bet she’d be really impressed by me making this! Thanks.

  15. Congrats on Freshly Pressed! How fun!

    I think I’m being haunted by cornbread. It’s everywhere I look lately! But this one looks the best. I need to get cookin’…

  16. ahungryartist

    I’m a sucker for cornbread. Thanks, looks delish!

  17. wow! thanks! i will definitely try this recipe πŸ™‚

  18. Thanks for posting this here- I love such REMIX breads..
    And pics, they are fab..

  19. Really! Now what do I do with all the envelopes of corn muffins I already have?! Your recipe sounds and looks so good, now I have to be a REAL cook! Thanks for the info!! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  20. mmm, I’ve never tried making cornbread but this looks like a great recipe! I’ll have to give it a shot!

  21. Ahna Rebekah Hendrix

    What is better than fresh out of the oven, homemade corn bread??!!!

    Not much!!

    I cannot wait to try this recipe out πŸ™‚ Glad I found your blog ~ the recipes look promising!

  22. This looks soooo yummy! I’m going to have to give this a try πŸ™‚

  23. this looks delicious and I’m always up for a new recipe with honey … I’m going to make a change of no corn (just a personal preference) and a bit of crushed rosemary. I love crushed rosemary in my cornbread! A little red pepper too. πŸ™‚

    love your blog!

  24. OMG! This looks so good!

  25. Your recipe is also my standard. It’s interesting that there are two schools of thought on cornbread, sweet or unsweeet. I think the unsweet is bland myself but some people do prefer it. Another way to spice it up? Use a can of Mexicorn or add some chopped jalapenos. Yummm! Your photos are making me hungry… North Coast Muse @

  26. Yum! You’ve officially made me hungry!

  27. This looks delicious! I love that the little kernels of corn are so visible in this. Yum!

  28. looks delicious.. i’ll have to try it.

  29. Great blog! This cornbread would be really good with fresh green beans and corn.

    Brenda Hudson

  30. This is a fantastic recipe. Thank you for it, and thank you for the idea. Thanks to this, I’ll now also be making chili AND this wonderful cornbread recipe.

  31. patty Alfonso

    Recien me inscribo sus recetas me parecen buenΓ­simas, estarΓ© checking your blog. Saludos

  32. Looks easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. This looks AWESOME, and definitely not the standard boring cornbread. I usually bake mine in a cast iron skillet, and have been experimenting with using corn flour rather than corn meal. Corn flour is what tortillas are made from, and is probably hard to find in some regions. I will try your recipe next time.

  35. Yum! It sounds strange, but I don’t think I’ve ever had cornbread with fresh corn. I like the idea of adding jalapenos or scallions too. I wish I had some to eat right now!

  36. I love cornbread, and with the fresh corn in it, this looks amazing!

  37. looks delicious. Will also pass it on to a friend of mine.

  38. aahhhh cornbread with actual corn in it. What an idea! :)))))

  39. i luv me some cornbread lol

  40. Your scrumptious-looking cornbread is on my list! Glad I clicked on the Freshly Pressed link, which I typically have no time to do!

    I had the same question about omitting sugar, as I eliminated refined sugar (by and large) from my diet this year–and now don’t miss it at all! (Seriously… and surprisingly.) (I write about it at my yoga blog.)

    Anyway, glad I found you and congratulations on making the Freshly Pressed list.

  41. I adore cornbread and all the variety that it has to offer (a big fat YES to having it filled with little corn kernels..yum! πŸ˜€ )

    Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe. I’ll be adding it to my list of things to make. πŸ˜€

  42. Yummm…I’ve never managed to make a batch of cornbread that I really liked, but this looks wonderful. I will have to try this tomorrow. Thank you!

  43. Looks like an excellent recipe! I am always on the lookout for a GOOD cornbread recipe. I love your blog/recipes, great pics, and look forward to trying a lot of these.

    Congrats on being freshly pressed!! I am so glad it was, or I might not have seen it…

    I have added a link to your blog on mine — more people need to see this!

  44. It looks divine! What a beautiful corn bread!

  45. Your blog just made me so hungryyyyy. Thanks a lot, now I have to go make cornbread. πŸ™‚ Love the blog!

  46. cool. i will try next week.

  47. Thursdays With Wanda

    mmm..your cornbread looks so soft and feathery! I’m definitely going to try your recipe out.

  48. Que bien me encaanta!!, aca en Sonora , Mexico, rellenamos con queso asadero o fresco como panela y muy poca azucar (como 1 cucharada sopera), si te gusta con chile o no, y es adictivo, yo solo uso la 1/2 de margarina y la 1/2 de aceite

  49. Thanks I will be doing some very yummy desserts.

  50. That looks AMAZING!! I am SO going to try your recipe… thank you πŸ™‚

  51. wooww…looks like so delicious..
    i will write down the recipe and ask my sister to cook it for me..


  52. it looks delicious! I’ll cook it!

  53. Oooo…I’m convinced ;] This looks truly delicious, I’ve always been suspicious of corn desserts for some reason, things like corn muffins sounded…healthy. But I really like the sweet look of yours, especially the wee bits of corn peeking out. All I need is cornmeal now.

  54. Wow, this looks amazing and whoo for ridding corn bread mixes with preservatives. Seriously though, I just moved out of the South and have been craving cornbread. I made some the other day but yours is just amazing. I will have to try it. Yum!

  55. Wow I tried this cornbread it is amazing.

  56. Ah! Can’t wait to try this. Anything with honey is good for me!

  57. I love bacon in corn bread–even better the next day when you slap some butter on it and grill it!
    great step by step pictures!

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  59. Love cornbread. made my own today and agree with you that the best is NOT a mix. I make mine in an iron skillet which I’ve heated on top of the stove first. My recipe is similar but more corn meal and less flour and sugar. I froze the remainder for another day but wow it was good with butter and honey! Great read, thanks

  60. Yummers! Cant’ wait to try it!

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  65. Muchas gracias por este post, tengo muchas ganas de seguir leyendo el resto de contenidos


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