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Skillet Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Discover your new favorite comfort food with this Skillet Sweet Cornbread recipe. This homemade sweet cornbread recipe is simple and delicious, perfect for a snack, side dish, or even dessert! It’s an easy one-skillet recipe that will make your taste buds dance and your home smell of comfort.

Skillet Sweet Cornbread recipe

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Are you ready to elevate your cornbread game to mouthwatering levels?

Look no further than this ultimate guide to mastering the art of perfect skillet sweet cornbread. 

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Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a budding chef, this article will equip you with insider tips and tricks that will have you creating cornbread perfection every time. 

A pan of this moist and sweet homemade cornbread is perfect for soup season or chili season so start preheating your oven now!

Southerners know that the best cornbread recipe is sweet skillet cornbread dipped in melted butter with a drizzle of honey on top.

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Skillet Sweet Cornbread

Key to Success #1 – Selecting the Right Ingredients for Homemade Cornbread

To create the perfect skillet sweet cornbread, it all starts with selecting the right ingredients.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the cornmeal. 

Opt for stone-ground corn meal, if possible. 

Its coarse texture adds a delightful crunch and enhances the overall flavor profile of your cornbread. 

Next, consider the flour. 

While cornmeal is the star of the show, a combination of all-purpose flour and cornmeal creates the perfect balance. 

The flour helps bind the ingredients together and adds a lightness to the texture.

Traditional cornbread recipes often use granulated sugar, but for a sweeter twist, you can try using honey or maple syrup. 

These natural sweeteners not only add a subtle sweetness but also infuse a rich, complex flavor into your cornbread. 

Remember, the amount of sweetness is a matter of personal preference, so feel free to adjust accordingly.

Lastly, let’s talk about the liquid component. Buttermilk is the secret ingredient here, providing acidity that helps tenderize the cornbread and add a tangy flavor. 

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can easily create a substitute by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk. 

Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, then stir well.

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Key to Success #2 – Mixing and Preparing the Batter

To begin, grab a large mixing bowl and combine one cup cornmeal, one cup flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 

Whisk these dry ingredients together until they are well integrated and evenly distributed.

Next, it’s time to add the wet ingredients, which are buttermilk and vegetable oil.

As mentioned earlier, buttermilk is the secret ingredient that will lend both tenderness and a tangy flavor to your cornbread. 

Slowly pour the buttermilk and oil into the dry ingredients while stirring gently. 

Mix just until all the ingredients are combined and there are no dry patches. 

Overmixing can lead to a tough cornbread, so be mindful not to overdo it.

Now that the batter is mixed up, allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes then stir it gently.

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Key to Success #3 – Mastering the Skillet Technique

First, you’ll want to preheat your skillet properly. 

Place it in the oven as it preheats, allowing it to become nice and hot. 

This step is crucial for creating that beautiful, crispy crust that will take your cornbread to the next level.

Next, it’s important to properly grease your skillet. This will prevent your cornbread from sticking and make for an easy release once it’s cooked. 

Use vegetable oil, or even bacon fat to generously coat the sides and bottom of the skillet.

If desired, you can lightly coat the greased skillet with cornmeal to give the outside of the cornbread a nice texture. 

Once your batter is mixed and your skillet is preheated and greased, pour the cornbread batter into the hot pan, spreading it to the edges.

Now, carefully place the skillet back into the oven, making sure not to burn yourself. 

The high heat of the oven will help create that perfect golden crust, while the skillet distributes the heat evenly for a consistent bake. 

Leave it untouched for the recommended cooking time to ensure it bakes through to perfection.

Skillet Sweet Cornbread

How to Transform This Skillet Sweet Cornbread into Cornbread Muffins

To make cornbread muffins from this delicious sweet cornbread recipe, the ingredients will stay the same.
But one thing that may change is the cooking time.

The exact cooking time will depend on the size and shape of your cornbread pan.

Start checking the cornbread muffins at 12 minutes, allowing them to bake until a. toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

A cast iron cornbread or muffin pan is highly recommended because it will be able to withstand the heat as it is preheating in the oven.

If you are using a nonstick muffin pan, do not preheat the pan in the oven.

It may get too hot and damage the pan or the nonstick coating.

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Skillet Sweet Cornbread

Skillet Sweet Cornbread

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Looking to impress your dinner guests? Look no further! Our Skillet Sweet Cornbread recipe is here to elevate your meal game to the next level. Made with fresh ingredients and baked to golden perfection, it's the southerner's dream come true!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Place the greased skillet in the oven while it is preheating.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Stir in egg, buttermilk, and vegetable oil. Mix only until just combined. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir the batter again then pour into the hot skillet. Return the skillet to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 568mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.

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