Buttermilk Cornbread

Though most recipes for cornbread call for buttermilk (it helps to tenderize the crumb of the bread, made with inherently grainy cornmeal[), this recipe drives home the buttermilk's characteristic tang by adding white vinegar and heavy cream for more dairy richness. Brushing the cornbread hot out of the oven with more buttermilk helps keep the top moist, and adds another dose of fresh, tangy flavor.]

Total Time:
50 min
15 min
5 min
30 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for buttering the pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan (see Cook's Note)
  • 1 cup white cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, plus more for brushing
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with some of the butter, then dust with flour and line with parchment paper.

  • Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together the butter, buttermilk, cream, vinegar and eggs in a medium bowl until smooth, then quickly pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Quickly pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top and bake until light brown on top, firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

  • Transfer the baking pan to a rack and brush the top lightly with more buttermilk. Let cool for 5 minutes, then invert the cornbread onto a cutting board and remove and discard the parchment paper. Flip the cornbread back over again, cut into large squares and serve while warm.

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Cook's Note: When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)

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