Easy and delicious, this Brown Butter Bacon Cornbread takes your cornbread game to a whole new level! Great as a side dish or by itself as a snack, topped with butter and drizzled with honey.
You saw this coming, right? After all, the Double Chocolate Chili that I shared last Monday was in desperate need of an equally delicious sidekick. And this bacon cornbread is it, y’all!
I recently learned that people can be really passionate and opinionated regarding cornbread. Being a foreigner, I thought cornbread was cornbread and that was it. We have our own version in Brazil, called Broa de Milho, and there are as many varieties as there are grandmothers! I thought it was the same with American cornbread.
Well, apparently Southerns and Northerns are constantly arguing about who has the best cornbread. Is it supposed to be sweet? Or savory? Light and fluffy? Or rich and moist? Do you add actual corn kernels? Are add-ins, like bacon or jalapeños, even allowed?
Since that can be a touchy subject, I am not making any claims here! This is the cornbread *I* like to eat. It’s rich, sweet, moist, bacon-y and made with brown butter, because – in my opinion – everything tastes better with brown butter!
Ingredients for brown butter bacon cornbread
There is nothing wrong with plain cornbread. But why not spice things up and add a few fun ingredients? Life is too short to be bland!
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this anything-but-boring cornbread:
- The usual suspects: cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs and buttermilk.
- Corn kernels – make the cornbread corn-ier.
- Brown butter – adds a delicious nutty flavor!
- Bacon – the smokiness of the bacon pairs perfectly with the sweet cornbread.
- Brown sugar – enhances the natural sweetness of the corn and makes the cornbread softer.
- Honey – contributes with an extra dose of sweetness!
Seriously, what’s not to love?
Tips and Tricks for Making the best cornbread
- For me, the best cornbread is crusty on the outside while moist and creamy inside. The best way to make that happen is to bake the cornbread in a hot cast iron pan. Pouring the batter into a hot skillet – and hearing that satisfying sizzle – is what helps develop that beautiful crispy crust.
- Most recipes will tell you to preheat the cast iron skillet in the oven. No need to do that here, since we will use that same skillet to cook the bacon and to brown the butter, therefore already seasoning and heating the pan! It should stay hot enough until you are ready to pour the batter, but – if not – just put it back on the stove and heat it up until hot again.
- Be careful not to over mix the batter as that can make the cornbread tough!
- After browning the butter, pour it into a bowl and wait for it to cool slightly before mixing the other ingredients. You don’t want to end up with scrambled eggs in your cornbread! Yuck!
- Use fresh corn kernels, whenever possible. However, if not in season, canned or frozen will do!
- No buttermilk? No problem! You can make your own by mixing 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice with 1 cup of room temperature milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes and it’s ready to use!
Can bacon cornbread be made ahead of time? How long does it last?
While cornbread tastes best right out of the oven, you can make it up to 2 days in advance and keep it on the counter, covered with a towel. If you want, you can reheat it in the oven (350 degrees F) for a few minutes for that “out of the oven” feel! The crust won’t be as crisp, but it’s still delicious!
Can you freeze cornbread?
Yes, cornbread freezes well. Just make sure to cool it to room temperature before freezing!
Store it in an air-tight freezer safe container and freeze for 1 to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw it in the fridge overnight and then reheat in the oven.
What do you eat with cornbread?
Other than the obvious butter and honey, cornbread goes great with chili, BBQ meats, pulled pork, fried chicken, soups and stews!
Here are a few of my recipes that would go great with this bacon cornbread:
- Double Chocolate Chili
- Turkey Chili
- Sweet Potato Chili
- Sweet Potato Soup
- Classic Beef Stew
- Carbonnade Flamande
Leftover cornbread? You can use it to make croutons, bread pudding, French toast, stuffing and cornbread crumbs!
- 8 ounces bacon
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups corn kernels (fresh, frozen or canned)
For a thicker cornbread, use a smaller pan size.
To make Brown Butter Bacon Cornbread, I recommend:
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