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Skillet Cornbread

Skillet cornbread

Let’s all eat Pac-Man!  I mean, seriously, this looks like Pac-Man, right?  I kind of wish I would have given him a black olive eye now or something.

After a while the winter really seems to chip away at your sense of warmth, or at least it does for me, anyway.  You’d think that since it’s been cold here since late-November I’d be used to it by now.  I should be like Leonardo Dicaprio in The Revenant, crawling around in the snow, seemingly oblivious to the cold. 😉  I mean, come on, it’s going to be in the thirties here this week.  That a lot better than the teens we had not that long ago.

But no, I seem to be becoming more of a cold wimp as the winter goes on.  Of course I’m the only who gets chilly when it’s 70 degrees in the summer and there’s a breeze. 🙂  So when in the world am I going to be warm again?

As I ponder this question and layer on another cardigan ala Mr. Rogers, let’s talk about comfort food in the winter.  Ahh.  That’ll warm me up, right?

Skillet Cornbread

Mac and cheese, pot pie, potatoes: these are the things dreams are made of for me during the winter. These are the food equivalent of a good ol’ warm blanket.  Another is cornbread.

There is just something about a good chunk of cornbread drizzled with honey or maple syrup that warms me through and through.  And it’s even better when said cornbread is delivered to you via skillet, possibly the epitome of homey, comfort food cookware.  Doesn’t anything made it a skillet just make you smile? It’s like sharing a joke with a grandma.

The skillet really works wonders with this cornbread.  I mean, of course, yummy crust!  And even though this recipe contains sugar, it’s that rich salty bite that comes through.  You can definitely pile on whatever sweet substance you want on top of this cornbread, but you should also probably try it dunked in some thick, rich soup or stew.  Or how about pairing it with some vegetarian chili?  That’s how I roll.  Oliver Twist, the pie crust king, seems especially interested in this cornbread.  What’s with that cat and carbs?  You can tell he’s my baby.  Sorry, sweetie, this is all for me. 😎

Recipe from The Grand Central Baking Book by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson

Skillet Cornbread

5.0 from 3 reviews
Skillet Cornbread
  • 1¾ cups cornmeal
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¾ cups whole milk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cool slightly
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet or 8 inch square baking pan.
  3. Mix the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk the eggs. Then add in the milk and butter. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix by hand until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the cast iron skillet and bake for 25 minutes. Turn the skillet halfway through the baking time to make sure it bakes evenly on all sides.
  7. It should be lightly brown on the edge and pulling away a little from the skillet.


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  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen February 16, 2016, 11:42 am

    This cornbread looks just perfect, Amanda. I’ve been wanting to bake something sweet using cornmeal for a long time, I have to give these a try.

    • Amanda February 16, 2016, 2:33 pm

      Thanks a lot, Anu!

  • annie@ciaochowbambina February 16, 2016, 1:04 pm

    I don’t know why – but I tend to only make cornbread at Thanksgiving…and I love it! Thank you for reminding me about one of my faves – especially when drizzled with honey! This looks perfect!

    • Amanda February 16, 2016, 2:33 pm

      Thanks! It’s definitely something I eat all year round. I love it on top of casseroles.

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice February 17, 2016, 6:06 am

    Haha this totally looks like pac man! I love making cornbread, especially in the winter. I just made a skillet version too yesterday. Your version sounds delicious, Amanda! I would love to devour this with a big bowl of chili!

    • Amanda February 17, 2016, 2:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Gayle! There is nothing like chili and cornbread when it’s cold.

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks February 17, 2016, 6:18 am

    I just got a new cast iron skillet and have been looking for things to make in it – looks like cornbread is up next! Definitely drizzled with honey – mmmmmmmm.

    • Amanda February 17, 2016, 2:42 pm

      Thanks! I’m totally cast iron obsessed lately. And the skillet cookies are really tempting me. 😉

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry February 17, 2016, 5:57 pm

    Cornbread is my weakness, and this recipe looks so fluffy, and good!

    • Amanda February 18, 2016, 2:19 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! I’ll eat anything from a cast iron skillet. 🙂

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary February 18, 2016, 8:02 am

    Hahaha! Totally does look like pac man! I love cornbread, especially during the winter, it is delicious on it’s own, but SOO good when paired with some chili! LOVING yours, my dear! Hand me the entire skillet and watch me go to town! Cheers, dear!

    • Amanda February 18, 2016, 2:20 pm

      Haha. Sometimes when I make things in a ten inch skillet I have the urge to just take it to the table and eat right out of it. I mean, it’s about the size of a plate, right? So this is a sensible portion… 😉

  • Aria February 18, 2016, 3:32 pm

    This looks delicious! I love cornbread! This is so funny….my cats love carbs as well! Tiger, especially, likes scones. Who knew? And oh my word, did you use to watch Mr. Rogers? I used to watch that show 24/7! (My favorite part was the land of make-believe. However, I think that Narnia is somewhat equivalent to that 🙂 )

    • Amanda February 19, 2016, 1:07 pm

      I love that your cat Tiger eats scones. When I was growing up we had a cat who loved powdered donuts. I remember once getting up in the morning and he had jumped on the cupboard (which he never ever did), and he had ripped open the package of donuts and taken a bite off each one. Haha! I totally watched Mr. Rogers when I was little. He had such a calming voice. I always liked that little cat hand puppet (surprise surprise) in the land of make-believe. 🙂

  • Ami@NaiveCookCooks February 19, 2016, 12:56 am

    Amanda I love cornbread but never thought of making it in skillet! GENIUS idea!!

    • Amanda February 19, 2016, 1:08 pm

      Thanks so much! It makes a really great crust.

  • Michele @ Two Raspberries February 19, 2016, 1:47 am

    my fiance would go CRAZY for this! he loves cornbread! this looks SO good! 😉

    • Amanda February 19, 2016, 1:08 pm

      Thanks Michele! 🙂

  • Annie @ The Garlic Diaries February 19, 2016, 8:25 am

    I love the sound of this skillet cornbread!! Yum. I am craving a big slice (or 3) right now 😍.

    • Amanda February 19, 2016, 1:09 pm

      Haha, thanks Annie! I could do that too. My love for carbs is limitless. 🙂

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan February 19, 2016, 11:46 am

    haha. i can just see you pulling on one more cardigan. lol. This DOES look like Pacman and it makes me want to eat it EVEN MORE!! 🙂

    • Amanda February 19, 2016, 1:10 pm

      Haha. Thanks Karen! From now on I’ll always think I’m eating Pacman whenever I bite into cornbread. 🙂

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes February 19, 2016, 6:27 pm

    I have been wanting to make a skillet cornbread for a while. Must try your recipe!!

    • Amanda February 21, 2016, 9:58 am

      Thanks so much! The skillet really adds something wonderful to the texture.

  • Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness February 19, 2016, 7:27 pm

    I have never tried cornbread before, but I do love making things in my skillet 🙂

    • Amanda February 21, 2016, 9:58 am

      Thanks, Cathleen! I’ve been cooking in cast iron so much lately. Isn’t it great? 🙂

  • Lisa | Chocolate Meets Strawberry February 20, 2016, 9:39 pm

    Hahaha yes it totally does look like pac man, Amanda!! 😛 And a rather soft, delicious, delectable one at that! It’s summer here so technically not the weather for warm comfort food like this, but I’m craving your cornbread anyway. Pinned to my ‘sides’ board, as I know this would go perfectly with so many meals! 😀

    • Amanda February 21, 2016, 10:02 am

      Thanks so much, Lisa. I’m dreaming of the summer weather you’re having. Sounds lovely! 😄

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