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Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

January 29, 2010

Some foods are easier to write about than others.  For instance, I could go on for days about a good chocolate cake.  But what do I say about cornbread?  Honestly, the only thing that come to mind is “This cornbread was very corny.”  And that’s cheesy.  But then that’s made worse by the fact that there was indeed cheese in this cornbread.  Ouch.


This cornbread was, in fact, all of the above and it was really good.  I made it to go with our ham and bean soup a little while ago, and it was also tasty with some venison chili that Nate had made.  Really, where can you go wrong with cornbread?  You can’t, and that’s pretty much all there is to say about that.

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

(Adapted from Cooks Illustrated)

1 cup yellow cornmeal (or white), stone-ground
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar

1/4 cup diced canned jalapenos

Adjust oven rack to center position and heat to 425 degrees. Grease a 9-by-9-by-2-inch metal pan.

Stir cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Push dry ingredients up side of bowl to make a well.

Crack eggs into well and stir lightly with wooden spoon, then add buttermilk, cheddar, jalapenos, and milk. Stir wet and dry ingredients quickly until almost combined. Add melted butter; stir until ingredients are just combined.

Pour batter into greased pan. Bake until top is golden brown and lightly cracked and edges have pulled away from side of pan, about 25 minutes.

Transfer pan to wire rack to cool slightly, 5 to 10 minutes. Cut cornbread into squares and serve warm.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Samira permalink
    November 28, 2010 10:49 am

    hey Katie, I made this last night to go with chili that greg made, and it was great! cooked in just 20 minutes, though. thanks for the recipe!

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