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The Best Moist Cornbread

This homemade moist cornbread is with sour cream instead of buttermilk, giving it little tang and the perfect crumb. It doesn’t fall apart in your hand, but it easily crumbles in your mouth (as the best cornbread should). It’s a sweet cornbread – don’t try to tell me there is any other kind – but not so sweet that it doesn’t also work in savory recipes.

Cornbread pieces in a cast iron skillet

Why This Cornbread Recipe Works

My sour cream cornbread recipe was actually featured in Fine Cooking Magazine and their team did a ton of testing on it before sharing it. So, you don’t have to just take my word for it that it is a must-try!

This is an easy one bowl recipe! And, you don’t need to use an electric mixer. It’s almost as easy as using a cornbread mix, but homemade cornbread is SO much better!

What Do You Need to Make Moist Cornbread?

Cornmeal

The most important ingredient is cornmeal. And, it’s also the one that can be the most confusing to purchase.

Look for finely ground cornmeal. If you purchase coarse cornmeal or polenta, the cornbread can end up gritty.

Bowl of cornmeal

Sour Cream

Because of the fat content of sour cream, sour cream cornbread ends up incredibly moist.

Note: You can substitute yogurt for sour cream, but it won’t be quite as moist.

Melted Butter

Sure, you could make a cornbread with oil and it would be moist. But, butter gives it such a great flavor. If you want to make the recipe dairy-free, try using olive oil-based Plant Butter that still tastes like butter.

How to Make Moist Cornbread

Whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

The recipe includes two options for sugar amounts. I prefer a sweet cornbread using the higher amount (it’s still not too sweet). But, choose the lower amount if you plan to serve the cornbread with honey or other sweeteners rather than simply butter or clotted cream.

Whisking cornmeal and other dry ingredients

Fold in eggs and sour cream. The batter should come together easily with a silicone spatula.

Eggs and sour cream

Fold in melted butter.

Folding melted butter into cornbread recipe

Bake in an 8″ square baking pan.

Cornbread ready to go into the oven

You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.

How Long Does Cornbread Last For

Cornbread lasts for several days at room temperature in an airtight container. You can also store it in the fridge for a week or in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for several months.

If you have leftover cornbread (which I doubt you will), there are many great recipes that you can make with it – from cornbread French toast to cornbread mashed potatoes.

Using This Sweet Cornbread Recipe to Make Cornbread Muffins

This recipe is incredibly versatile. You can bake it in almost any vessel you like and it’s perfect every time.

A number of cornbread muffins resting on a cooling rack

It works perfectly as cornbread muffins or mini muffins – just bake in greased muffin tins. For mini muffins, check for doneness at around 12 minutes.

You can also bake it in a sheet pan or a cast iron skillet.

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Moist Cornbread

This moist cornbread recipe made with sour cream has the perfect fluffy crumb. It’s a sweet cornbread that everyone goes crazy for!
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword cornbread recipe, sour cream cornbread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 306kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup sugar use the 1/2 cup if you prefer a sweeter cornbread
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature, beaten
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Fold in the eggs and sour cream with a silicone spatula until just combined.
  • Fold in the butter a little bit at a time until just combined.
  • Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan. Pour the batter into the pan, spread evenly with a small offset spatula or the back of a spoon, and bake for 25-30 minutes until the top just starts to brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean,

Notes

Cornbread lasts for several days at room temperature in an airtight container. You can also store it in the fridge for a week or in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for several months.
If you don't have an 8x8" baking pan or if you want to switch things up, you can bake this in almost vessel you like. 
Double it and bake in a 9"x 16"pan for a larger crowd.
It works perfectly as cornbread muffins or mini muffins - just bake in greased muffin tins. For mini muffins, check for doneness at around 12 minutes. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Moist Cornbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 227mg9%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 525IU11%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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