I take sweet Northern-style cornbread and make it even sweeter with honey—it's the perfect counterpoint to the tart fresh cranberries and bright orange zest in this recipe.
Why this recipe works:
- Preheating the pan and coating it with butter creates the dark crusty with a light nutty flavor
- Adding honey enhances the sweetness, which balances out the tart cranberries
- Using sour cream along with buttermilk increases the mild tanginess and overall flavor of the bread
- Adding a little oil to the batter results in a more cake-like moistness
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly, plus 1 additional tablespoon for pan
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cranberries
- 1 tablespoon zest from 1 orange
Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet on middle rack in oven and preheat to 425°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, buttermilk, honey, eggs, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and canola oil. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients and whisk until completely combined. Stir in cranberries and orange zest.
Using pot holders, carefully remove hot pan from oven. Place 1 tablespoon butter in skillet and swirl to completely melt and coat inside of pan. Pour in cornbread batter and place in oven. Bake until skewer inserted into middle of cornbread comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 5 minutes, then carefully turn out to wire rack and let cool an additional 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Reheat any leftover cornbread before serving again.
Cast iron skillet