Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe

Today I’m posting a recipe that isn’t my own, but it has become a regular in our house. Surprisingly, I didn’t change anything (which is rare for me)!! It’s so perfect, I can’t think of any changes to make it better. The original recipe is from allrecipes.com (my go-to recipe site).

Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread

Buttermilk Cornbread


  •  1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
  • Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

We serve this with BBQ chicken, beef kabobs, roast, etc. Here is a tip. If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, put 1T lemon juice in a one cup measure. Add enough regular milk to equal one cup and let that set for about five minutes. VOILA! You have buttermilk!… or a close approximation. I do this often as I don’t generally keep buttermilk on hand.

I often bake mine in a 9″ scone pan with eight compartments. If you have a pan like this, use about 2T batter in each compartment. This is enough to make about 16 scones.


3 Responses to “Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe”

  1. Nurse Karen
    June 6, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    I lived in rural Kentucky and we called this “Johnny Cake”, not true Southern Cornbread, just saying. Yummy, but the real thing is plain, not so much sugar.
    Thanks for posting your Grandmother’s recipe as it brought back happy memories of “treats” when I was a wee lass. ^_^

  2. shannon
    June 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    This is our favorite corn bread recipe. We’ve loved it for several years and made it part of our Thanksgiving meal. 🙂

  3. January 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    LOVE cornbread, especially made with buttermilk. I’m with you, I don’t keep buttermilk in the house, as I only cook/bake with it. Saco® cultured buttermilk blend is my go-to now. The powdered buttermilk in a can lasts for the longest time in the ‘fridge.