California Cornbread

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January 13, 2021
Carole Jones
A moist cornbread recipe is not a thing of legends! I love how tender and sweet this recipe is, plus it is easy enough for my kids to make on their own. If you need to learn how to make cornbread, just scroll on down for the best recipe along with some great tips!
Moist Cornbread Recipe | How to Make Cornbread

This recipe has been a staple of the Jones family menus for the past 16 years. Until I made this recipe, I was never a fan of cornbread because it was always so dry and crumbly. This perfectly moist cornbread recipe completely changed my view forever! I’ve even won a few chili and cornbread cook-offs with this recipe 🙂
Moist Cornbread Recipe | How to Make Cornbread

How to Make Moist Cornbread

The secret to making cornbread that is moist and tender is to use less cornmeal. I know that sounds counterintuitive, but it is key to any moist cornbread recipe. Secondly, the cornbread recipe needs to have enough fat in it and butter is the best form of fat for cornbread because it adds moisture as well as an amazing flavor.

What Goes with Cornbread?

Outside of the classic pairing with chili, the sweetness of cornbread pairs well with most soups, salads, and grilled steak, chicken, or pork. You can also serve cornbread as a dessert with some honey and jam, or for breakfast with your eggs and fruit in the morning.

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How Long Does Cornbread Last?

Corn bread is best on the day it is baked because it has the best texture, but can last well up to 3 days wrapped tight in plastic wrap. Cornbread that is not fresh is always best warmed for a few seconds in the microwave to help restore some of it’s texture. That and a bit of butter and honey on older cornbread helps significantly.

Can Cornbread Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze your baked cornbread. It is best to do so the same day it is baked. Wrap individual pieces tightly in plastic wrap and place in the freezer. To reheat, place wrapped piece in the microwave for 30-60 seconds on high.

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Moist Cornbread Recipe

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This recipe is an absolute favorite with my kids, and me too! It is the only cornbread we make because it is so tender, moist, and perfectly sweet.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings


2 C baking mix, such as Bisquick or Jiffy

1/2 C corn meal

1/2 C sugar

1 Tb baking powder

2 eggs

1 C milk

1/2 C butter, melted


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 7 x 11 glass pan.  Whisk together dry ingredients then add the wet.  Do not over-mix.   There will be a few small lumps.  Pour into pan and bake for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.


To make a 9×13″ pan, make one and a half recipes.

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Southern


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 214
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 274 mg
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 51 mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

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16 years ago

Holy cow, Carole! Are we really that old?! She is beautiful!

Thanks for the bday wishes! Keep those recipes comin’!


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