Until last week, cornbread was fairly nonexistent in my life. That all changed when I pulled this blueberry buttermilk cornbread out of the oven and took my first bite – I became an instant convert. Studded with bursting blueberries and lightly sweetened with brown sugar and honey, this is the breakfast cornbread of my dreams.
Equal parts flour and cornmeal give the cornbread great flavor with a nice fine crumb. Don’t miss the blueberry topping – it’s a breeze to make and utterly delicious spooned over the golden squares.
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- pinch of salt
- 2 to 3 Tbsp honey (to taste)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 1/2 Tbsp water
- Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a seasoned 10-inch cast iron skillet (or cake pan). Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, eggs, brown sugar, and honey in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and fold in until almost combined. Fold in melted butter and blueberries just until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake for 19 to 20 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in skillet on a wire rack for 10 minutes; use a thin spatula to loosen cornbread from skillet before serving.
- For the blueberry topping, combine blueberries, salt, and honey in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk together cornstarch and water in a small bowl; add to fruit mixture and continue cooking until thickened, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before serving.
Store leftover cornbread at room temperature and warm before serving. Store leftover blueberry topping in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
- Calories: 220