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Best Homemade Cornbread Recipe

This Homemade Cornbread Recipe has been a family favorite for years! With it's crisp golden crust and a soft & moist middle. Thanks to the special ingredients like buttermilk and applesauce, this cornbread recipe is always a winner. Learn all the secrets to making it just right at home.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cornbread recipe, homemade cornbread, moist cornbread recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Extra Time 30 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 215kcal
Author Jessica - Together as Family


  • cups yellow cornmeal
  • cups buttermilk
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter melted & slightly cooled
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons applesauce (I use sweetened)
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons honey


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal and buttermilk until blended. Allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375° F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • After the 30 minute rest time for the cornmeal/buttermilk mix, add the melted butter, applesauce, sugar, honey, and eggs to the cornmeal mixture and stir until combined well.
  • Gently stir in the dry ingredients, with a silicone spatula, and mix until combined and no flour streaks remain.
  • Pour the cornbread batter into the prepared pan and bake for 23-30 minutes or until the center is set, the cornbread is golden browned, and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow the cornbread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
  • Serve cornbread with butter and honey, if wanted.


Buttermilk : I use low-fat buttermilk in this recipe.
Applesauce : I measure the applesauce from a jar. If you are using the smaller 4 ounce containers of applesauce, then use two (4 oz) containers applesauce. 
Sugar : If you want a sweeter cornbread then try using ½ cup sugar + use sweetened applesauce. Likewise, if you want a less sweet cornbread then use unsweetened and/or also use less sugar (¼ cup sugar).
Tip : I make the recipe with sweetened applesauce + ⅓ cup sugar called for in the recipe above. 
Butter : I use salted butter. Unsalted butter may be used, but increase the salt to ¾ teaspoon. Or less depending on preference. If using salted butter, follow recipe as is. 


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg