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Heritage Cornbread Recipe

An easy starter makes for a fantastic cornbread.

by Greg Wade
Dec 14 2018, 2:00pm

Servings: 8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 1 hour (plus 12 hours fermenting)


for the soaker:
1 ½ cups|460 grams buttermilk
¾ cup|100 grams heritage cornmeal

for the cornbread:
3 tablespoons|40 grams unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing and even more for serving
1 cup|145 grams all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons|65 grams spelt flour
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons raw sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
the entire soaker
2 tablespoons honey, plus more for serving
3 large eggs


1. Make the soaker: Combine the buttermilk and cornmeal in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours.

2. Make the cornbread: Heat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 10-inch cast-iron pan and heat it in the oven until ready to use.

3. Combine the flours, sugars, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the soaker with the melted butter, honey, and eggs. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, then transfer to the heated cast-iron skillet. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Serve warm with more butter and honey.

side dish