Sour Cream Cornbread

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A classic cornbread recipe with a twist. This sour cream cornbread is moist and tender, thanks to the sour cream, butter and whole milk.

Table of Contents
  1. Why you’ll love this sour cream cornbread recipe:
  2. What makes cornbread moist?
  3. Ingredients
  4. How to Make Sour Cream Cornbread
  5. Recipe Variations
  6. Storage Instructions
  7. What to Serve with Cornbread
  8. Sour Cream Corn Bread Recipe

A few months ago I took cornbread to a party and someone asked for the recipe. Although I’ve made this cornbread recipe for close to 10 years, I realized I had never shared it with you all. It is past time!

I’m picky about my cornbread. If it isn’t moist and tender, I pass it up. I don’t want it so crumbly that you can’t cut a slice and pick it up, but I also don’t want it so sweet it tastes like cake.

This is our best cornbread recipe, the perfect blend of ingredients, and it’s ready in just over 30 minutes.

overhead view of cornbread cakes with butter and honey

Why you’ll love this sour cream cornbread recipe:

  • Flavor: The sour cream in this recipe gives the bread a warm, tangy flavor. It has that classic cornbread taste you know and love with a hint of tangy and sweet.
  • Texture: The texture of this cornbread is moist and tender. It has a slight crumb to it as many cornbreads do, but it will not crumble apart in your hands.
  • Source: This recipe comes from my Mennonite Community Cookbook. My mom had this recipe book during my childhood and as soon as I got married I knew I needed my own copy. These are recipes that stand the test of time.

What makes cornbread moist?

The amount of fat in cornbread is what makes it moist. This recipe is moist because it has eggs, butter, sour cream and whole milk, all of which have fat in them. It’s not depending on just one fat, but 4 fats to keep it moist.

For that reason, it’s best if you use full fat sour cream and whole milk. Although low fat milk or low fat sour cream will work, the cornbread will not be as moist.

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe today:

  • Cornmeal. I use yellow cornmeal. I’ve also used corn flour, but I measure it carefully and don’t pack it in the measuring cup.
  • Flour. Using a combination of cornmeal and flour allows for a lighter textured cornbread.
  • Baking soda. To help the cornbread rise.
  • Cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is acidic and helps the baking soda rise. It helps with that light and fluffy texture.
  • Salt.
  • Sugar. This is just enough to make your cornbread lightly sweet.
  • Eggs.
  • Butter. I use salted butter. Unsalted butter will work as well.
  • Sour cream. Full-fat sour cream.
  • Whole milk. 2% works in a pinch.

How to Make Sour Cream Cornbread

  • Prepare. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Spray a 9×13” baking pan with cooking spray. Corn bread is amazing in a cast-iron skillet or baking pan.
  • Mix. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and sugar. Add beaten eggs, melted butter, sour cream and milk to the dry ingredients. Stir just until evenly combined.
  • Bake. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 23 minutes or until the cornbread tests done. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cornbread and it should come out clean.
sour cream cornbread in a glass baking pan
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Recipe Variations

  • Add a finely diced onion or jalapeño for more flavor.
  • Want sweeter cornbread? Add more sugar.
  • Make cornbread muffins. They’ll take a shorter time to bake so watch them closely.
  • Add ½ to 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the batter.
  • Top with honey butter or even cinnamon butter. It’s delicious!
honey drizzling on sour cream cornbread

Storage Instructions

  • Room temperature: Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days.
  • Fridge: I wouldn’t store this in the fridge for long because it can dry out. If you choose to do this, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
  • Freezer: This cornbread freezes well in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks.

What to Serve with Cornbread

Cornbread always goes well with our award-winning chili or white chicken chili. It’s also good with pulled pork.

It also goes well with:

a piece of sour cream cornbread with butter melted on top
a piece of sour cream cornbread with butter melted on top

Sour Cream Corn Bread

4.63 from 8 votes
A classic cornbread recipe with a twist. This sour cream cornbread is moist and tender, thanks to the sour cream, butter and whole milk.
Servings 15
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ cups cornmeal 250 grams
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 260 grams
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 10 grams
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 8 grams
  • 2 teaspoons salt 12 grams
  • cup granulated sugar 76 grams
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter 2 ounces
  • 2 cups full fat sour cream 16 ounces
  • ½ cup whole milk 4 ounces

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Spray a 9×13” baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and sugar.
  • Add the beaten eggs, melted butter, sour cream and milk.
  • Mix just until evenly combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 23 minutes or until the cornbread tests done.
  • Serve warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Notes

Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the cornbread being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cornbread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 328IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 241
Keyword bread recipe, cornbread recipe, soup side dish

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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