Vanilla Scented Cornbread

Friday, July 13, 2007

An alteration to a recipe a friend said I should try. It's a sweet twist on your everyday cornbread, and is wonderful in the morning with some fresh jam spread over a warmed square of it. You'll love the smell this makes in your kitchen.

Vanilla Scented Cornbread
What You'll Need...
1 cup of yellow cornmeal
1 cup of flour
1 cup of sugar or vanilla sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup of buttermilk (or milk with a good squeeze of lemon juice, and let sit for 5 minutes)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
contents of one vanilla bean scraped (optional; I used a Tahitensis / Planifolia Blend bean)
6 tablespoons of butter, melted

What You'll Do...
1) Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract and vanilla bean scrapings if using.

2) Combine the wet ingredients to the dry and give it a quick few whisks. Pour over the mixture and stir.

3) Pour into an 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan that has been lightly greased and floured. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. I find ovens really vary for this recipes, so keep an eye on it.


  1. These look so delicious! I don't have the vanilla beans I ordered just yet, once I do this is #1 on the baking list. =)


  2. I've never tried vanilla in my cornbread....or jam....

    I've been missing out all this time?!?

    p.s. can u do me a small fav? can u please change my link over to my new domain pretty pleeeez?? ;-)

  3. ooooh, that sounds yummy. I love cornbread. I normally make a savory one with chilies, but a sweet breakfast cornbread might be a nice change.

  4. I was only fortunate enough to have corn bread once (a girl in home economics made years ago in high school) and it was divine.

    Add vanilla to that and you have pure heaven.

    As an aside - I just love the fact that you can talk about different types of vanilla like some would talk about wine or coffee. Here we have 3 types - vanilla extract, vanilla essence and vanilla pods. That is the sum total of your choice.

    I honestly think that Europe (or at least the English speaking parts) lags way behind North America in terms of culinary choice.

  5. My Hubby loves cornbread and is always asking me to make it for him. Alas I never have, but I might just give this one a try. Thanks.

  6. this blog makes me remember that life can be good. thanks.

  7. I just posted this on my blog, giving you credit of course and I just wanted to say thanks as this is the best cornbread ever. And pairs perfectly with pulled pork. Thanks and keep up the good work on your blog.


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