Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Browned Butter & Honey Cornbread

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Go ahead... I don't mind, it's delicious!!

 I am trying to make at least 1-2 vegetarian dishes through the week.  It's healthier, and makes economical sense in today's society.  That being said, I was really in the mood for pinto beans and cornbread.  Never had made "pinto beans" before (I know), I went perusing over to my favorite site, "Just a Pinch", and looked over hundreds of recipes.  I decided on my friend's Lynn's recipe, found HERE.  Very easy and tasty!!  *note to self, do not allow hubby to eat the entire jalapeno again* :-)

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Well what goes amazingly well with pinto beans?  CORNBREAD!!  As you can see above, my family dug into it almost immediately, I barely had a chance to take a picture!!
I've always added corn whether it be cream of corn or regular corn in my cornbread, and have always added honey... this time I added browned butter.  Oh my heaven's!!
The nutty taste of the browned butter coupled with the sweetness of the honey and the slight crunch of corn??  Well, you will have them waiting at the kitchen door from the moment they see you getting the packaged mix out.  That's right... Simplicity at its best, without any sacrifice of flavor!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go:

1 package corn bread mix
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter (I used unsalted)
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup corn (I used frozen)
Pinch of salt (can omit if using salted butter)

Using a medium bowl, prepare corn bread mix according to directions on package.  Set aside.
In a small saute pan over low-medium heat, melt your butter and brown it.  How do you brown butter?  Once you melt the butter continue cooking it for about 1 minute.  You will see first see the bubbles increasing, stir a couple of times, the bubbles should decrease, and you will begin to smell a hint of nuttiness.  Pull it off the heat "immediately" and transfer into a small bowl.  Butter browns easily but can burn even faster.  Visual instructions HERE.  I always try to be of assistance! ;-)
Let it cool for a half a minute.  Using same skillet, pour the butter back in but reserve 2 tbsp for later basting.

Add in the corn, cook for about 1 minute till starting to soften, then pour in your honey.

Add corn honey mixture to your prepared cornbread batter and incorporate thoroughly.

Preheat oven according to package directions. Grease a 9 x 9 pan and pour cornbread mixture in. 

Bake according to instructions on package and add 8-10 minutes to the baking time.  There are ingredients in the mix so it will take just a bit longer to become nice and golden crisp on top.  Check for doneness.

When you pull out of the oven, immediately baste with reserved butter.

The hard part, waiting a couple of minutes before cutting into it.  Make sure you have a billy stick with you to fight off the throng of would be corn bread snatchers prior to cooling!!  
Cut into, and take your first bite... you will be smiling from ear to ear.  Sweet, nutty heaven!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. I love Corn bread Didi and yours with the brown butter must be amazing!

    1. Eri we love cornbread too, so very delicious with the browned butter. I do hope you try it!!

  2. Cheap and simple I can do! I am excited to try this next week. I think I will copy your whole meal and do the pinto beans too! Thank you for the pics and instructions :-)

  3. Your quite welcome Amanda!! I'm all about easy always!! Working fulltime means limited time for me to create and make... so I'm about easy always!!!
    Please come back and let me know okay, promise??

    1. Just had to come back and say THANK YOU! Hubby was rolling his eyes and he said this was the BEST cornbread he has ever had. He grew up in a household where "Soul Food" is the only food and cornbread is a STAPLE in soul food dishes. ANyway, he literally just said it was the best cornbread he has EVER had! *MUAH* I could kiss you right now. :)

    2. Yay!!!!! Tell that gorgeous tall hunk your it's your own recipe... you hear me now!! Trust me, I'm old enough to be your mother, take full credit!!! I don't mind!!! ;-)
      Thank you Amanda that totally made my night!!!

  4. That yellow color of the bread is simply astonishing! Delicious savory treat my friend! Have a beautiful Sunday!