Christmas Cornbread

Christmas Cornbread | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Am I the only one that over-plans around the holidays? Between decorating, wrapping, baking, and attending all of the holiday activities and parties, there just doesn’t seem to be much time left over for anything else. It’s a rare moment when I get the chance to do my absolute favorite Christmas thing, which is to sit in front of the television watching every new Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel. The only thing better than totally being a lazy-ass couch potato, is being a lazy-ass couch potato with a piping hot bowl of chili and a big ol’ hunk of cornbread in front of them, surrounded by shining Christmas lights. During moments like those I realize why I take so much time decorating, wrapping, and baking. It gets me into the holiday spirit. If cornbread can do all of that, well I think that’s well worth the little bit of time it took to make a batch of it. And unlike wrapping gifts, baking cornbread doesn’t end with me chasing a cat all around the house, trying to “steal” back a Christmas bow, which they are insistent on keeping forever because it’s fun to chew on.

(P.S. This recipe totally came about because I was too much of a lazy-ass couch potato to make a trip to the market. I needed buttermilk and applesauce; I made do with eggnog and apple butter. I’m not ashamed, if anything I’m amazed that my laziness paid off. This is truly a unique and inspired holiday version of cornbread. One that I hope to make a tradition.)

Christmas Cornbread | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Eggnog
  • 1 Teaspoon Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 Cups Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 1 Cup Apple Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs

Christmas Cornbread | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix eggnog and orange juice together; set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside
  4. In a small bowl, combine the eggnog mixture, melted butter, apple butter, sugar, and eggs.
  5. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, just until incorporated.
  6. Pour the cornbread batter into a buttered 9×13 metal cake pan.
  7. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean.

Christmas Cornbread | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • Serve alone or with butter.
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  • This cornbread is sweet and moist, but if you want it even sweeter you can serve it with honey drizzled over the top.
  • If you don’t have apple butter available, you can replace it with applesauce.

Christmas Cornbread | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Improvements:

  • Add Craisins to the cornbread batter.
  • Add orange zest to the cornbread batter.

Christmas Cornbread | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice




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  • Linnie

    Looks yummy. Seems you and I were on similar pages yesterday. I was channeling my Mother yesterday as I got up early and made a nice pot of chili. Well I didn’t put enough heat in it This was something my Mother did once and the next pot she made we all added more spice as we passed the kitchen needless to say it wasn’t eatable. So I have a fondness for chili on a cold winter’s day. It’s what I make on the first snow fall as that was my Mother’s tradition. I will have to try this cornbread recipe and let you know how it goes.

  • Debbie Spivey

    Yum! I wish my beloved husband liked cornbread…

    • Colleen

      Make a 1/2 batch…it freezes well.