Guys, this is the prettiest cornbread I’ve ever made. I first saw it on Megan’s blog and thought it was such a stunnner back then, and I finally got around to making it. I’m so glad I did!
I decided to adapt this recipe to be baked in a cast iron skillet because the fine people of Finex (forged right here in Portland!) gifted me with one of their gorgeous skillets. I mean, look at that iron-beauty down there! I especially love that the cooking surface of the pan is smooth, instead of rough like most cast iron skillets, and the octagonal sides make for easy pouring. Anyway, it’s perfect for this recipe because we start by browning butter–always a good idea–and the butter that coats the pan after pouring it out for the batter acts to make the surface even more non-stick. Plus, the pan stays hot, since we all know cast iron holds heat like a dream, creating a little sizzle when the batter hits the pan making for a nice golden-brown crust on this cornbread. Obviously, you can use any trusty cast iron skillet you have for this recipe and it will be just as delicious.
The pumpkin in the cornbread makes it so moist, with extra tenderness from the addition of buttermilk. In addition to the brown butter flavor punch, we have lots of leeks, sliced super thinly, throughout the batter and on top. Along with pecans for a sweet and nutty bite. The leeks on top get crisp and sweet and so perfect. I’m sort of obsessed with them (I’ve been using them as a pizza topping lately, too…so killer!). But, the thing that really makes this cornbread sing is the spicy honey drizzle. It’s a sweetly spiced, sticky counterpart to the earthy-sweet and savory cornbread…and it’s SO simple!! It’s just honey and tabasco. Done.
Anyway, I urge you to make this cornbread sooner than later. Don’t wait a whole dang year like I did. And, I have to say it, it’d be a great addition to a Thanksgiving spread. Hint, hint.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup (4 ounces) brown butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
- 1 large
leek,sliced thinly into rounds and rinsed well
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- Spicy Honey:
- ½ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
- Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet until it gets foamy, once it begins to foam, continue to cook the butter, stirring until the solid bits in the butter turn deep brown and smell fragrant like toffee (if you aren’t using a cast iron skillet, refer to Megan’s recipe for alternate instructions). Pour the butter into a dish and set aside to cool to room temperature.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin puree, and cooled brown butter. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the cornmeal mixture and fold until just combined, then fold in half of the leeks. Scrape the batter into the cast iron pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining leeks, as well as the pecans. Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool at least 10 minutes before serving with the spicy honey.
- To make the spicy honey, stir together both of the ingredients until combine.
Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence
This looks crazy delicious. And I LOVE that cast iron skillet. I might just need to get one the next time in the PNW 😉
Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
DEFINITELY the prettiest cornbread I’ve ever seen! Everything about this is SO up my ally!
Amy | Club Narwhal
Okay, this is easily the dreamiest skillet (and cornbread) situation I’ve seen! I can’t get over that pretty handle!
Looks great! Any recommendations on what to serve this with?
It’s awesome with chili!
Dana Greyson aka "Galley Wench Tales"
Ohhh that looks good! Looking forward to trying out a gluten free version of it. It might finally get my husband to enjoy leeks; he LOVES cornbread.
Graham @ Glazed & Confused
STOP IT RIGHT NOW!
This cornbread looks sooooo bomb!
I need that skillet!!! Girl I love me some cornbread and honey.. This looks too good with the leeks and pecans. I love it!
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
This cornbread looks amazing, Cindy! Love the addition of leeks and pecans on this!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
And now I need to make this! I love the tabasco in there!
The recipe cuts off before it’s over. The last thing I see is “In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and pumpkin puree.”
What comes next?
Oh, no! I’ve have fixed it. Sorry about that.
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
It’s soooo pretty! I’m sure it tastes just as good as it looks 🙂
This sounds amazing! I am a big fan of leeks and they are so under-appreciated. True story: yesterday I mentioned leeks to my mom, and she responded by asking what they were! My response was something like “they look like scallions on steroids, but you have to cook them, and they’re SO good”. Now I will have to show her this!
I agree! I forget about them sometimes. Totally under-appreciated!
Megan @ My Bacon-Wrapped Life
OMG – this looks SO good! I love the idea of pumpkin and leeks together and SPICY HONEY?! Yum!!
the spicy honey makes it!
what no pin button?? came over from how sweet eats! Wowsers!!!!
Oh, no! You should be able to pin it if you hover over the photos.
Millie | Add A Little
Looks amazing Cindy – I love the combination of all the flavours!
This looks delicious Cindy! Loving the sweet and savoury flavours. I’m making this as soon as I get around to seasoning my new cast iron skillet.
Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land
oh wow. i never thought to put anything on top of cornbread -! i feel inspired … just when i was about to make pasta again for my two year old … gaZONK! xo