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Homemade Sugar and Cinnamon Sweet Cornbread With Baked Apple Slices


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Cornbread with oven-baked apple slices

Cornbread with oven-baked apple slices

Easy Recipe for Cornbread

I love cornbread. It's delicious. It's pretty. What I love most is its versatility. It can be a snack, a side dish, or the star of the show. You can drizzle it with honey or dip it in chili. You can dress it up or dress it down. This easy to bake recipe leans towards the dressy side with apple, sugar, cinnamon, honey and simple syrup. I usually have a box of Jiffy cornbread mix in my pantry for cornbread emergencies—but homemade cornbread is a beautiful thing. If you're in search of recipes for sweet cornbread, this is one of the sweetest I have ever tasted. So how do you make cornbread?

Ready in 30 Minutes!

This easy homemade dessert is easier to make than you might think. I usually have all the necessary ingredients on hand since they're simple, staple items. The most important ingredient is of course, cornmeal. You can use white or yellow (I've used both before). Cornbread made from white cornmeal will still be yellow from the coloring of the egg yolks. This cornmeal bread recipe can be baked in almost any oven-safe pan or dish and is ready in about 30 minutes.

Ingredients for cornbread from scratch

Ingredients for cornbread from scratch

Step 1: Make the Cornbread

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 20 min

Ready in: 30 min

Yields: 8 servings


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture, gradually, mixing well with each addition.
  5. Pour batter into greased baking pan or dish.
  6. Sprinkle top of cornbread batter with the remaining cinnamon-and-sugar mixture. (For more info, see the recipe for baked apples below.)
  7. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Best served fresh out of oven or re-heated. Serve with baked apples and give each serving a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
This cornbread almost looks like a yummy homemade coffee cake!

This cornbread almost looks like a yummy homemade coffee cake!

Step 2: Make the Oven-Baked Apple Slices

Prep Time: 6 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yields: 8 servings


  • 1 green apple
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar


  1. Peel and cut the apple into even slices (1 apple will yield about 16 pieces).
  2. In a small bowl combine honey and lemon juice and mix well.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugars. Mix well with a fork.
  4. Dip each apple slice into the lemon-honey mixture coating both sides and place on foil-lined baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle tops of apples with cinnamon sugar mixture, saving some to sprinkle on top of raw cornbread batter.
  6. Bake apples in 400° oven for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately with warm cornbread.
  8. Enjoy!
Homemade cornbread with cinnamon baked apples

Homemade cornbread with cinnamon baked apples

Heather Says

Cornbread is a bit of a comfort food for me. It reminds me of making cornbread muffins with my mom or cornbread stuffing at Thanksgiving. I enjoy baking it from scratch and also from the box—but I really love eating it. This dessert is perfect for fall. Serve at informal get-togethers when it's cold outside or bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Make baking and serving even easier by baking in cute ramekins for individual servings.


Heather (author) from Arizona on March 18, 2014:

@rls8994-- Thanks! I too love cinnamon and cornbread is such an amazing and comforting food. I hope you get a chance to try this and love it :)

rls8994 from Mississippi on December 16, 2013:

I love anything with cinnamon and I love cornbread so I will definitely be trying to make this. Thanks for this great recipe! Voted up!

Heather (author) from Arizona on November 16, 2013:

@MizBejabbers-- Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. I've never tried cornbread with jam or jelly but I look forward to it! Thanks again for reading :)

@ElleBee-- Thanks for stopping by. It's quite yummy! You'll have to come back and let me know how it goes :)

@Glimmer Twin Fan-- Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning :)

@StephSev108-- Thanks for stopping by. I hope you love it :)

@Attikos-- Thanks so much for the kind words! Shredded apple sounds great and I will definitely try that. I'm glad you stopped by :)

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@RTalloni-- Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you stopped by :)

@mary615-- Thanks so much for the kind words, vote, and share. I'm glad you stopped by :)

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@carol7777-- Thanks for reading and bookmarking. I always love your visits and comments :)

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on September 25, 2013:

I think you just melted my butter with this recipe. I have to be gluten free, so most breads and cakes are off limits for me. I’ve been trying to find recipes to dress up cornbread and pretend it is cake or cobbler, and this fits the bill. I was raised on cornbread and have never lost my love for it. One of my favorites snacks since childhood is a slice of cornbread with butter and jelly or jam on it. Voted up++

ElleBee on November 11, 2012:

Oh my goodness this is like three delicious things in one - cinnamon sugar AND cornbread AND apple slices! Sounds yum, yum, yum. May need to try very soon.

Claudia Mitchell on October 29, 2012:

Pinned. Boy does this look awesome! Great hub.

Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on October 28, 2012:

This seems so yummy...I'll have to give it a try. Thanks.

Attikos from East Cackalacky on October 28, 2012:

Good looking dish, well done article! Your photographs alone make it worth the read, but the content is even better.

Like you, I'm a cornbread aficionado. This is a way of doing it with apples I think I've never seen before. It's going to get a try in my kitchen.

What would you think of adding some shredded apple to the bread itself to tie it all together? I may try that, too.

Voted up, useful and awesome, with five stars. You all reading, Heather has some more creative recipes on her profile. Take a look.

lovedoctor926 on October 27, 2012:

this looks delicious!

RTalloni on October 27, 2012:

Looks fabulous and a neat hub. Great twist on cornbread!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 27, 2012:

I have to compliment you on the way you presented this Hub! Nice photos and good instructions, too.

We country folks love our cornbread. I grew up on cornbread and buttermilk! Never would have thought of it as a dessert, but this looks so good, I'll have to try it.

I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

lcbenefield on October 27, 2012:

Interesting. I never would have thought of making cornbread as a dessert.

carol stanley from Arizona on October 27, 2012:

I like your well organized hub with photos. This dessert sounds really good....and different. Will have to bookmark and thanks for sharing. Voting UP.

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