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Tia Mowry's Crackling Cornbread

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Cook Time:
40 mins
Prep Time:
15 mins

Chef notes

I love this cornbread because you can make it with delicious, indulgent ingredients or turn it into a vegan-friendly side with a few simple swaps.

Swap option: For vegan alternative, use dairy-free butter instead of bacon fat and add 1 teaspoon lemon juice or distilled vinegar to a non-dairy milk instead of the buttermilk.


  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat or unsalted dairy-free butter
  • 2 cups yellow fine cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese or dairy-free cheese



Preheat the oven to 450 F. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet or 9x9-inch baking dish with bacon fat or dairy-free butter.


In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add buttermilk, egg, honey and oil. Whisk until fully mixed; stir in cheese. Stir and let sit for 15 minutes before adding mixture to dry ingredients.


Pour batter into cast iron or baking dish; spread evenly. Bake 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before cutting. Serve with collard greens, butter and honey, if desired.