Indulge in the warm, comforting embrace of our Brown Butter Pumpkin Cornbread recipe—a delightful holiday side dish that seamlessly marries the fluffy sweetness of pumpkin with the savory goodness of cornbread. Crafted to perfection, this dish is tailor-made for sharing, making it the ideal addition to your festive gatherings. Dairy-free, Gluten-free + Vegan option!
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, my mind is already buzzing with Thanksgiving menu ideas, and one dish that's sure to be a staple is this irresistible sweet + savory Brown Butter Pumpkin Cornbread. It's become a beloved favorite among my family, especially during the cozy season! The texture is simply divine, boasting the ideal balance of moistness and fluffiness, crowned with a delightful crisp golden crust.
This cornbread recipe is the perfect balance of moistness and tenderness, blurring the line between bread and cake. If you love cornbread, you definitely need to try my Honey Butter Cornbread Drop Biscuits and this Southern-Style Cornbread Stuffing next! There's nothing quite like baking it right in your trusty skillet-- a classic dish that begs to be shared right at the table.
And the best part is that it's easily adaptable to gluten-free or vegan for guests with dietary preferences. This versatile delight effortlessly adapts to both sweet + savory preparations, making it a welcomed addition to your table as a tempting appetizer, complementary side dish, or a satisfying snack.
Alright, let's talk cornbread – the ultimate Southern bread sensation! Picture this: it's made from cornmeal, and it's got this charming, slightly sweet, and nutty flavor. Down South, it's like an essential part of the culinary DNA. But here's the cool part – it's incredibly versatile. You can bake it up in all sorts of flavor, shapes and sizes. Whether it's cozying up to other dishes or going solo, cornbread is basically the Southern must-have you'll want on your plate.
To make this cornbread, you'll start by making the browned butter. Make sure to keep an eye on the butter as it's on the stove, as butter can burn quickly. Stay safe by keeping the heat pretty low. When the butter is a nice caramelized color, remove it from the heat and let it cool before you make the rest of the cornbread batter.
The rest of the batter comes together in a mixing bowl. It's a straightforward baking recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand!
Here's what you need to market this Thanksgiving side dish:
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Follow these tips to make your pumpkin cornbread recipe absolutely perfect:
A well-greased pan is your ally when it comes to removing the cornbread effortlessly after baking. Use butter, oil, or a cooking spray to coat the pan's interior thoroughly. This not only prevents sticking but also imparts a delightful crispy crust to the edges!
This pumpkin cornbread recipe is a definite must-have on my Thanksgiving menu, and it's a versatile choice that I'll enjoy throughout the fall season and beyond. Here are some tasty options to serve with your cornbread:
Now that you have a glimpse of how this cornbread complements your Thanksgiving table, here are some additional ideas for enjoying it throughout the fall season and beyond:
Southern Fried Chicken: For a southern-inspired meal, serve cornbread alongside crispy fried chicken. The combination of savory and sweet is simply irresistible.
Soups: Serve cornbread with a comforting soup, such as Chicken Noodle Soup, Apple Cheddar Sweet Potato Soup it adds substance and a pleasant sweetness to the meal. And if you need more fall soup inspiration simply type in 'soup' into Orchid + Sweet Tea's search bar.
Cheese + charcuterie: Create a delightful cheese and charcuterie board with slices of cornbread. The sweet and savory notes of the cornbread complement various cheeses and cured meats. Be sure to check out my tips on How To Make the Best Charcuterie Board
Brunch: Incorporate cornbread into your brunch menu by serving it alongside scrambled eggs, bacon (or candied bacon), and fresh fruit for a sweet and savory brunch experience.
If you're thinking about making your own pumpkin puree instead of using a store-bought canned version, then you'll be happy to know that it is rather simple:
If you can sneak pumpkin into cornbread, you can infuse it into an array of dishes! It plays the role of a binding agent in sweet delights, much like applesauce or eggs, ensuring moistness and flavor.
And then, it effortlessly transitions into the savory realm, where its earthy notes can elevate your pasta sauces, transform your pizza toppings, or even add depth to soups and stews. In essence, pumpkin opens up a world of culinary possibilities, bridging the gap between sweet and savory with its natural richness and character!
I'd love to share some of my favorite pumpkin-infused recipes with you! When it comes to savory dishes, like the Creamy Vegan Cajun Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta, you can incorporate a can of pure pumpkin for that perfect twist. And for sweet delights, you can add a smaller quantity --you won't want to miss out on The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread, a fluffy serving of Pumpkin French Toast, or the irresistible Baked Pumpkin French Toast Casserole.
Be sure to avoid buying canned pumpkin pie filling on accident. Pumpkin pie filling already has spices, sugar, and binders in them, which would change the flavor of your recipe entirely. I prefer to add my own spices and sugar, so 100% pure pumpkin is the way to go.
It's best the day you make it, but you can always warm the bread in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes before serving.
Store leftover pumpkin cornbread in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Yes! Simply opt for a vegan butter instead of dairy butter. I like using the brand Earth Balance.
Yes, you can absolutely make Brown Butter Pumpkin Cornbread gluten-free. To do so, simply substitute regular all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend of your choice. My favorite is Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour!
Yes, you can use any dairy-free milk you like for your Brown Butter Pumpkin Cornbread. Here are some easy recipes to make your own milk that’s cheaper and so easy!
Easy Homemade Creamy Cashew Milk
How to Make Potato Milk
Ultra Creamy Homemade Oat Milk
If you love this Brown Butter Pumpkin Cornbread recipe, you'll love my other pumpkin Fall recipes!
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