Easy pumpkin cornbread needs a place on your fall table. This skillet cornbread is lightly sweet from the pumpkin. Silky cream cheese and a hint of cheddar cheese make it extra luscious and perfect as a Thanksgiving side dish.
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Have you ever heard of pumpkin cornbread before? It sounds a little different, but it is the ultimate in Fall side dishes.
You get all the hearty goodness of cornbread combined with a shot of pumpkin and topped with a healthy dose of cheese. It’s peak Fall and you need it in your life and on your table.
Why make cornbread in a cast iron skillet?
Cast iron skillets are so handy. You can make so many delicious things in them.
But you are really doing your cornbread a disservice if you’re not making it in a cast iron skillet.
When you make cornbread in a cast iron skillet you get two big perks: ease of prep and clean up and a delicious buttery crust.
When you make this pumpkin cornbread in a cast iron skillet, you are taking away the need for lots of bowls and pans for prep. You only need two skillets to make everything.
There’s no need for added bowls or a mixer or anything fancy. That means you don’t have much to clean up after making it and I am all about easy clean ups.
Now let’s talk about the buttery crust. You get that from baking the cornbread in a hot skillet.
Because cast iron is so heavy and retains heat so well, you get a nice dark golden color on the bottom. That dark color gives you the buttery flavor and crunch that makes this pumpkin cornbread so unbelievably good.
It also leads to a nice crust on the edges and the bottoms meaning that even when sliced and served, this corn bread holds it’s shape. It stays moist and tender, but doesn’t fall apart. Instead, it melts in your mouth.
Easy Pumpkin Cornbread
Making this pumpkin cornbread is so easy. To make it, just preheat your oven to 400 degrees. When you turn on your oven, put a 12 inch skillet inside so it gets nice and hot.
While your oven is getting nice and hot, heat a second skillet on the stove and melt 7 tablespoons of butter in it. After the butter is melted, melt together the cream cheese and half of the cheddar cheese.
Stir it until it’s nice and smooth and then you can take it off the heat. At that point you whisk in the dry ingredients to your butter and cheese mixture.
Only whisk until it’s just combined. Then you can gently whisk in your milk and pumpkin, again only stirring until it is just combined. Each time, be careful not to over mix.
Once the mixture looks remotely combined, consider it combined. Over-mixing will lead to dense tough bread, which is not a luscious treat to enjoy on any occasion.
Now you can take your hot cast iron skillet out of the preheated oven. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and swirl it around in the skillet to coat the bottom and sides. Then pour the batter from the first pan into the hot, buttered skillet and top it with the remaining cheddar cheese.
Bake it at 400 for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it to serve.
What to Serve with Pumpkin Cornbread
Pumpkin cornbread compliments so many different fall meals. Of course, you can make this for Thanksgiving and serve it with all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.
If you want to make this before Thanksgiving, it would be amazing with chili. I love it with this secret ingredient chili. It would also be delicious with pumpkin chili like this one or even butternut squash chili.
And while yes, you can serve this pumpkin cornbread with chili or a Thanksgiving spread, it’s delicious on its own. It makes a hearty fall breakfast, slathered with honey butter. What a great way to start the day.
For our third & final recipe of #PumpkinWeek 2019 we used Cabot Creamery’s butter and cheese. If I’ve got the chance to choose my brands, I will always pick their premium dairy products. Quality ingredients I can count on, means dishes I can be sure I’ll be proud to serve & savor.
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- 8 tbsp Cabot butter divided
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 2 cups Cabot shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups corn meal
- 3 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon optional
- 2 cups milk
- heaping 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- Add a 12" cast iron skillet to the oven, and set it to preheat at 400 degrees.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 7 tablespoons of butter.
- Add the cream cheese & half the cheddar, stirring until the mixture's smooth.
- Remove the skillet from heat. Whisk in the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, & cinnamon- whisking just until combined. Don't over mix.
- Add the milk & pumpkin, mixing again just until combined.
- Remove the skillet from the oven, add the remaining tablespoon of butter and tilt the skillet so that as it melts it swirls around & coats the bottom and side of the skillet.
- Pour the batter into the preheated skillet, top it with the remaining cheese, and bake for 20-25 minutes- or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove the skillet from the oven and let it rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Serve as is, or you can top each slice with a pat of butter and/or a drizzle of honey.
Fall is in the air, and we are celebrating our love of pumpkin with #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. All week-long 34 bloggers will be sharing 140+ fantastic recipes for all your Autumn celebrations, including breakfasts, baked goods, savory pumpkin recipes, desserts, and drinks. Thank you sponsors for providing the prize packages. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!
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