Brown Butter Cornbread with Farmer Cheese and Thyme

The weather has been weird this year. It’s far below freezing in places that don’t really know that kind of cold. And it’s ‘flip flops’ weather out here in Southern California during a time when we’re supposed to be donning our ‘winter’ sweaters and little-used jackets. So as soon as the clouds come out, I’m excited for our ‘soup and chili weather’ and start scouring the cookbooks for something to try. Unfortunately, the chili I tried recently wasn’t anything worth talking about, but the cornbread recipe that I made to go with it was: Brown Butter Cornbread with Farmer Cheese & Thyme.

The butter is browned in a cast-iron skillet, and the other ingredients are mixed together and poured on top of the browned butter.

I didn’t have the right size cast-iron pan, so I browned the butter in a saucepan and then poured it into a 9-inch square pan and continued the recipe from there. The batter contains whole grain cornmeal, which I love. It gives the bread a slight crunch. If you don’t like that of course you can use regular ground cornmeal.

Sour cream, Farmer’s Cheese, and the nutty-flavored browned butter help to make this cornbread a moist creation. No dry cornbread here. Chunks of corn and freshly chopped thyme are mixed in there too. There are three Tablespoons of sugar in this one, so it’s not terribly sweet- the savory flavors take over in a good way.

Farmer’s Cheese is a softer specialty cheese that you’ll find in the area of your supermarket where you might see things like Gouda cheese. You can always try to sub another type of cheese but the Farmer’s Cheese works very well with the fresh thyme so you might wish to give it a try.
The Barefoot Contessa’s cornbread used to be my all time favorite, but this cornbread was unique and tender, and it has since moved to the top of my list. It definitely enhanced the average chili that we had!

This recipe can be found HERE.

34 Responses to “Brown Butter Cornbread with Farmer Cheese and Thyme”

  1. postedJan 22, 2009 8:58 PM

    I make cornbread for my husband’s family (they go nuts for it)… might have to try this one next time and see how they like it. I love the thyme and farmer’s cheese in it… yum!

  2. postedJan 22, 2009 9:02 PM

    That’s some good looking cornbread!

  3. postedJan 22, 2009 9:08 PM

    I’ve been craving cornbread since the TWD cornbread round! This looks amazing.

  4. postedJan 22, 2009 9:16 PM
    Snooky doodle

    no problem. I ll have the cornbread alone :) looks delicious

  5. postedJan 22, 2009 9:40 PM

    We love cornbread and this recipe sounds wonderful with the cheese. Okay, so the brown butter, too. There’s no way I’d miss out on this.

  6. postedJan 22, 2009 10:23 PM

    How did you know I’ve been on an absolute cornbread kick lately! I’ve been buying and sampling other peoples’ variations, but I’m gonna have to step up to the plate and try this out!

  7. postedJan 22, 2009 11:12 PM

    Cornbread is the absolute best accompaniment to chili. I’ve never tried a type with cheese before, looks delicious.

  8. postedJan 22, 2009 11:36 PM

    ok i literally just pulled out a loaf of cornbread out of the oven…from one of those “Boxes”….i can’t even eat it now after looking at your beautiful recipe! :O)

  9. postedJan 23, 2009 12:08 AM

    That looks fantastic!!

  10. postedJan 23, 2009 1:59 AM

    I will definitely make this on Superbowl Sunday to go with my chili. I may even add a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseed to pump up the nutrition even more!

  11. postedJan 23, 2009 3:14 AM

    Wow, I must say that the pics of the cornbread have my mouth watering. It looks wonderfully comforting and delicious! Love your blog.

  12. postedJan 23, 2009 3:52 AM

    ooh…that looks very good! i’ve never tried famers cheese before either.

  13. postedJan 23, 2009 4:15 AM

    Now that’s some awesome cornbread! I always make cornbread to serve with my chili but I’m going to have to try this recipe next time! Thanks!!

  14. postedJan 23, 2009 4:54 AM
    the southern hostess

    This sounds and looks absolutely delicious! You’re inspiring me to move beyond the box of Jiffy.

  15. postedJan 23, 2009 5:08 AM

    Oh wow, that’s some great texture!

  16. postedJan 23, 2009 8:37 AM

    Looks really delicious! I’ve never had or made cornbread before actually. Would love to try one day.

  17. postedJan 23, 2009 11:54 AM
    Clumbsy Cookie

    I love to use brown butter in things. I’ve never seen a cornbread using it, but I’m sure it’s delicious!

  18. postedJan 23, 2009 12:07 PM
    Robin Sue

    I love corn bread with cheese, corn and herbs in it but my plain hubby likes it plain. I will have to make two. One boring for him and then this one for just me! I don’t think I have even had Farmer’s Cheese, another treasure hunt for me!

  19. postedJan 23, 2009 1:06 PM

    Mmm, such a fluffy cornbread variety!! The best :-)

  20. postedJan 23, 2009 2:52 PM

    there should be a law forbidding the consumption of chili without cornbread, wouldn’t you agree? :)

  21. postedJan 23, 2009 3:08 PM

    My boyfriend’s family is Southern and make the most amazing cornbread. Although they are pretty traditional in their flavor preference, I will be to make this one for them and see what they say.

  22. postedJan 23, 2009 3:50 PM

    Oh, i love cornbread! I’m always looking for the next, best one, so I’ll have to remember this one!

  23. postedJan 23, 2009 4:09 PM

    This looks very tender and moist! Your photo’s are beautiful.. I love the colors!! :)

  24. postedJan 23, 2009 6:49 PM
    Bellini Valli

    Funnily enough I made some cornbread the other day to go with my chicken stew. I had farmers cheese in the fridge as well so could have used this recipe for sure!!

  25. postedJan 23, 2009 10:20 PM

    Can’t believe after all of this year living in the States, still haven’t tried to make the most humble American bread. Corn bread, should really try to make the effort to do it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  26. postedJan 24, 2009 12:55 AM
    My Carolina Kitchen

    I’m a southern girl and I love my cornbread. I’m also a foodie and I like what you’ve done with the thyme and farmers cheese. I’ve tried rosemary in cornbread and liked it a lot, but I love rosemary in everything. Great pictures. Wish my cornbread would rise that high.

  27. postedJan 24, 2009 5:28 AM
    white on rice couple

    Yes! I do love farmers cheese, so your use of it in this fabulous cornbread is extra exciting for me! My downfall is eating a whole palte of cornbread and not ever feeling guilty about it! Thanks!

  28. postedJan 24, 2009 5:53 PM
    Lori Lynn

    Your cornbread looks scrumptious, so light and airy!

  29. postedJan 25, 2009 12:49 AM

    I don’t even like cornbread most of the time, and I am still ogling your photos. Now THAT is one I would eat. Fluffy. Good tip about the Farmer’s cheese, I bet it makes a difference.

  30. postedJan 25, 2009 11:53 AM

    I really like the sound of adding farmers cheese and herbs to cornbread. It looks nice and moist and good.

  31. postedJan 25, 2009 11:17 PM

    That looks really good!

  32. postedJan 26, 2009 2:12 AM
    Ciao Chow Linda

    Any cornbread that’s better than Ina’s has to be fantastic. Can’t wait to try it.

  33. postedJan 26, 2009 8:24 PM

    All you have to say is “brown butter” and I know I’ll be a fan!

  34. postedJan 27, 2009 7:27 PM

    If there’s any bread a Southerner loves, it’s cornbread. And both of these Southerners can’t get enough!

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