Brown Butter Cornbread with Farmer Cheese and Thyme

This post may contain affiliate links.

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.

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

Meet The Author: Lori Lange

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • duodishes wrote:

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

  • Deborah wrote:

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

  • Ciao Chow Linda wrote:

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

  • Katrina wrote:

    That looks really good!

  • Kevin wrote:

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

  • melissa wrote:

    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.

  • Lori Lynn wrote:

    Your cornbread looks scrumptious, so light and airy!

  • white on rice couple wrote:

    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!

  • My Carolina Kitchen wrote:

    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.

  • Elra wrote:

    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!

  • Bellini Valli wrote:

    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!!

  • Laurie wrote:

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

  • Elle wrote:

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

  • Eliana wrote:

    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.