Brown Butter Cornbread with Farmer Cheese and Thyme

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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.

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  • Grace wrote:

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

  • VeggieGirl wrote:

    Mmm, such a fluffy cornbread variety!! The best 🙂

  • Robin Sue wrote:

    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!

  • Clumbsy Cookie wrote:

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

  • pigpigscorner wrote:

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

  • PaniniKathy wrote:

    Oh wow, that’s some great texture!

  • the southern hostess wrote:

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

  • LilSis wrote:

    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!!

  • eliza wrote:

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

  • Elyse wrote:

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

  • Janice wrote:

    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!

  • CookiePie wrote:

    That looks fantastic!!

  • Tara wrote:

    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)

  • Culinarywannabe wrote:

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

  • Cakespy wrote:

    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!

  • kellypea wrote:

    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.

  • Snooky doodle wrote:

    no problem. I ll have the cornbread alone 🙂 looks delicious

  • Kristen wrote:

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

  • Gina wrote:

    That’s some good looking cornbread!

  • Patsyk wrote:

    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!