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Peppered Cornbread Recipe

To really spice things up a bit, make Peppered Cornbread. Made with some shredded habanero cheese, it’s sure to put a little kick into your step

slice of peppered cornbread

My husband and I had some people over for dinner the other day and I made a large batch of chili in my Crock Pot.  To go with it, I made some cornbread.  Then it hit me that I had some Cabot Habanero Cheese and some hot jarred jalapenos and that it would be interesting to make a cornbread using those two ingredients.  So, I got to work and made a skillet of Peppered Cornbread and it was amazing!

Cabot Habanero Cheese

The cheese is a blend of spicy habaneros and aged cheddar cheese.  Once baked into the cornbread, you taste a little bit of the cheese and get a kick from the habanero (plus the hot jalapenos).  This recipe is a winner at our home.

To make it, I start by hand shredding the cheese.

Shredded Habanero Cheese

I then melt my butter in my cast iron skillet while the oven is preheating.  (I just have to be careful not to forget about it so that it doesn’t burn.)  I then make the batter and pour it into my hot cast iron skillet.

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Peppered Cornbread Recipe

This Peppered Cornbread is made with some shredded habanero cheese and is sure to put a little kick into your step.
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, cornbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 413kcal
Author Lynda


  • 3/4 cup butter melted and divided
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal white
  • 1/2 cup hot jalapenos drained and chopped
  • 1/2 stick Habanero Cheese shredded


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Grease bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan (or cast iron skillet) with 1 tablespoon melted butter; set aside.
  • Combine remaining melted butter, sour cream and next 3 ingredients; add cornmeal, stirring until moistened. Add jalapenos and cheese and mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden.



Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 303mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g
slice of peppered cornbread on a plate

Have you ever tried Habanero Cheese?

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Sunday 6th of October 2013

a meal in and of itself!


Saturday 5th of October 2013

Oh now see my husband would love this!