Cornbread is a funny thing.
Some like it sweet. Some like it savory.
'Tis a very personal thing though.
I like mine savory with corn in it and cheese. Although, we're trying to eat less cheese these days (horrors!) so I'll just go with corn.
Jackdaddy likes jalapenos in his, but that's just wrong to me.
However, I will tell you that Jackdaddy has THE best cornbread recipe in the world. Ever. Bar none. It's the total sh*tbomb cornbread of all time.
IF you like savory. I guess you could figure out how to make it sweet, but you'd probably be better off just finding a sweet recipe.
(The one thing I will tell you ahead of time is that you really, really, really do need a cast iron skillet to make this right. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, get one. Nothing like 'em, and you'll take your cornbread to a whole new level with one.)
Jackdaddy's Cast Iron Cornbread
Preheat oven to 425
1 cup good quality cornmeal
1/2 cup flour (don't get all fancy here... just some flour.)
1 TBL baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 TBL brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable (or whatever) oil
1 cup buttermilk (or more) (You can also add some juice from the corn can if you used canned corn, but not all of it for sure.)
Whatever mix-ins you want: Fresh or canned corn, jalapenos, cheese, etc..
Mix all ingredients
You want the batter to be pourable, but not runny. It should kind of easily plop in.
Take two small (or one larger, but not big) cast iron skillets and put a dash of oil in each one and rub it around. Put them on the stove burners and get them hot, but not smoking.
When they're good and hot, pour 1/2 batter into each one. (Or all in that big one if you're just using the one.) You should hear a sizzle. If you don't get a sizzle, put it back on the burner.
Cook 20-25 minutes in the oven.
(You can also make ho cakes (pancake thingees) by just adding more buttermilk and cooking on a griddle.)
OH! And did you know that you can make buttermilk?
You can make buttermilk! Isn't that the damndest thing you ever learned?
1 cup whole milk
2 TBS cream of tartar OR 1 TBS white vinegar OR 1 TBS lemon juice
Mix it together and let it sit until it gets all buttermilky!
Now go make some cornbread, dammit. Throw a fried egg on top and eat it with a cup of strong coffee. Crumble it up in the bottom of your soup. Eat it hot out of the pan with butter on it. Or honey! Take it to a party and tell your friends that it's a recipe you've been perfecting for years. Or, better yet, tell them it's your Grandmother's secret recipe and you'd love to, but can't possibly share it.
Har, Har, Har.
Oh, and if for some reason it sucks, talk to Jackdaddy.