Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread

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“Good cornbread could melt in your mouth like sweet memories.”


Did you ever eat something in a restaurant that stayed with you for the rest of your life? For me, it was the cornbread I ate at a restaurant in Philadelphia named Cafe Nola. This restaurant was our favorite, and we dined there whenever we could get a babysitter. The cuisine was the flavors of New Orleans, and the tastes were a revelation for this young woman who had barely made it out of the East Coast of the U.S. They served the most incredibly delicious corn muffins made with the additions of jalapenos and cheese. Cafe Nola closed sadly many years ago, and I have been trying to recreate the taste of those muffins ever since. I think I may have finally nailed it. I hope you enjoy.

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  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole fresh corn kernels
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and generously grease a 9-inch springform pan with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the cornbread batter as instructed in the previous recipe.
  3. Pour the batter into the greased springform pan, spreading it evenly.
  4. Arrange the halved grape tomatoes and slivers of jalapeno on top of the batter, gently pressing them in.
  5. Place the springform pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until the cornbread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  7. Release the sides of the springform pan and carefully transfer the cornbread to a serving platter or cutting board.
  8. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

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58 responses to “Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread”

  1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    This has to be the queen of cornbreads! Looks more like an exquisite cake!

  2. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles.!/supermegawoman!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing it. xo

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    Rips says:

    That looks pretty and delicious!

  4. Such a tasty looking bread! I’m a huge fan of cornbread, and always look for more recipes for it. Love the addition of jalapeno in this one! 🙂

  5. Hi Bernadette, it sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  6. My husband loves cornbread but I never made it. Yours looks delicious and I should make it for him. Thank you!

  7. CARAMELODY – My stories are generally short and sweet, easy to read….not supposed to challenge anyone mentally. Just a few minutes diversion. You might relate to Caramel. You might think she is daft. She is learning with every story. Then there is the story of how Caramel was crushed. It will be delicately told. Mostly you will have a site full of life and joy. I don't have a camera. I have a tablet (which I won as a prize for passing a test at work) and that has a little camera thingy on it. I have tried to take photos and load them onto my lap-top, but there is something wrong with my tablet. It only lets me take one photo at a time. I have to bluetooth it and then delete it before I can take the next one. Nightmare! Anyway, I bring up the subject because very few of the pictures in the posts I publish were taken by me. They are from Pixabay and Shutterstock etc. They are not my "work". Then again I don't consider my posts work as such. It's just me waffling away, the same way as I would write a letter to my loved ones, about my life mostly. If dread the thought of upsetting anyone by sharing personal posts on WordPress and decorating them with what appear to be free images from these image sites. If I have unintentionally used something that someone recognizes and feels they should have been given credit or the image not be used at all. Please leave a comment on my post and I will correct it. The pictures I use are only used to decorate my waffley posts and make it more bearable for the 20-30 who seem to regularly view or like my posts (I don't know how many actually read them). I would never claim they are mine or my work. I make no money at all from blogging. Neither am I doing this to attain credit or recognition. I have just found it helpful to write about "stuff". It's a huge bonus that other bloggers have been so friendly and left kind comments. But please please let me know if I have broken blogging etiquette. I don't want to sour anyone else's blogging experience.
    CARAMELODY says:

    That looks seriously yummy.

  8. Chef Mimi – As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!
    Chef Mimi says:

    That looks great!

  9. this is very pretty Bernadette. I make a cornbread from a book I was given years ago by an american friend called The American Table (I think) and i use the recipe for muffins as well. Very tasty.

  10. Awakening Wonders – Everyday life is filled with wondrous things and embraceable moments, but only if we allow ourselves to be fully awakened. I invite you to join me as I share passionate life adventures and ramblings that awaken my spirit. I look forward to awakening your senses to the simple, joyous wonders that are all around us. I feel that we are destined to become soulful adventurers!
    Awakening Wonders says:

    This is cornbread at its finest!

  11. Tanooki – What food holiday is it today? Celebrating everyday with homemade food🥳🎉 Everyday is special, so have fun! When there’s a yummy homemade food on a dining table, there’s a smile:) & food coma;)
    Tanooki says:

    That’s an amazing cornbread!!👀💕 I haven’t tried making it from scratch, so I’ll keep that recipe. Thanks for sharing it🤤👍✨

  12. Woohoo, it’s the week for spicy cornbread! I made one with jalapeño and honey recently, and I love your additions of cheese and tomatoes. Gosh, it sounds like a meal in itself! 😋

  13. I love bread, and this recipe is definitely one that I know I will enjoy! Seems like it is perfect to go with chili!

  14. Delicious cheesy jalapeno cornbread! 👌well shared

  15. I love putting jalapeños in my corn bread, I love your addition of cheese and tomatoes too!

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    the Painted Apron says:

    It’s so pretty too!!

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    EsmeSalon says:

    What an amazing and fantastic cornbread – love it.
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    Carol says:

    What a winning combination of flavors

  19. OK, I need to try this! I am not a jalepeno fan, but this looks perfect for every other person in my house. 🙂 I’m going to make it next week! Thank you for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #13 linkup. Hope to see you there again next week!

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