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Blackberry-Lavender Cornbread

Great googly-mooglies.

Blackberry-Lavender Cornbread | #recipeThat’s what I have to say about this recipe. It’s really good…like really really good. It’s one of those creations I have to pat myself on the back for putting together. I mean…not to brag or anything, but this is one of the best things I’ve tasted in a while (okay, I may be bragging a tad).

The other best thing I’ve tasted lately is Cafe Rio, which just opened it’s first store in the Seattle area. Mikey and I have been there 4 times since it opened last week. We may be a bit obsessive, and I think it’s getting out of hand. The only reason we haven’t been every single day is because it’s like a 20 minute drive. I wish I was joking.

For those that don’t know, Cafe Rio is like the best fast Mexican place, ever. They make their tortillas right in front of you, they have the most delicious sweet pork barbacoa, and their taco salads will change your life. Okay, I have to stop talking about it or I may convince myself I need it for dinner again, which is so not necessary.


Blackberry-Lavender Cornbread | #recipeLet’s talk about this super incredible cornbread, instead. It’s so perfect for Spring…I mean flowers and berries? It would be beyond pretty to serve during an outdoor brunch. Even though berries are now coming into season, I may have used frozen blackberries here because I had some at home and you know how it is. This would be so wonderful with fresh berries, though.

Also, I’m kind of obsessed with the whole lavender-blackberry flavor combo. There isn’t too much lavender, so nothing tastes perfume-y, it’s just fresh and delicious and a perfect compliment to the hearty corn meal.

Blackberry-Lavender Cornbread | #recipeI used a mixture of corn meal (well, actually I used corn grits, but either will work) and corn flour to create an extra tender cake that still has heft to it. The resulting cornbread has the best texture—soft and dense, but also crumbly and pillowy.

Oh, and you totally have to top this cornbread with a healthy drizzle of good honey. The floral notes in the honey will bring out the lavender even more. It’s totally divine, trust me.

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Blackberry-Lavender Cornbread


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp lavender
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal or corn grits/polenta
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1/4 cup honey, plus more to serve
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 cup (5-6 ounces) blackberries, frozen is fine


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8"x8" baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a food processor, process together the all-purpose flour, sugar, and lavender until the lavender is mostly broken up and combined. Add the mixture to a medium bowl.
  3. To the lavender mixture, stir in the salt, baking powder, cornmeal, and corn flour. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl on an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the honey, half-and-half, eggs, and butter. Beat until combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Scatter the blackberries over the top. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden and set. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving with extra honey.

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Zucchini Cornbread


5 Responses to “Blackberry-Lavender Cornbread”

  1. theresa krier — April 23, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    wow! this blackberry cornbread sounds amazing, i will be making this soon, i have loads of fresh blackberries but no lavender but i do have blackberry oil i could use, thanks for such a yummy recipe

    • Rachael replied: — April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

      You're so welcome, Theresa! This would be a wonderful use for all your blackberries! Blackberry oil sounds very intriguing! I've never used it before. You'll have to tell me how it turns out 🙂

  2. jenn — May 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Sounds divine- however,  where might I find lavender to use?  I love in North Pole, Alaska.  Ideas? 

    • Rachael replied: — May 10th, 2015 @ 11:38 am

      Haha oh wow that’s pretty far up there! I would probably just suggest using Amazon if you have access to that.

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