Go Back
To Kill a Mockingbird Book Club Questions and Recipe

To Kill a Mockingbird Brown Sugar Cracklin’ Bread

The combination of brown sugar and bacon on this cornbread might change Scout’s mind about adding molasses to her food! If you're looking for food ideas for To Kill A Mockingbird, look no further! Your book club will love this southern recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 289 kcal


  • Cast Iron Skillet, if available


For the bread:

  • 5-6 strips of bacon
  • 1 ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp oil

For the brown sugar topping:

  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 ½ tbsp brown sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cook the bacon in an oven safe skillet if you have one.
  • Remove the bacon and reserve just enough grease to coat the skillet (or an 8X8 baking pan).
  • Crumble the bacon and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar.
  • Next, mix in the wet ingredients—milk, egg, and oil—until you have a mixture slightly thicker than pancake mix.
  • Pour the mix into the greased skillet or pan.
  • Sprinkle the cooked bacon on top of the mixture.
  • Cook for 17-20 minutes or just before the cornbread is done.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the top. Then, drizzle the melted butter over that.
  • Place back into the oven and cook for 3-5 more minutes.
  • Serve with warm butter and honey, if desired.
Keyword Bread, Pastry