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Jalapeno Pale Ale Cornbread

The past few weeks I’ve been craving summer. I live in Los Angeles, so feel free to laugh at my inability to cope with a mild seasonal chill. It isn’t so much the weather of the Summer months that I miss, but the culture of the season. Backyard barbecues, a slower life pace, vacations and water related activities. There is something about the way that summer feels in my bones, the feeling of endless possibilities that the days bring that I miss. Cornbread is an epicurean reminder of what I’m missing out on, and brings a comfort that the Summer isn’t too far away.

Beer is a great way to add a new dimension to cornbread. Not only is it a leavening agent, insuring that your bread won’t be overly dense, it is also a preservative, giving you a few extra days to consume it. But I don’t think you’ll need them.

I chose Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale because it has a beautiful chili flavor, without the heat, a hard thing to accomplish. It also has a bit of a cinnamon and spice finish that pairs very well with a recipe that runs the line between savory and sweet.

If you can’t get your hands on this beer, look for a pale ale with strong, bold flavors of chili and spice.

Jalapeno Pale Ale Cornbread 

Jalapeno Pale Ale Cornbread


  • 3 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh jalapenos seeds removed
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup dry polenta course corn meal
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup pale ale with notes of spice I used Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs raw honey
  • 1 cup corn kernels fresh is better. If you use frozen, make sure they are thawed
  • 2 tbs melted unsalted butter


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Spray a large, deep dish loaf pan generously with butter flavored cooking spray.
  • In a sauce pan over medium/heat, add the butter and the jalapenos and cook until just starting to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the milk and polenta and stir until the milk starts to bubble and is well combined with the polenta. Cover and remove from heat, allowing to rest for about 20 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs and the honey until well combined.
  • Add the egg mixture to the polenta pan and stir. Add the dry ingredients and stir until incorperated. Add the beer and the corn kernels, stirring until just combined.
  • Add to the prepared baking dish and pour the 2 tbs of melted butter over the top.
  • Bake at 350 until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 45-55 minutes.

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Maggie @ Kitchie Coo February 21, 2012 um 7:35 pm

Absolutely brilliant! My husband adores pale ales and this would win me big points with him for sure. Your photos are gorgeous and this bread looks amazing.


Vincent February 21, 2012 um 10:25 pm

This looks like a good recipe, can’t wait to try it! I would suggest trying to prepare it in a cast iron skillet, hands down the best way to prepare cornbread! Nice evenly crisp edges, moist and delicious!

P.S. Stone is phenomenal brew, excellent choice! I am going to miss them when I leave SoCal.


The Beeroness February 21, 2012 um 10:47 pm

Thanks Vincent. I’ve never tried it with cast iron skillet, but I’ll have to do that next time.


[email protected] February 22, 2012 um 5:19 am

Great idea. Sounds great. Will try this. Thanks for sharing.


Simply Tia February 22, 2012 um 2:23 pm

This I have to try! Your cornbread looks and sounds awesome and delicious!


myfudo February 22, 2012 um 10:44 am

Intersting recipe…Would really love to try. Thanks!


Joe April 22, 2012 um 7:25 pm

I just made a batch of these to go with some black bean soup. I used my silicone fufmin pan for the first time, and they came out just like the ones in your pictures; tiny and cute! Instead of eggs I used Ener-G Egg Replacer, but followed the recipe otherwise. I used an entire 4oz can of diced jalapenos and they weren’t very spicy. They are very tasty. Thank you for the great recipe!


Natalie February 22, 2012 um 6:37 pm

Sonofa….. I saw your post on Foodgawker, and recognized the faint, yet still discernible Stone logo, and had to have a closer look. I just cleared the local BevMo out of their Stone Vertical Epic’s 11.11.11. My husband and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE that beer… it’s got to be our fav!! The chili flavor is simply divine. I will try your bread. Thankfully it only calls for 3/4 cup!!


The Beeroness February 22, 2012 um 7:33 pm

My favorite part of this recipe is that you have more than half the beer "leftover" which gives you a great excuse to drink, mid-day. You can’t possibly let it go to waste 😉


The Seaside Baker May 10, 2012 um 1:22 pm

I love Stone Brewery!!!! I love too love beer, and absolutely love your blog!!! If you ever in San Diego, hit me up! We can do a brewery crawl!


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