Very different but we added some brown sugar to the mix and then topped it with a drizzle of brown sugar and butter…before baking it the second time around. Really nice change from Jiffy 😬😬😬.
Not sure I'll ever use this.
We totally get ya. We use butter when we make it, but you could use any oil or fat. We found it a bit dry with the butter so we added another 2 Tablespoons and that did the trick. If you are not using lard I'd recommend increasing the fat. This is a very different corn bread from most mixes. It is not at all sweet and it's less of a cake texture. I found that adding a big dollop of honey butter (I know, it's not on any diet) really made it sing.
I had read some reviews that his cornbread was a bit dry and not sweet. I guess Sean uses a generous helping of honey butter on top to balance the flavor. I like a more sweet cornbread so I added 3 tablespoons of honey and a couple tablespoons of butter. It was perfect. I still served with honey butter!
I expected more of a corny flavor. I also found it too salty and (IMO, I know people divide on this one) it could have used a bit of sweet. I like a slightly grittier grind on the cornmeal, too. So - it was OK, but I was disappointed.