Halia’s Sour Cream Corn Bread by A.L. Herbert



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 can cream of corn (8.75 oz)
  • 1 can drained whole kernel corn (8.75 oz)
  • 1 container sour cream (8 oz)

Preheat oven to 375. Generously grease a 12-inch cast-iron frying pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Stir in eggs, butter, cream of corn, corn, and sour cream. Mix using an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Eight Servings

Find more delicious soul food recipes, along with a new mystery Romantic Times says is “Full of fun, sass, and some delicious-sounding recipes…very entertaining,” in MURDER WITH FRIED CHICKEN AND WAFFLES.


Welcome to Mahalia’s Sweet Tea–the finest soul food restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In between preparing her famous cornbread and mashed potatoes so creamy “they’ll make you want to slap your Momma,” owner Halia Watkins is about to dip her spoon into a grisly mystery. . .

Halia Watkins has her hands full cooking, hosting, and keeping her boisterous young cousin, Wavonne, from getting too sassy with customers. Having fast-talking entrepreneur Marcus Rand turn up in her kitchen is annoying enough when he’s alive–but finding his dead body face-down on her ceramic tile after hours is much worse.

Marcus had his enemies, and the cast iron frying pan beside his corpse suggests that at last, his shady business deals went too far. Halia is desperate to keep Sweet Tea’s name out of the sordid spotlight but her efforts only make Wavonne a prime suspect. Now Halia will have to serve up the real villain–before the killer returns for a second helping. . .

Features delicious recipes from Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, including Sour Cream Corn Bread and Sweet Corn Casserole!