Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cornbread Muffins

What do you do when you have A LOT of cornmeal?

Make corn muffins!

I'm pretty sure this is the recipe I used with a couple changeups.  Stay tuned for more cornbread recipes...

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup skim milk
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup date honey

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F/200 C.
Into a large bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the whole milk, eggs, butter, and honey. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.
Place muffin paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Evenly divide the cornbread mixture into the papers. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden.

Cranberry Applesauce Muffins

Admittedly I don't have much to say about muffins. It's a good thing to grab for breakfast when you've run out of homemade bagels (post to come) or granola OR it's not Friday morning so you don't have time for french toast. I thought that if I used applesauce they would be health(ier) muffins but that's debatable. I used this recipe from If I made them again I would cut down on the flour so maybe they wouldn't be as dense. (The batter was almost dough like in consistency.) But I'm not a food scientist...

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 beaten eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour (purpose)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen, chopped)
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a muffin pan, or use paper liners.
2. In a small bowl, mix together applesauce, oil and egg. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture. Stir until just moistened. Fold in cranberries and pecans. Spoon into muffin cups, 2/3 full.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 2 minutes before removing.

(Apologies for the lack of a picture - you'll have to try it yourself to see what they look like!)