I am such a big fan of anything corn.
Corn tortillas, cornbread, corn muffins, I can’t get enough.
I remember trying many corn muffin recipes when I was younger, but I had issues with the batter kind of separating and not coming together. Some recipes instructed me to let the cornmeal sit in the milk for awhile to absorb it, but it never really worked that well.
And then I came across this recipe from Cooks Illustrated. It works so well because you start by cooking half of the cornmeal in the milk, stirring at various increments until the mixture reaches a pancake batter-like consistency.
Then you’ve got this smooth textured base that the rest of the batter kind of wraps itself around. It works great!
These cornbread muffins (or cornbread, you can easily make this in a brownie tin instead) come out moist, tender, not to sweet, and with nice domed tops.
Jalepeno Cornbread MuffinsCourse: Sides
This cornbread muffin recipe is slightly adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
300 ml milk
240 grams (1 cup) sour cream or high fat plain yogurt
115 grams (1/2 cup) butter, melted and cooled slightly
60 grams (5 Tbsp) sugar
2 large eggs
280 grams (2 cups) cornmeal
130 grams (1 cup) all purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp salt
1 jalapeno, finely diced
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 1.Combine half of the cornmeal with the milk and heat gently in the microwave, stirring in between until the mixture reaches a pancake batter-like consistency.
- Add the other wet ingredients to the cornmeal and milk mixture, and combine.
- Sift in the dry ingredients, including the remaining half of the cornmeal. Add the jalapenos and fold together until just combined.
- Divide batter evenly among 12 greased muffin cups. These muffins will rise slightly, but not too much.
- Bake 13 to 17 minutes until they’re golden and they bounce back when you gently press your fingertip into the tops.
Before you go, I’d also like to give a shout out to ANOTHER really freaking delicious cornbread recipe.
This next one came from a book that I read as a teenager called “A Day At The Beach.” It was a nice little summer novel about a couple who moves to the Caribbean and opens a restaurant.
It was such a cool book because in amongst the storytelling there were some nice little recipes. One of the recipes was this really cool cornbread.
I loved the sounds of this cornbread recipe for a number of reasons. Mainly because it had CREAMED CORN in it. When I think of creamed corn, my mind immediately assumes sweet and moist. This is what we want to find in cornbread!
So I wrote the recipe down, made it, loved it, and eventually lost the recipe. In the 90s, losing a written down recipe was a much bigger deal than it is now. I couldn’t just Google it. I had to go to the library to find the book, then rifle through the pages until I found it. This library quest happened a few times before the internet came along and made everything searchable.
This cornbread recipe became my go-to for years. I love making it when I’m in the mood for a sweeter cornbread with more stuff in it. My primary reason for including this cornbread recipe in this post is so I always know where to find it. No more trips to the library for this gal!
Blanchard’s Caribbean Cornbread
Bob and Melinda Blanchard | Published Here – June 5 2019
130 grams (1 cup) All-purpose flour
140 grams (1 cup) Cornmeal
2 Tbsp Baking powder
1 tsp salt
225 grams butter, room temperature
150 grams (3/4 cup) sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups cream-style corn
1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 Jalepeno (that’s my addition, you can leave it out if you like)
- Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter and flour a 9-inch square cake pan. Whisk together the flour, corn meal, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar. While the mixer is running, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add the corn, pineapple and cheese and mix until well combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden brown around the edges and a cake tester stuck in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.