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 Muffins
- 300 ml milk
- 240 grams sour cream or high fat plain yogurt (1 cup)
- 115 grams butter, melted and cooled slightly (1/2 cup)
- 60 grams sugar (5 Tbsp)
- 2 eggs
- 280 grams cornmeal (2 cups)
- 130 grams all purpose flour (1 cup)
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 teaspoons 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