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Fresh corn muffins

These kernel-studded cornbread muffins make a terrific breakfast dish.

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  • Yield: 12 conventional-sized muffins or 6 large
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes

“Wait till you see what Mami made,” I heard my husband tell the Little One. He’d seen the corn muffins cooling off on the kitchen table.

Corn is in season now. I like to buy it still in the husk to steam, cut off from the cob, and mix up a colorful corn salad. Or get fancy with a soufflé. When it’s not just eaten on the cob, with butter. But lately I’ve been using up my fresh corn in these tender, kernel-studded cornbread muffins. My family likes to eat them at breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper, or a pinch of cayenne
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup cooked corn kernels cut off the cob – about 1 ear of corn. You may, of course use canned corn (but it’s never as good)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450° F (250° C).

Grease your muffin tin very well.

Take a large bowl and in it, blend the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper.

In a smaller bowl, blend buttermilk, oil and egg.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the liquid mix into it, stirring gently until everything is blended. Don’t over-stir; that will make a tough muffin. That’s a thing we all wish to avoid.

Mix the corn kernels in, gently.

Fill the muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the muffins are uniformly golden brown.

Allow the muffins to cool 5 minutes, then lift them out of the cups – run a knife between the muffin and the cup to loosen it up if you have to – and set them on a rack to cool.

They're very good to eat when warm, with a little butter or some cheese on the side.

Related Topics: Baking, Breakfast, Vegetarian

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