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Day 22: Cornbread muffins
20 September, 2009, 6:00 pm
Filed under: breakfast, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

Off the record: in which I deviate from my predetermined list of recipes and try something else that strikes my fancy.

corn

Good lord. Moving is a HASSLE!

I’ve been meaning to do some cooking and baking this week (in fact, I’ve even offered bribes in the form of Wichcraft chocolate cupcakes to get my friends to help me move.) But moving turned out to be far more time consuming than I expected. Also, the fact that I’ve been sharing kitchen supplies with a roommate means I have a very odd collection of kitchen stuff—I happen to have a pastry cutter and a blender, but no mixing bowls or spatulas. Yet somehow I do have three different types of Ziploc bags! Serious baking supplies fail. I’ll need to replenish my pantry and my utensil drawer before I have the proper tools to tackle my list.

With that in mind, I happen to have just enough supplies and ingredients after a whirlwind shopping trip to make cornbread muffins. I also had a neglected ear of corn that I bought two week ago. I didn’t do a taste test, but that corn was probably too flavourless to stand on its own. (The sugar in corn starts converting to starch the moment the corn is picked.) So into the cornbread batter it goes. I reduced the milk by a tablespoon, anticipating the fresh corn to add a bit of moisture once it’s cooked. But that was really unnecessary.

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ stick of melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ear of corn

I mixed all the dry ingredients first, then dumped the wet ingredients in. (If I had a can opener, this is the part where I throw in a handful of chopped jalapeños.) I let the batter sit for a bit while the oven gets preheated to 400F so the cornmeal can absorb a bit of moisture. Then bake for about 15 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.

cornbread

(Oh btw, that’s not hair in my muffin. I just did a poor job of removing the corn silk before I chopped up the corn.)

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