Sweet and Savory Corn Muffins

There are some food ingredients I normally don’t end up using…almost ever. Some of them I have an aversion to (dill!), others I just either don’t have on hand, rarely need, or have shrugged off. Not always fairly, I might add.

Sweet and Savory Corn Muffins. Fluffy corn muffins studded with corn kernels!

I also have always had a weird thing with not liking savory dishes with sweet add-ins.  Such as fruit as an addition to salad, sweet sauces or vinaigrettes, raisins in any non-dessert course, and last but not least, anything with the adjective “Honey-Baked”.  To be honest, I’ve never actually had honey-baked ham, but I keep hearing advertisements on the radio for it, so that was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of sweet-savory dishes.  I like to keep my sweet tooth as far away from savory tooth (new word?) as much as possible.  In the dessert category, to be exact.

Does this mean that I also don’t use cranberry sauce with my turkey on Thanksgiving day?  Why yes, yes it does.  Please don’t hate me!

Sweet and Savory Corn Muffins. Fluffy corn muffins studded with corn kernels!

The point of this, you ask?

I might be getting there.  Basically all of this explains why I generally don’t end up cooking with  certain foods in the kitchen.   One of them being sweet corn. With the exception of a really great grilled corn on the cob, it’s one of those foods I always tend to put aside in the kitchen.  However, lately I’ve been trying to put aside my prejudices against certain foods (not happening, dill!).  And this is exactly what I did the other day.

Sweet and Savory Corn Muffins. Fluffy corn muffins studded with corn kernels!

These sweet and savory corn muffins are the perfect accompaniment to dinner and can also be served as a light dessert or snack.  A little honey or maple syrup on top make these even more delectable!

Sweet & Savory Corn Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal (I used Arrowhead Mills!)
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a standard muffin tin (or line it with muffin liners) and place the muffin tin on a large baking sheet. Set it aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, yellow cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg.
  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, canola oil, egg, and egg yolk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.
  4. Fold in the frozen corn kernels. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin tin and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on a rack for a few minutes, remove the muffins from the tin, and serve warm! Serve with butter and warm maple syrup (optional).

Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours.

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Sweet and Savory Corn Muffins. Fluffy corn muffins studded with corn kernels!

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Sweet and Savory Corn Muffins. Fluffy corn muffins studded with corn kernels!

The frozen corn kernels give a really nice texture to these muffins and they occasionally give a burst of flavor in your mouth, which is a fun surprise!  But they are completely optional.  Both my parents don’t actually love corn breads (because they tend to be too sweet–I guess this runs in the family?), but they loved these.  They would have preferred leaving out the corn kernels, but I liked them!  It’s your choice.

My mom actually ate three of these corn muffins in the span of an hour and then proceeded to playfully yell at me for making something too good to resist.  Compliment taken.

These would be a perfect muffin to serve with Thanksgiving dinner too!  Followed, of course, by a long nap 😉

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Ok, but seriously, if you ever see a recipe on this blog that includes dill (except in minute quantities), it means I’ve been held hostage and forced to cook and write about it.  Got it?  Ok, good.  Slight exaggeration, but not completely out of the question.