Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Cornbread Muffins

My search is finally over. I have been searching for the best cornbread recipe since I lost my last one. You see, I did have the perfect cornbread recipe for years but somehow she crept out of my kitchen and jumped ship. I searched high and low for the rattled piece of paper I had scribbled it down on, and nothing...I've never seen it again. Of course I should have treated that piece of paper with a little more care. Had I known how things were going to turn out, I would have locked her up in a secret place.

Since that awful day I have searched and searched and experimented until I had almost given up hope on finding such a delicious recipe....Until now. Yes, I have finally found another perfect cornbread recipe from For the Love of Food. I can't tell you how bittersweet this day is. Don't get me wrong I still love my old recipe and would give anything to have her back but I have to move on, it's been far too long. You want to know the worst part about this whole endeavor? I think this cornbread recipe might just be a little better than my last. And now I know why she left, her time was up. We both needed to move on, she was doing me a favor. I'll always love her for that.

NOTE: I baked the batter in a mini muffin tray but I have also baked this recipe in a loaf pan and a regular sized muffin tray with beautiful results. If baking mini muffins, adjust the baking time to about 12-15 minutes.

RECIPE, courtesy of For the Love of Food:

1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Cornmeal
6 Tablespoons Sugar
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Milk
¼ Cup melted Vegetable Shortening
2 Eggs, slightly beaten
½ Cup shredded Cheddar cheese
½ Cup frozen Corn

Heat oven to 200°C(425°F). Grease (not oil) a 8 or 9-inch square pan. In medium a bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients beating by hand just until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


Elle said...

Ooooooh! I think this IS the perfect cornbread recipe! Good cornbread has to have three things: it's got to be a little sweet, it has to have cheddar, and it has to have corn.

I can't WAIT to try this! I've been collecting a lot of cornbread recipes looking for the perfect one--this looks like it'll be the one.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Deborah said...

This does sound like a great cornbread recipe. I'm a bit partial to a little bit of sugar in my cornbread, but some people completely disagree with that!!

linda said...

Never ever had cornbread but yours looks delicious!

Kristina said...

Oh my gosh, I've been searching for the best cornbread as well! They never live up to my expectations. Thanks so much for sharing!

Nick said...

Excellent! I love cornbread but never get around to making it. This does sound like a perfect recipe. Do you think skim or soy milk would work in place of the milk? I need to experiment with this. I just made a batch of Chile Verde that could use some cornbread action! Thanks for sharin!

- The Peanut Butter Boy

Rhyleysgranny said...

Through Elle posting a comment on my blog I have at last found a tried and tested recipe for corn bread. I have never made it but it is of a similar idea to our Irish soda bread. I have maize meal which I think is the same as corn meal.Now all I have to do is figure out american cups:)
Thank you

~Madeline~ said...

It really is the perfect cornbread recipe (in my opinion ;) I see you've made it and you liked it too. I'm so happy for that!

I agree, it has to have a little sugar. I can see however, how some people disagree, I have had some cornbread that's way too sweet.

Put whatever you're doing right now down and go bake some cornbread, It's awesome!

I am so picky about my cornbread, thus my neverending search but honestly, I will no longer be looking. I love this recipe

I would like to say that skim milk will work but I really don't know. As for soy milk, I have even less of a clue! Please do let me know how your experimenting goes, I'd love to know. Good luck!

I wish I could help you but my math skills are not very good :) Once you figure it out, let me know what you think!

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