Saturday, February 23, 2008

Corn Muffin Hibernation


Fresh Baked Corn Muffins


I have been hibernating in my home this week.

I’ve had a head cold that’s been sapping my energy and spirit lately and the cold temperatures and dreary grey rainy weather haven’t helped my attitude much either. When I don’t feel well, I tend to hibernate away from people and my usual activities until I can heal myself and feel better. I try to avoid stressful things that make me think too much, and I amuse myself with relaxing diversions… like blogging… or baking. The cold weather encourages me to bake. It warms my home and my heart. It comforts my soul.

So late last night I got the urge to bake some corn muffins. The basic recipe I used is from my Betty Crocker “Big Red” cookbook, but I made a few changes to her recipe to make it my own. Here’s my recipe for the corn muffins as I made them last night. It works fine to make corn bread as well.

Heat oven to 400 degrees,
Prepare 9 x 1 ½ inch round pan or 8 x 8 x 2 inch square pan, or 12 muffin cups by greasing with shortening or using paper muffin cups


Ingredients

¾ cup low fat plain yogurt + ¼ cup unsweetened soy milk stirred together
(Betty used 1 cup milk instead)

¼ cup olive oil (Betty used ¼ cup butter, melted)

1 large egg

1 ¼ cups Polenta (Betty used cornmeal)

1 cup all purpose flour

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt


Prepare baking pan.

Beat yogurt, soy milk, oil & egg together in large bowl by hand with wire whisk. Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Spoon into muffin cups or pour into baking pan.


Corn Muffin batter ready to bake

Bake muffins at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Bake round or square pan a little longer, 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with butter and/or honey or whatever pleases you.

Notes** I rarely have milk in the house as I tend to use soy, but milk would work just as well. The yogurt adds a nice tangy taste that I like. I do usually have cornmeal in my kitchen, but ran out recently. The polenta worked very well and gave the muffins a rich yellow color and very nice texture. I usually substitute olive oil for butter whenever I can in my baking. It’s healthier and I think it improves the texture of many things. I use certified organic ingredients if I can.


Baked lightly golden brown in my Grandmother's muffin pan

So enjoy the warmth of your kitchen and the crunchy corniness of these muffins. I am going back into hibernation now.

4 comments:

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh yum...such nice pictures, too. Sorry about your head cold...I had that nasty thing a couple weeks ago and I'm *still* suffering from some of the lingering effects (scratchy throat that can't be cleared, tiredness) - you just need a few good days of sunshine to boost your spirits and you'll be back to new.

Anonymous said...

Yummmmmmmy.....we love warm corn muffins with chili.... Sorry about your cold.....sun is coming next week......Loretta

rmke1nf said...

Your writing is earthy and very entertaining, makes me want to come back for your next episode.

I especially liked the photos and was warmed by the reference to your Grandmother's old muffin pan.

Farmer Jen said...

Thank you all for your encouraging comments and your wishes for my better health. I so appreciate your nurturing!

Hi DK,
Sunshine is predicted here starting in a few days. I hope it's true. Your compliments on my photos mean a lot to me especially coming from you. You post such great photos on your Critter Farm blog. Much better than mine!

Hi Loretta,
I love hearing from you! Thank you so much for reading and supporting my blog with your comments.

Hi Bob,
I am so glad that you take the time to read my stuff and write comments to me. Your are such a talented writer, when will I be able to read your blog? Have you tried my corn muffin recipe yet? Ah yes, an actual recipe would restrict your artistic baking freedom...well, please let me know what variations you create. Maybe let me sample one?