honey corn muffins

Cornbread–
I’m from the South. Every day, Mama made cornbread (cornmeal mix, buttermilk, 1egg, drops of water). For years, I didn’t know cornbread other than Mama’s cornbread existed.  (I was devastated to find people adding sugar to cornbread!)

Those days are long past, and I seldom make cornbread (even though I DO have my cast iron skillet if needed.)  However,  taco soup needs cornbread for dippin’.

I’m glad I found the honey corn muffins in one of the Baked boys cookbooks, “Baked Explorations.”

These were made and consumed at My Friend A’s home; so, I only have an iPhone photo.

Notice the course, open texture of the muffins.  I used part medium grind cornmeal and part course grind cornmeal to make the honey corn muffins.  The muffins boast both texture and flavor.
Warm out of the oven, the honey corn muffins had a slight sweetness; yet, broken and dipped into the soup, they held their shape and soaked in all the flavorful juices.
Thanksgiving is just days away.  You need to make these to serve with your leftover turkey – turkey soup.
Honey Corn Muffins
(Adaped from Baked Explorations page 41)
Ingredients:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 4 T butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 c medium grind cornmeal
  • 1/4 c course grind cornmeal
  • 3/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/4 c light brown sugar
  • 2 T granulated sugar
  • 1 t salt

Mixing:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Grease 12 c muffin pan (these stick to the sides) I didn’t use muffin liners because I wanted a crisp edge all around the muffin.
  3. In bowl, whisk eggs to break up
  4. Add buttermilk, honey, and butter to eggs.
  5. In separate bowl, stir together remaining ingredients
  6. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir only to combine well. Don’t over mix.
  7. Pour into muffin wells, about 2/3 full
  8. Bake approximately 15 minutes, until they test done.
  9. Remove from pan and enjoy!
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shortbread Baked Explorations style

I visited their bakery in Charleston, SC last year, and my library contains both their cookbooks.  The latest book, “Baked Explorations,” contains their version of many old classics such as Mississippi Mud Pie and Buckeyes.
…and Shortbread.  
It’s not yet time to bake nor to post ‘holiday’ looking cookies; however, I wanted to see if this shortbread recipe would hold it’s shape baked into little gingerbread shaped men.  After refrigerating the dough overnight, cutting the men and refrigerating again for about an hour, I can say and show that the dough did hold it’s shape baked into little 2″ shortbread men.  
The fork-prick made cute buttons.  There is no question about the flavor and texture – Awesome!
I highly recommend this book.  You will be inspired to bake!
two little…

 three little…

 four little shortbread men…

Life Frosty, these little men will be ‘back again some day…’