Monday, 12 October 2009

sweet cornbread with maple butter

Sweet Corn Bread with Maple Butter

3/4 cup cornmeal (semolina)
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup white (caster) sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk (any)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).

grease muffin tin or line with paper muffin cups (I used silicon jack o' lantern shaped muffin tin from Salisbury's).

Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar. egg, milk, baking powder, salt, and melted butter: mix until until blended. *

Scoop batter into prepared muffin pans. The batter will be very liquid because of the amount of milk and melted butter this is fine no need to worry it will be absorbed by the cornmeal/semolina.

Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of muffins before baking if desired.

Bake for 15- 20 minutes remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tin.

*Fresh chopped jalapeno peppers can be added at this time, as can chopped red pepper and/or tinned sweet corn(about ½ to 1 cup tinned sweet corn). I left the muffins plain so that they could be topped with maple butter.

Maple Butter
½ cup butter (slightly salted) at room temperature
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Mix the syrup and butter in a bowl with a spoon or electric mixer. The amount of syrup is to taste if you like the butter very sweet add more, or use very little for the slightest hint of maple flavour. Place in a small bowl or ramekin and refrigerate until needed.

cook's notes: I have been living in England for over ten years and it took a good 8 years to figure out semolina is cornmeal... yeah I know I should have been born a blond.

I made maple butter as I ran out of honey to make honey butter, but M says the maple butter knocks honey butter out of the ballpark... you know big sports enthusiast that he is. H was very pleased with the pumpkin shape and thinks that all muffins should be Halloween shaped!


Apron Thrift Girl said...

Maple is one of my top favorite flavors in the world. Coffee being #1. I think these sound so delicious. I'm going to make me a gf version very soon.

Carmen said...

These sound absolutely delicious - another to print out :)

SpoiltPig said...

They look fantastic :) Pretty much all baking is completely beyond me though...might have to convince Vonnie to have a bash at these sometime I'm over ;)

tialys said...

Ooh, I remember cornbread from a few visits to the U.S. and loved it. I would never have guessed that semolina was the same thing. I'm going to give them a try but they won't look as good as yours as I haven't got any fancy muffin tins.

things we make said...

Oh my word. These are just darlin'! I want to make some...and will at some point.

Anonymous said...

Just how fantastic are they?! Yummy.