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Try it out Tuesdays: Cornmeal Muffins

hello world!

I have an older brother whom I love very much. Just last week, my brother asked me to make cornmeal muffins. I was of course thrilled! My brother rarely ever eats anything I make let alone request for a specific meal. So yesterday, I headed to the grocery store, picked up a bag of yellow cornmeal, came home and got to work.

Now, I’ve never made anything with cornmeal before so this was totally experimental (I still didn’t have my mouse). I put a whole bunch of possible ingredients on the counter and started mixing things up. I think they turned out ok. They could have been a whole lot better but I was careless – fell asleep a couple of times during the process and was making two different batches at the same time! I made a banana batch and a sweet potato batch. The amounts below are for one batch only or 12 small-ish muffins.

Banana Cornmeal Muffins

Banana Cornmeal Muffins

So here are the ingredients I used:

  • 1 medium ripe banana or 1 medium cooked sweet potato – mashed.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal (I only saw one kind of cornmeal at the store and it says ‘yellow’ on the packaging)
  • 1/8 cup sugar (I divided them into 1 tbsp white sugar and 1 tbsp brown sugar)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 cup soy milk

and if I had been fully awake attentive…I would have added

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (to the sweet potato batch)

so you can imagine my muffins came out a little bit on the bland side…

Sweet Potato Cornmeal Muffins

Sweet Potato Cornmeal Muffins

The directions are quite simple:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F (200°C)
  2. In a medium bowl mash banana or sweet potato and mix in milk. In a perfect world I would have also added vanilla to this mixture.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, pinch of salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients (medium bowl to large bowl) and mix well.
  5. Fill muffin cups and bake for about 15 minutes. I turned off my oven at 15 minutes and left them inside for another 3 minutes. Then took them out and discovered their oh so wonderful bland flavour!  They were great however with my favourite tea – a very flavourful Cinnamon Apple Spice blend!

If you try out this recipe with either bananas, sweet potatoes or anything else you might like, please let me know!

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Try It Out Tuesdays: Butterless Banana Muffins

Banana MuffinI have been in the baking mode for the past few days. I’m not sure if its because I just felt like it or because I bought WAY too many bananas and could not eat them fast enough. Well it doesn’t matter. I’ve been baking and savoring all my baked goods…sorry Jillian! The 30 Day Shred although tough has not provided me with visual results yet…I guess I gotta change my diet *sigh*

After making banana bread for three consecutive days…I called it quits and decided to try something else…MUFFINS! So I got to work! I googled and googled and googled until I found a recipe that sounded so good I believed it to be the most delicious muffin EVER! Then when I went to get my ingredients, I realized I had no butter! I was VERY disappointed and went back to my laptop to start all over again.

BananaMuffinI found this recipe for Butterless Banana Muffins and decided THESE will be the most delicious muffins ever! By this point I was tired of searching and simply decided to substitute some ingredients for the ones I had at home. The result was good! I really liked these muffins!! My mom found them a bit too sweet…but she finds most everything a bit too sweet…hehe.

Ingredients:

2 large mashed bananas
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (I also made a batch with 1 cup all purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl mash bananas then add vanilla yogurt.
  2. Beat egg until fluffy and add sugar slowly.
  3. Mix in egg mixture into banana mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder and salt).
  5. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture.
    Fill muffin tins with batter. Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes.

If you feel like baking then give this recipe a chance…it might become your favourite. So, what are you waiting for…go ahead and Try it out!

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