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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Blueberry-Corn Muffins - Blue Monday





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...They're back. My Texas grandsons have grown like weeds and in six short months have crossed that invisible line that separates little boys from more serious works in progress. I'm a bit sad, but also thrilled and proud. Their years become them. On a more practical note, I have to feed these gangly guys and my dainty breakfast muffins will no longer suit this crew. So, I surrendered and bought a pair of jumbo muffin pans, and began a search for a batter with which to fill them. Martha Stewart had just what I was looking for. She developed a muffin that contains corn meal and blueberries. The proportion of corn meal to flour in her recipe is slight, so the end product tastes like a muffin with a really interesting texture rather than cornbread. I didn't make the paper molds she suggested and while my muffins lacked her striking presentation, the jumbo muffin pans worked well. I do have one suggestion to make to you. Use frozen blueberries. This recipe makes a really stiff batter and fresh berries will be mangled when you fold them into the dough. This is a really nice recipe that's a bit unique. You'll also love the aroma of the muffins as they bake. The only downside to this recipe is that the muffins don't keep well. They are, of course, best eaten warm. I hope you'll try these. They really are good. Here's the recipe.

Blueberry-Corn Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
3 tablespoons honey
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 cup blueberries

Directions:
1) Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray one jumbo muffin pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
2) Place softened butter, 3/4 cup sugar, and honey in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add eggs; beat 1 minute more.
3) Whisk flour, cornmeal, and baking powder together in a medium bowl; add to butter mixture in mixer bowl. Beat until combined. Slowly pour in milk, beating on low, until just combined. Fold in blueberries. Divide dough among muffin cups. Brush tops with cold water; sprinkle 1 teaspoon of reserved sugar over each.
4) Bake until tops are browned, centers are set, and a cake tester inserted in center of muffin comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool in pans 5 minutes. Serve at once. Yield: 6 jumbo muffins.

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This post is being linked to:
Smiling Sally - Blue Monday

64 comments :

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Have fun feeding your precious grandsons!

Do you take your own photos? I love this muffin on the beautiful blue dish.

Fondly,
Glenda

scrambledhenfruit said...

Those muffins must be huge! Upon first glance at your photos, I was wondering where you found that cute tiny Blue Willow dish. :) The muffins sound delightful and different. I love the texture of cornbread so I'm sure I'd love these as well. And it really doesn't matter around here if they keep well or not- they're going to be gone in a day anyway! I hope you have a great visit with those grandsons!

Martha said...

Enjoy your visit with the grandsons . . . and the muffin on the blue willow plate is stunning. But then you know my love for blue and white!

Ginny said...

These look beautiful and so does the plate they are on. I can smell them now. How long will your grandsons be visiting? Do you take all your own pictures, they are just always so beautiful. I went back to your pink pepermint patty recipe, and I must try it, I have a pastel cream cheese mint patty recipe that's to die for and these look just as good.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

They look gorgeous!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I love you adding corn meal to this! Yummers! Gorgeous too! Thanks!

Katerina said...

When I watch my child growing up I am very happy and encourage him to conquer new things and achievements, but sometimes I can't help contemplate on the days he was a little baby, having this baby smell and being so innocent. This is a very satisfying recipe for muffins, especially for hungry children.

Debinhawaii said...

What big, gorgeous muffins--they look delicious and so full of blueberries too! ;-)

Chele said...

What a great way to start the day. I must make more use out of my jumbo muffin pans!

Emmalene said...

What a great post! How lovely to hear about your precious grandsons. I bet they really enjoyed eating these muffins and that it doesn't matter that the muffins don't keep well as they wouldn't have lasted long anyway!
I'm betting cornmeal and blueberries are a natural partner, and would like to try blueberry cornbread too! Have a great day Mary, x

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Mary,
i tuoi nipoti sono veramente fortunati ad avere per nonna una cuoca !!!
Buonissimo questo Muffin su quel piatto blue !
Dalla foto sembra che sia enorme...
Buona domenica :)
( ps: c'è qualche Muffin anche per noi poveri bloggers ? )

Angie's Recipes said...

Love these perfectly crowned muffins! As always, excellent photos!

Joanne said...

i love corn muffins and they sound even better stuffed with blueberries! I'm sure the grandsons will LOVE these treats!

Simply Life said...

i wish I had one right now!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Interesting tip to use frozen blueberries. I will have to try that. I'll bet those grandsons wolfed these down.

Sweet Southern Prep said...

My mouth is watering for one this morning, as I drink my coffee.

P.S. I grew up eating off of that china...brings me back. :)

zurin said...

Boys spurt up so suddenly and before you know it they are laughing like men. It took me by surprise when our eldest son turn frm boy to man overnight .:) the muffins look gogeous.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

It must be very rewarding to see your grandsons grow up!! But yes, growing boys have endless appetites it seems!! I bet they enjoyed these muffins--I know I would!

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, I have a group of teens for breakfast this week- jumbo muffins sound perfect! Enjoy your guys!
xoxo Pattie

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

These look delicious and I've never made muffins with the combo of corn meal. Great idea.

bj said...

Using cornmeal in a sweet muffin is new for me but I sure aim to try them. Sounds delicious.

I've wondered how your photos come out with a white background. Looks amazing. It showcases your beautiful cooking.
xo bj

Adelina said...

Love the Jumbo muffins you made- I am sure it filled the little ones enough to get them going till lunch! Nice to hear you have a Texas connection too!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Nice photos. Great tip on using frozen blueberries.

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Have a great Sunday!

Carmen

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Mmmmmmmm, this makes me very hungry. Have a good day. Diane

bellini valli said...

I remember the teenage years of feeding the entire neighbourhood. Did I have any food left:D These muffins are an excellent choice!

Julie M. said...

These look delicious! I love the subtle addition of corn meal, I can only imagine how it enhances the flavor! How fun to watch your grandsons grow up and to be able to cook delicious food for them! I can certainly relate to cooking for a gaggle of boys.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Susi said...

Growing boys certainly need a good amount of food! Enjoy your visit with them :o)

The muffins look great! Since I have a freezer full of blueberries I will make sure to take note of this recipe!

Jenn said...

Oh I do love Blueberry Muffins!! These look wonderful!
By the way, even though I see you as some what of a celebrity of the blogging world, I would like to give you this award. Come check it out!
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Pondside said...

Well, I love corn meal and I love blueberries, and I have both on hand.........always something wonderful to try here.

Merisi said...

Mmmm ... wished I could have one right now,
they look delicious! :-)

Enjoy your grandsons!

Annie said...

Mary thank you for this delicious muffins recipe.

Have a nice sunday

lindaraxa said...

I will have to keep this in store for when my newborn grandson gets to that stage! I have been using the Jordan Marsh Blueberry muffin recipe for years but the addition of cornmeal sounds very interesting. I think I will have to try these sooner than expected!

Shandy said...

Hope you have a fun filled time enjoying your grandsons! LOVE your photos and recipe of the blueberry corn muffins, YUM!

Jen_from_NJ said...

Martha Stewart sure knows a good muffin! I really like several of her recipes for baked goods. I will be trying this one. Enjoy your time with your grandsons!

Faith said...

I hope you have a wonderful time with your grandsons! I'm sure they enjoyed these lovely muffins!

Ana Powell said...

These ones have my name on.
Enjoy your time with your grandsons ♥

Julie said...

Mary - These muffins are so beautiful. Perfectly shaped and so tall!

Enjoy the grandsons! I am sure they so enjoy their grandmother's wonderful cooking!

Country Dreaming said...

Oh boy---ones that are growing!
Your recipe sounds good.
Question for you???
Have you heard of Candy Bar Cake?
It was one of the desserts at the
family reunion today.

Melinda

Susan C said...

You're making me weepy for my one-year-old grandson. They do grow up way too quickly.

From the Kitchen said...

Mary, have a delicious visit with the boys--I know they will with you.

Best,
Bonnie

Michael Toa said...

Blueberry muffins are one of my favourites. I like the addition of the corn meal. I'll definitely make these. Have a great day. Michael.

Pacheco Patty said...

I really like this recipe, I have a couple of grandsons and they love blueberry muffins, I'll have to try this recipe, I think the corn sounds perfect with the blueberries, great idea!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Well if these beauties don't keep well then obviously they all need to be eaten asap!! It is so nice to read about your grandsons...how special that you are so close to them & that they have you to cook for them!! I just read on your side bar that you have a coffee pot that is never empty...sounds like our house!

Kamalika said...

The muffins looks very tasty....I have some blueberries handy...I got the recipe what I am gonna try to....
Enjoy with your grand sons....

Maggie said...

I came by to see your PS offering and though it looks good, I was completely sidetracked by the muffins! Yummy!

Happy Belated PS... the last weekend of my summer vacation just flew by so now I'm finally getting around to make my PS visits!

Pink lipsticky kisses,
Maggie @
"Do these shoes match this purse?"

Beckerman Girls said...

Those blueberry muffins look DELICIOUS! I just ate one today for lunch and it was good but I prefer home baked...but Martha Stewart ALWAYS knows what she's doing!!! Gotta try those! Lastnight, I made "Happy Vegan Cookies" with a recipe I found online..they were super EASY and totally reccomend it if you google that, you will find it! yummmm
xoThe Beckerman Girls

http://BeckermanBitePlate.com

Devaki said...

These muffins are delightful and different. You had me at all the lovely ingredients especially the cornmeal, honey and bluberries.

You are such an inspiration Mary :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

The Words Crafter said...

This is going straight to my recipe file. My husband and I both love blueberry muffins and I love cornbread-but not the old fashioned kind. I like the kind that's a tiny bit sweeter, more muffin like than the crumbly kind. This is perfect and I can't wait to get some! Thanks very much for the tip! Fall is around the corner and cooking time is about to begin....woohoo!

Little Inbox said...

The muffin looks really yummy!
You must have a fun with your grandsons!

Monet said...

Your grandsons are very lucky to have someone like you in their lives! The ratio of cornmeal to flour seems perfect. They sound like a unique twist on a classic blueberry muffin recipe...something a bit special, a bit different. Thanks for sharing!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Hope you have a fun time enjoying your grandsons! Lovely blueberry muffins, look good and comfort!

Jeanette said...

This sounds and looks so yummy! It is on my list to try next week.

Diana's Cocina said...

These muffins are definitely speaking to me. They look fantastic and I think I will have to make these soon.

Louise said...

I really enjoy using cornmeal in my baking as well. The slight crunch is delightful...

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

As usual, your recipe looks wonderful! I can tell just by reading your post how much you love your grandsons :) How sweet Mary.

Sanjeeta kk said...

Awesome clicks Mary! Like the presentation & the recipe. Best wishes, take care.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I don't think there would be any problem with keeping them- to be eaten straight away I say! They look lovely and just the sort of thing to fill gangly grandsons.

Sweet and Savory said...

I had to smile, Mary. I can't get over how my grandchildren have not only overtaken me, in size, but now I look up to them. Those are my grandbabies but they are now truly grand, in all ways.

Yes, dainty foods are not for them. This muffins is perfect for filling up. Corn muffins with blueberries set each other off. I have some blueberries left and maybe, if I find time, I could throw these together.

My first commitment it so make ice cream for the very first time.

M. said...

I love your blue Monday, so tasty!!!

Foodessa said...

Mary...I completely agree about the use of frozen blueberries...especailly when making muffins. I find the addition of corn meal quite interesting and I could only imagine how it adds interest to the texture. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.
I'm sure your grandsons won't want to leave with how generous you are with that kitchen of yours ;o)

Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Terrianne, Call me Ree said...

So nice to read your grandsons are there for a visit. It always means so much when someone ('s) you don't get to see as often as you'd like return...if only for a spell. I'm sure you cherish every minute of it.

I, too, am going to invest in a Texas muffin pan. I love a big muffin. I'm glad to have your in depth review of flavor and taste and texture and, your suggestion to use frozen berries, I've been wanting to make these exact muffins for months.

Thank you.

Katrina said...

Love the idea of cornmeal in a muffin. Perfect with blueberries!

My Little Space said...

Oh lovely lovely muffins! Just hand me some butter.
Kristy

Salsa Verde said...

Fantastic recipe and amazing blue willow plate.
Hope you enjoyed your visit.
Love,
Lia.

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