MMM Maple Cornbread

20160131_192714Warning, this is “Yankee” cornbread, which means there’s a bit of sweetness in it. It’s not too much – it will depend on the grade of your maple syrup – but just enough to give it that extra somethin’ to go with your bowl of chili.

I happen to know a native southerner that gave this cornbread his last-bite-of-the-meal privilege.

You didn’t think Drunken Cookie lives on sugared baked goods alone, did you?

This recipe is from the King Arthur Baker’s Companion. It makes a perfect 8 x 8 inch pan, but will also give you about 12 -14 muffins. If making muffins, check for doneness around the 18-minute mark.

Bonus: It’s simple enough to memorize. Impress your friends.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%, but any will do)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup [real] maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted & slightly cooled
  1. Heat oven to 425ยบ. Grease an 8″ x 8″ baking pan.
  2. Whisk the first four ingredients in a medium bowl until combined.
  3. In a second bowl, combine the butter, syrup, milk, and eggs. Whisk until well blended.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until just combined. Don’t over-mix.

Pour into baking pan and bake 20 -25 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

That’s it! You’ve made delicious cornbread, faster than Bo and Luke Duke.

Tips: I’ve used Grade A Golden (formerly Fancy) maple syrup, which was very delicate and subtle, and Grade A Amber Color and Rich Flavor (formerly Grade A Medium) which gave this cornbread more of a maple flavor. If you’re confused, basically the darker the syrup, the stronger the maple flavor. For the muffins, paper liners were not necessary – just grease the muffin cups beforehand.

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Quick and Easy Cinnamon “Rolls”

Cinnamon Rolls FinishedI love cinnamon rolls, especially as a breakfast treat. I confess I will buy a Cinnabon or a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls, but I always feel guilty. What’s in those? (Don’t look at the label!)

This recipe saved me at least a little bit of the guilt that comes along with eating sugar, butter, and flour for breakfast. I think mostly because they’re homemade. They do not require yeast and are baked in a muffin pan, which make these a little bit muffin, and a little bit roll.

Ahhhh, warming a cold Saturday morning with the sweet smell of baking cinnamon.

I found this recipe on Allrecipes. Thanks to Carol, the original submitter of these delicious little muffin/roll hybrid. Her profile doesn’t seem to be on the site, but I thought this was worth a shout out ๐Ÿ™‚

Tips

  • I didn’t use raisins or currants… I’m not a fan of raisins in cinnamon rolls, but feel free to add them if you are!
  • I made a cream cheese icing, your basic cream cheese/butter/confectioners sugar/vanilla/milk icing. I’m sure these are equally yummy with the glaze that’s included in the recipe.
  • I thought I may have originally under-baked these, but they set up well, and the middle had the gooey-chewy feel that I like in a cinnamon roll. I feel that over-baking these slightly would dry out the edges too much for my liking, so keep an eye on them.

Here’s a photo collage of the process. Enjoy!

 

Make These Blueberry Muffins ASAP

Very sorry! Long time, no post. Let me make it up to you.

Please take 45 minutes out of your Saturday morning and make these amazing blueberry muffins.

Baked Blueberry Muffins

Usually here on Drunken Cookie, I tweak recipes, I modify them, I mold them into my own. However, this recipe gets just one minor change: I use brown sugar instead of white sugar in the streusel topping.

Lots of antioxidants!
Lots of anti-oxidants!

Eat them warm. Add butter if you like. Eat them later. Still delicious. Eat a minimum of 2 per day. Eat all 12. You can’t go wrong.

**Drools**
**Drools**

Ok, maybe a little. Use fresh blueberries, if available. Make sure you rinse them, taking off those little stems that are sometimes missed in the picking process.

Blueberries Washed
Gotcha, stem!

I think streusel topping makes the magic happen, so don’t leave that part out. Enjoy!