Maple and Bacon Cornbread Muffins

Maple Bacon Muffins
Maple Bacon Muffins. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
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 These bacon cornbread muffins are lightly sweetened with maple syrup and a little sugar. For more intense maple flavor, use grade B maple syrup and brush with the optional glaze a few minutes  before the muffins come out of the oven. 

What You'll Need

  • 5 strips bacon (about 5 ounces, cooked, crumbled, bacon drippings reserved)
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal (preferably stone ground)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • For the Optional Glaze:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F. Brush the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with bacon drippings or spray with nonstick baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the crumbled bacon with the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, 1 tablespoon (or more) of sugar, and the salt. Mix well.
  3. In another bowl, combine the milk, eggs, 4 tablespoons of melted butter, 2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon drippings, and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Whisk to blend throughly. 
  1. Add the milk mixture to the dry mixture; stir just until combined. Put about 1/4 cup of the batter in each prepared muffin cup.
  2. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the muffins are nicely browned. If desired, brush each muffin with maple glaze (instructions below) a few minutes before they come out of the oven.
  3. Maple Glaze: In a small saucepan, bring 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to a boil. Brush on the muffin tops a few minutes before they are done baking.

*For a sweeter muffin, add an extra 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Makes 10 to 12 muffins.

Note: If you can find Grade B maple syrup, it is super flavorful and a great choice for baking. You can order it online if you can't find it locally. 

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