These golden corn muffins are cheesy and delicious. The muffins go especially well with a bowl of chili or hearty stew or serve them with beans or greens instead of your classic cornbread. The muffins take just 10 minutes to prepare, and they bake in just 16 to 20 minutes.
Feel free to omit the sugar if you like, or add more if you prefer a sweeter muffin. Or add some heat to the muffins with pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar.
They have all the flavor and texture you would expect from a corn muffin with the additional protein and flavor of the cheddar cheese.
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (preferably aluminum-free*)
- 3/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese* (shredded)
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or shortening
- Optional: 2 tablespoons melted butter (for topping)
- Heat the oven to 400 F (200 C/Gas 6). Grease a muffin tin or spray with baking spray.
- In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, table salt, sugar, and cornmeal. Blend well. Stir the shredded cheese into the flour mixture.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg. Add the milk and the melted butter or shortening and whisk to blend.
- When the oven has completely preheated, stir the egg and milk mixture into the flour mixture just until blended.
- Immediately fill the prepared muffin cups about two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 17 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown.
- If desired, brush more melted butter over the tops of the hot muffins as soon as they come out of the oven.
*If you've ever detected a strange, metallic taste when you take a bite of a biscuit or muffin, you probably agree with the recommendation of aluminum free baking powder. In fact, the flavor of all of your baked items will improve with aluminum-free baking powder. Rumford and Argo make an aluminum-free product, as does Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. And Bob's Red Mill sells 1-pound bags.
**Use a coarsely shredded cheese rather than the finely shredded, or use diced block cheddar.
- Jalapeno Cheese Corn Muffins: Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped jalapeno peppers to the muffins.
- Bacon Cheddar Corn Muffins: Add about 1/2 cup of crumbled cooked bacon to the muffin batter.
- Pepper Jack Corn Muffins: Add 1 cup of shredded or diced pepper jack cheese to the muffin batter.
- Replace the sugar with 1 tablespoon of honey, if desired.
Before you combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, make sure the oven has preheated, and the pan is greased and ready. The baking powder begins working as soon as the batter is combined, so get the muffins into the pan and then the oven as quickly as possible.