Sweet Corn Muffins Recipe

Homemade sweet corn muffins
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    35 mins

These sweet corn muffins are a little sweeter than regular corn muffins, and they're also lighter and more tender.

With ordinary cornbread, we use half flour and half cornmeal. But for these sweet corn muffins, we use three parts all-purpose flour and one part corn meal.

And the way we measure, of course, is by weight. Which means you'll need a digital scale you can set to grams. I happen to use this one, which didn't break the bank, and it works well. It lets you zero out the weight, too, so you can weigh the flour, zero it out and then add the cornmeal. 

Sweet corn muffins aren't traditional everywhere, but if you sometimes have a craving for a sweet corn muffin, this recipe is for you. The sweetness is one reason we make a lighter muffin. A rugged, rustic corn muffin wants to be savory, but these light, tender ones just beg to be sweetened.

Finally, remember to use fresh baking powder. If it's older than six months old, it won't provide enough rise.

What You'll Need

  • 195 grams all-purpose flour (about 1½ cups)
  • 40 grams corn meal (about ½ cup)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter in the microwave for about a minute, until it's thoroughly melted. Or you can just melt it in a small pan over very low heat. Set the melted butter aside at room temperature to cool, but don't let it solidify again.
  4. Combine the milk and the melted butter. Then add the oil, and finally whisk in the beaten egg. (Combining the melted butter and milk first prevents the hot butter from cooking the egg.)
  1. Thoroughly grease and flour a 12-cup muffin pan (or skip the greasing and use paper muffin liners instead).
  2. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix just until the liquid is incorporated. You'll still see a few lumps. But that's fine because mixing too long or too vigorously will cause the muffins to turn out hard.
  3. Carefully spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan (you can use a small ladle or even an ice-cream scoop) and transfer to the oven immediately.
  4. Bake 18–20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.