But after sinking my teeth into the first warm muffin, topped with melting butter, I was glad I hadn't altered anything. Matt and Renato were right. These muffins had just the right amount of sweetness, contributed by a bit of honey. They didn't need anything else.
These were far better than the Jiffy corn muffin mixes I used to buy as a kid, and they weren't much more difficult. I whipped up a quick batch of buttermilk using 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. I had the rest of the ingredients on hand, and they came together quickly.
I enjoyed some fresh, and I also froze a few to have on hand for dinners. I'm glad I have a few left because I came across a delicious suggestion to top the reheated muffins with honey butter--yum!
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Honey Corn Muffins
from Baked Explorations
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Lightly butter or spray each cup of a standard 12 cup muffin pan – and wipe out any excess with a paper towel. You can also line with paper.
In a medium bowl, lightly whisk the eggs, add the buttermilk, honey and butter, and whisk again. Set aside.
In a larger bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, brown sugar, sugar and salt.
Make a little well in the dry ingredients and then pour the wet into the well, and fold together until just combined. Try not to over-mix.
Fill each muffin about 3/4’s full. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out just clean.
Place on a rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Then pop muffins out while still warm and serve with butter (and honey or fruit).