Tuesday, January 13, 2009

TWD - Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins

This week we have Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake to thank for choosing Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins. You can find the recipe on her site or on page 6 of Dorie Greenspan's "Baking: From My Home to Yours."

I'll confess that when I made this recipe, I felt like I was just going through the motions. As the official office birthday cake baker, I had a busy last week. I made two cakes and thirty or so cupcakes for my coworkers, as well as a couple dozen cupcakes for my mother's birthday! I'll share more about those sweet treats later. By the time TWD baking time rolled around, I wasn't particularly excited about corn muffins.

All of that ambivalence changed once I popped one of these babies in my mouth! These things are GOOD! I made tiny little mini muffins and served them alongside barbecued pork ribs and homemade baked potato chips. Going forward, these muffins will be a staple in my recipe rotation.
I threw a couple muffins on the dinner plate of my official taste tester, but I didn't tell him what they were. See, he's a believer that corn bread should be baked in an iron skillet with bacon grease. If I would have let him in on the secret he would have turned his nose up at my cute little muffins! I watched out of the corner of my eye as he took a couple of bites and eyed them suspiciously. He asked "is this some type of corn bread?" I was all innocence. "What?" "Why yes, yes they are. They're corn muffins! Aren't they cute?" He kind of snorted, ignored me for a while, cleaned his plate, and ate 4 or 5 more muffins. Eventually, he grudgingly gave them his seal of approval.
The bottom line? Try them! You'll like them! Check out the other TWD bakers here!

22 comments:

pinkstripes said...

Cool! I'm glad you guys liked them. They were good!

HoneyB said...

I did like them but Grumpy's too picky. He ate two with his dinner but doesn't want them again. Its too bad because I enjoyed them!

vibi said...

Yummy... that's my kinda of cron muffins: a little crusty (the best part), of a rich golden color and totaly spicy! Very well done, Kimberly!

Peggy said...

I loved them but my DH did not. Men. . .whatcha gonna do with them? :) Yours look great (love the crusty) and I'm glad you liked them.

Flourchild said...

You sound like you have been busy baking! Im glad you liked the muffins..they look tasty.

spike. said...

That sounds like a lot of cake to bake in one week! glad you liked these muffins

Pamela said...

Nice ploy on your taste tester there! Hope you get a break on the baking at work!

chocolatechic said...

Wonderful.

Danielle said...

LOL thats a sign they were good when they keep eating even when they have been tricked into tasting it :} Yors came out very pretty

kim said...

glad these were able to break you out of your baking doldrums! :)

April said...

I'm also a cornbread in an iron skillet/bacon grease maker but these were good in a different way. I'm glad he 'saw the light!'

Jessica said...

Cornbread with bacon grease is really good . . . but I loved these too. It's nice to know that you have options, right?

Matt's Kitchen said...

Two cakes, thirty-plus cupcakes for work, and a dozen more for your mom? Where do you get your energy?
I just got home from work and the thought of barbecued ribs and homemade potato chips (potato chips of any kind are my weakness. I could make a meal out of a one pound bag) is making me weak at the knees!

n.o.e said...

Oh, how fun that you made a corn muffin convert! Your minis are so cute they would win anyone over. We loved this recipe too.
Nancy

Leslie said...

They look yummy! Glad you managed to convert your taster!

Rebecca said...

Did someone say "ribs"? Your muffins look fantastic! Awesome crust.

Cakelaw said...

LOL - I love how he snorted, then ate 4 or 5 muffins. They were good though.

Jacque said...

LOL, I can just picture your tester. Sounds like he's a convert.

I think the mini muffin pan was a good idea.

Cathy said...

Yay, so glad that these were good enough to hold their own against all of those delicious cakes!! And glad that your official taste tester liked them too; that's always the best reward!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

I loved these...good that you held out on the hubby before he asked what they were! Nice job!

The Food Librarian said...

These look great! I want to make them again!

Teanna said...

You are the official birthday cake baker at your office! Sounds awesome (and maybe sometimes annoying?)!!! Your muffins look fantstic!