Close up of Cornbread Muffins in a basket, fresh out of the oven
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Cornbread Muffins

Recipe video above. These muffins are so tasty and moist that you don't even need butter for them, just eat them plain! I especially like to serve these as a side to Chili Con Carne, and of course they make an appearance for any Southern meals I make! Can also be made in a skillet.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Bread, Muffin, Side
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Cornbread Muffins, Creamed Corn
Servings: 12
Calories: 231
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml / 115 g butter , melted unsalted
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup / 185 ml milk , any fat %
  • 1 CUP canned creamed corn (NOT 1 CAN!!!)

Dry Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal (called polenta in Australia) (Note 1)
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) flour (plain/all purpose)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (110g) white sugar (can reduce to 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Baking:

  • Extra melted butter for greasing and brushing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Brush a 12 hole standard muffin tin with melted butter.
  • Combine Dry ingredients in a bowl and give them a quick stir to combine.
  • Whisk Wet ingredients in a bowl until combined.
  • Pour Wet into Dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the greased muffin tray - use it all up, fill the holes right up!
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove muffin tray from the oven. Optional: Brush tops with melted butter. Cool for 5 minutes then remove muffins onto a rack.

Notes

1. Cornmeal (polenta): In Australia, cornmeal is labelled as "polenta" in most supermarkets. Polenta is a porridge-like side dish that has a consistency like a very loose creamy mashed potato. It is to Italians what Mashed Potato is to other countries. Polenta is made from cornmeal which is ground corn.
2. Flour - Can sub flour + baking powder with self raising flour.
3. STORING: These keep well for a 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. They are always best served warm with butter and honey, or something for dunking!
4. CREAMED CORN SUB: If you can't get canned creamed corn, use this as a sub (we tried it and it's near perfect) - use 1 can of corn kernels. Put all the corn + 1/3 of the liquid in the can  + 1 tbsp flour into a bowl. Then blitz with hand blender (or use blender) until you can't see whole corn kernels anymore but there are still corn chunks (don't to puree). See video for what creamed corn looks like. Use in place of canned creamed corn in this recipe.
5. WHAT THEY TASTE LIKE: Moist with a muffin like texture with a lovely corn flavour. A bit sweet (2 tsp sugar in each muffin) but not overly sweet (can reduce sugar) with a bit of gritty texture from the cornmeal which is a nice reminder that it's there. I am utterly in love with these Cornbread Muffins!
6. Leftover creamed corn: This is what I do (don't judge me!) - toast bread, heat corn, spread on toast, top with cheese, grill. Eat and be happy...
7. Nutrition per muffin.
Nutrition Facts
Cornbread Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 231 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 195mg8%
Potassium 208mg6%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This Cornbread Muffin recipe was originally published in October 2014. Recipe slightly improved, rewrote post, new photos, recipe video added - it's a total refresh!

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1.3mg