Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins -- Tuesdays with Dorie

These super yummy, slightly spicy muffins were our TWD pick of the week, chosen by the amazing Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake -- a very fun blogger with hilarious posts, delicious recipes, and photographs that make you drool! Thank you Rebecca, for a fun TWD pick that I've had my eye on for a while.


These were a cornbread style muffin with a trio of add-ins -- corn, red bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper -- that gave them a ton of flavor. I love cornbread, I could have sweet cornbread with honey and butter for breakfast, spicy cornbread with soup for lunch, and cornbread casserole with my dinner and wouldn't mind it one bit :)
As much as I love cornbread I don't make it that often, so having these as a TWD pick was a perfect excuse! We have a family favorite cornbread, and that is pretty much our 'gold standard' -- it is a sweeter recipe which is the more Northern style cornbread, and it is a favorite of my husband and children. I love to try new cornbread recipes, sweet or savory, but my family kind of grumbles, and asks for our old standby.

The kids were happy to try this recipe but were not fans of the 'yucky spicy green peppers' and picked them out. I know the recipe calls for fresh jalapenos but I had some jarred in the fridge I wanted to use up and used them instead. I thought they gave a nice kick and can't wait to try these again with fresh jalapenos. My other change to the recipe was to double the corn kernels from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup. I love the extra juicy corn pieces and cornbread with corn baked in is a personal favorite.


I had enough batter to make one pan of cornsticks and one pan of 'snowflake' muffins with my new silicone snowflake muffin pan. I actually bought this last fall (along with my orange pumpkin one that I made Dorie's pumpkin muffins with) but this was my first time using it. I figured with all the snow we've been having it would be a perfect time to give this pan a try before packing it up with all the seasonal bakeware. I loved the snowflake impressions that were left on the bottom of the muffins. I'm thinking it would be fun to use this pan with some chocolate muffins and dust the bottoms with powdered sugar.
I really enjoyed this edition of TWD and these Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins. They would pair beautifully with black bean soup or veggie chili or just about anything -- so hearty with a slight warming spice, yum :)

16 comments:

pinkstripes said...

I like the snowflake muffins. These were a big hit here too.

vibi said...

Niiiiiice! I love the snowflake pattern! Beautifully done, Andrea!

Cathy said...

I love the snowflake muffins and the cornsticks! I agree that these are the perfect thing to go along with a warm bowl of something spicy!

Megan said...

What a great pan - actually, both of them. I love corn bread shaped like, well, corn!

chocolatechic said...

OH...your snow muffins are adorable.

TeaLady said...

Corny snowflakes. Love it!! And I haven't seen cornbread sticks in ages. I have that pan and never think to use it. Thanks for the reminder. Yours look really tasty!

kim said...

they look so cute in snowflake and corn cob form! great job.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Look at that black iron pan. Awwww, yeah! So glad you liked this one. We're a cornbread family, too.

Peggy said...

I like the snowflakes and the corn sticks! My mom used to make those. I loved these muffins and they would be great with chili or soup!

n.o.e said...

Glad you liked these, and it was nice of your family to play along with you. Both your muffin shapes are great, but the snowflakes are adorable. It's a shame to pack up that pan!
Nancy

Natashya said...

Yours look so cute!
Honestly, how do you get your corn sticks out of the pan? Mine stick like crazy, no matter how much I grease the pans.

1freshstart said...

Ohhh... I love the cornsticks! I am now craving chili.
~Cat

Debinhawaii said...

How cute are those muffins!? I like the cornsticks too of course but the snowflakes are so adorable1

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Your muffins are OUTSTANDING! VERY creative!!! WELL DONE!

Teanna said...

I LOVE That snowflake pan and those muffin bars! Great job!

Flourchild said...

Sorry it's taken me so long to see your TWD muffins! I love the snowflake molds you have. What a great idea. Your muffins look great!

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