“Eat the rainbow”
This tag line Skittles has used for years to get you to buy their candy. It’s pretty, You should buy it. I get it. I like my food to be colorful. I do not want a bag of just orange carrots, I want them to be orange, red, yellow, white, and purple. I have strawberries seeds to plant in my garden that are yellow and white berries. I have always wanted to try the Pink Lemonade blueberries. Brussels sprouts – I like’em purple. It should be no surprise then when I say I love my corn meal to be blue.
A Go-To Recipe
We all have those stable recipes in our homes. The ones that we make so often we don’t need to consult a recipe anymore. One of those in our family is Honey Cornbread Muffins. The recipe I have been using was created by the Pat and Gina Neeley who use to have a show on the Food Network and you also use to be married, If you ever saw the way they interacted on the show you would be shocked that they got divorced.
My mother loves the corn muffins. She wants me to make them every time she is over for dinner. I once brought them over to a friend’s house. He was very particular about his cornbread and rarely found any he lied. He loved these!
Just because this recipe has turned out so well it doesn’t mean I still don’t mess around with it. I have said this more than once on this blog, but I am not about leaving well enough alone. What could I do to make this recipe even more fun? I turned into crackers for one. Also swapped the yellow corn meal for the more colorful blue.
1. Using the blue corn meal produce a wonderful result. The muffins came out with a nice blue hue to them. I believe the muffins themselves were actually more tender than muffins made with their yellow counterpart. I have used the blue cornmeal twice and both times I was very pleased.
2. You can use paper muffin liners if you like. I don’t as I think it’s just money wasted. If you use a non-stick muffin pan and spray it well enough with oil before hand they should pop right out when you are done. Save the liners for cupcakes.
3. Make sure when you are making the batter to not overmix. Just bring the ingredients together. If it isn’t perfectly smooth don’t worry about it. The lumps will work there way out when cooked. If you overmix this batter you will not get the tender muffin you desire.
Give this recipe a try and play around with your corn meal. There is a whole world out there than goes beyond the cheap yellow stuff.
Blue Cornmeal Honey Muffins
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup blue corn meal
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup pure cane sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup honey
- non-stick cooking spray