It's okay to be corny, I like corny.
We seem to always have a tonne of cornmeal in our pantry, which is fine by me because I really enjoy the texture it adds to baked goods and it's a nice warming grain to use at this time of year. These muffins are sweet, but the sweetness is subtle enough that they can go either way - serve them with a soup or stew, or a nice smear of jam at breakfast or tea time. (For the record, I'm working out the recipe so there's enough batter for an even dozen muffins, but you get the 2 bonus ones for now!)
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1 cup organic/non-GM cornmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1 1/3 cups "sour" milk (1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar or lemon juice + non-dairy milk)
1/3 cup olive oil or sunflower oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup applesauce or "flax eggs"
2/3 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen - if you don't want kernels, substitute with raisins or dried cranberries)
Preheat oven to 350oF. Prepare 14 muffin cups with liners or a light coating of oil (alternately you could do a tray of 12 muffin cups and a mini loaf pan) and set aside.
Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and soda, salt and cinnamon (if using) in a large bowl. Add the milk, oil, maple syrup and applesauce. Gently mix together just until all the flour has been absorbed. The batter will seem pretty thin, but the cornmeal will absorb a decent amount of liquid as it bakes. Pour into the prepared muffin cups, filling them about a 1/4 inch from the top.
Slide them into the oven and bake for 25 minutes (35-40 minutes for the mini loaf), until the tops are domed and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Store in an airtight container for 3 days, or in the fridge for up to a week.
Makes 14 muffins.
In other news, I'm getting back into a blanket project that I started last year and will be thrilled if I can get it done before I'm 35 (that means I'm giving myself another 6.5 years if I need it). It's the Circle Blanket pattern from The Knit Cafe, only I've adapted it in a few key ways. (If you are a knitter and want my version of the pattern, I'd be happy to post it.)
I thought it would be a good way to get rid of all this old lopi I've had since I first learned to knit eight years ago (and before I learned that there are nicer textures of wool out there), but I've now depleted my stash of all the yarn in colours I'd like to include in this blanket, so I'm left to kicking myself for having not taken advantage of the boxing day yarn sales, and maybe deciding to hold out for Romni's sale in July.
It's both a good and a treacherous project for a goal-oriented knitter like me (it's true, I don't knit for the calming pleasure of the activity, I knit to get it done) because it's not so long between the time I cast on and the time I can stay "I'm done another circle!", however it is not a particularly speedy project, so I won't get do holler the most satisfying "I'm done!" for quite some time. Maybe yearly updates would be most appropriate for this project.
Ryan blurrily captured the moment I realized I'd need to make another 4 times the amount of circles I have now.