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Cornmeal Cranberry Muffins

Charles E. Walton IV
Yield Makes 16 muffins
Use a spring-loaded ice-cream scoop to portion the batter evenly and neatly. Serve muffins with maple (or other flavored) butter. To serve as hors d'oeuvres, bake in miniature muffin pans; split each one horizontally, spread with honey mustard, and fill with thinly sliced country ham. Prep: 15 minutes, Bake: 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 (8-ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Sift together flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Stir in cornmeal and salt until blended.

  3. Cream together butter and sugar in a separate bowl at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; beat in egg. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture alternately with milk, scraping bowl several times, until well blended. Gently fold in cranberries.

  4. Spoon into greased or lined muffin pans, filling two-thirds full.

  5. Bake at 400° for 20 to 22 minutes until muffins are set and just starting to turn light golden brown.

  6. Cool in pans 2 minutes; turn out, and cool on wire rack for 3 to 5 more minutes. Serve warm.