Thursday, November 3, 2011

Soup's perfect companion: part two

Since so many of you told me you love homemade bread on my post the other day, I thought I would share another of my favorite "soup's companion" recipes with you!

I had never thought of any other type of bread going as well with soup as just plain ol' normal white/wheat bread. But then a couple of years ago at our small group (Bible study group we meet with once a month), we were planning the following meeting's meal and decided to have chili. Someone mentioned bread -- which I jumped on :) -- and someone else mentioned cornbread. Cornbread? With soup/chili? I have a great cornmeal muffin recipe that I got years ago from my mom, so sure! I'll make cornmeal muffins too.

I grew up with cornmeal muffins as a treat. We would take them fresh from the oven, tear them up into smaller pieces in a bowl, and drizzle them with maple syrup. That's my memory of cornmeal muffins!

But now I've come to really enjoy them with soup -- usually chilis or spicy tortilla-type soups -- smothered in butter. Or plain. But then I can also have one with maple syrup for dessert. :)

Without further ado, here is my mom's recipe! The best part? These should all be basic ingredients you have on hand already. Except maybe the cornmeal -- but I keep a small container on hand specially for these muffins and for homemade pizza...

Cornmeal Muffins
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
2 eggs
4 Tb melted butterStir dry ingredients together. Add the rest. Stir quickly until just moistened. Bake in greased muffin tin (or use paper cups) at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until tops have turned golden brown. Makes 12 muffins.

And I love how this recipe only makes a dozen muffins. Just enough to fill one tin. Of course, it can easily be doubled or more to feed a larger crowd.

Do you like cornmeal muffins/cornbread/johnnycake/whatever you might call it?? :)

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  1. Can't wait to try out this new recipe. I’m a new follower from Blog Buddies. Won’t you hop on over and follow me back?

  2. Thanks for stopping by and joining the blog hop! These look delish!

  3. I've recently been trying out lots of breads with our meals! This looks like an awesome recipe =)

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  4. We love cornbread in our house. I just buy the Jiffy mixes (57 cents at Meijer!) and press it in a pan instead of making muffins. (I'm lazy!) We always have it with chili, and with stew. Justin puts a piece of cornbread in the bottom of his bowl, then covers it with stew. I just like it buttered up!

    Odd sidenote: our cat is OBSESSED with cornbread. Anytime we have it, she jumps all over us trying to get it. Weirdo!

  5. I love cornbread! With real butter and honey...mmmm, so good!

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  7. I am a cornbread fanatic we live in Michigan where Jiffy Cornbread mix is like cake to us LOL

  8. Those muffins look soooo yummy!

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  9. Hello! I'm following you from the Whimsical Wednesday blog hop! I'm following you through GFC, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    I hope you have a great rest of your week!

    Much Love,

    P.S. I absolutely love cornbread! I'm going to have to try out this recipe. :)

  10. Thanks for the follows! I'm now following you as well. :)

  11. Thanks for stopping by! :) I live in Michigan as well, near Grand Rapids. I personally have never made the mix, but I know many who have. :)

  12. Thanks for stopping by Blogging Buddy! :)

  13. You can't really beat 57 cents. :) We had a cat when I was little who was obsessed with popcorn...

  14. Thanks for the follow! I'm now following you too!

  15. It really is sooo easy! Thanks for stopping by, I'm following you now too!

  16. This is really great. Thank you for sharing this, and linking up at NOBH. Can't wait for part 3. lol

  17. Hmm part 3... I'll have to think about that one :)

  18. I have been looking for a recipe, but not that hard, on how to make corn muffins. Because I knew there was more than corn meal. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm a new follower from the NOBH.

    Regina, the crazy nuts mom

  19. I love muffin! Good thing you posted the recipe. I will surely do this at home on weekends. I'm pretty sure this is a perfect companion of soup. Thanks for sharing! :)


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