From Scratch Corn Bread Muffins

Making a dozen corn bread muffins is so simple. The ingredients for Corn Bread Muffins are basic pantry items such as flour, baking powder and salt. The first time making these, a few years ago, I equally excited and shocked at how they tasted. The Corn Bread Muffins reminded me of a famous restaurant in our local area when I was a kid, Kenny Rogers Roasters. It has since closed, like two decades ago, but their muffins remind me of these that I just baked.
Truly I believe that making food from scratch is the best way to go. Maybe it is because I add my special ingredient, “love”, to everything I make. I am certain that helps. Maybe it is because from scratch foods are fresher and I am a little biased towards meals when I know every ingredient. With having so many food allergies and sensitivities, I can no longer buy packaged foods. To be honest, it is not much of a loss. Except for chocolate. I really miss chocolate. Now, to eat chocolate, I have to read the Nutrition Facts to see if it contains “tree nuts”, which to be frank, takes the joy out of eating a candy bar.

fully cooked corn bread muffins on white plate

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A few tools to use

I love using old and vintage kitchen items. My most cherished kitchen item is my KitchenAid mixer from a good friend Laura who had only used it twice. She knew I loved to cook and bake. As a result, I use this baby daily!

white vintage KitchenAid mixer on countertop

Additionally, this muffin tin used to be my mom’s. They recently moved and it “didn’t make the cut”. I used to be such a sucker for my silicone muffin tray, but when we moved a year ago it was ripped in the packing and unpacking process. I am so glad to have these awesome items on hand so when I want to make yummy muffins! This recipe can also be made into an 8-inch pan or a loaf pan. Just make sure to cook it for 20-23 minutes.

ingredients on counter for corn bread muffins

How to keep cost low

I buy a large container of corn meal and transfer it into an airtight container, so it does not go bad. As I cook and bake from scratch daily, I use up raw ingredients quicker. It is way cheaper to buy raw ingredients such as flour, sugar, salt, corn meal, oats, baking powder, and spices in a bulk or larger size. If you store them properly, they will last in your pantry longer and you can make scratch meals instead of using processed or pre-packaged foods.
Making sure these muffins make it to the dinner table is no easy task! I have 4 littles and a husband who LOVE to sneak into the kitchen and help with taste testing. And by taste testing, I mean sneaking food. And by sneaking food I mean literally stealing food before dinner. Sometimes they burn their mouths, and momma has to have empathy for their little bodies to wait until dinner. Sometimes I even let the littles taste test with me, as I slather butter and pour on the honey onto these warm from the oven muffins.

Elliana in kitchen helping me make corn bread muffins

Today little miss Elliana grabbed her stool and then helped me in the kitchen. She wanted to watch momma cook. Isn’t she the cutest!! She is super cute, and super loud. Lately she has been screaming with such a pitch and decibel that I want to run away holding my ears and crying. She is loud y’all. Real loud. I pray for her future husband, who will have to listen to this shrill lady! At least she is cute.

Recipe for Corn Bread Muffins

Ingredients

1 Cup Aunt Jemima Enriched Yellow Corn Meal
1 Cup Flour
2-4 Tbsp Sugar
4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Milk
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Oil

Directions for Corn Bread Muffins

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Then in the bowl of your KitchenAid mixer, or a large bowl, pour 1 cup corn meal.

add one cup corn meal to bowl of KitchenAid mixer for corn bread muffins

3. Then dd 1 cup flour to the bowl with the corn meal.

add one cup flour to bowl of KitchenAid mixer

4. Measure out 2-4 Tablespoons sugar and then add it to the bowl with the rest of the dry ingredients.

add two-to-four tablespoons sugar to dry ingredients in bowl

5. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the bowl.

add half teaspoon salt to cornbread muffin dry ingredients in bowl

6. Add 4 teaspoons baking powder to the bowl and then turn your mixer on low to combine all ingredients.

add four teaspoon baking powder to corn bread muffin dry ingredients

7. Measure and pour 1 cup milk into the dry ingredients and then mix to combine.

add milk to bowl of KitchenAid mixer for Corn bread muffins

8. Add the egg and then mix to combine.

add egg to bowl of Kitchen aid mixer

9. Measure 1/4 cup oil and add to the mixture, stir to combine on slow so the oil does not splatter.

add oil to corn bread muffin mixture


10. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray, then using an ice cream scoop measure one scoop full for each. This is the easiest way I have found to make each corn bread muffin to be the same size.

ice cream scoop next to corn bread muffin tin on countertop

11. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

corn bread muffin batter in tin before baking

Remove the Corn Bread Muffins from the oven and let them rest in the muffin tin for 2-3 minutes before removing as they can be very hot. Enjoy!
~Monica

corn bread muffins baked in muffin tin

Recipe for Corn Bread Muffins

Ingredients

1 Cup Aunt Jemima Enriched Yellow Corn Meal
1 Cup Flour
2-4 Tbsp Sugar
1 egg
4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Oil

Corn Bread Muffins Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In the bowl of your mixer, or a large bowl, pour 1 cup corn meal.
3. Then add 1 cup flour to the bowl.
4. Measure out 2-4 Tablespoons sugar and then add it to the bowl.
5. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the bowl.
6. Then add 4 teaspoons baking powder to the bowl and turn your mixer on low to combine all ingredients.
7. Measure and pour 1 cup milk into the dry ingredients and then mix to combine.
8. Add the egg and then mix to combine.
9. Measure 1/4 cup oil and then add to the mixture, stir to combine.
10. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray, then using an ice cream scoop measure one scoop full for each.
11. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

A few of my favorite things

A KitchenAid mixer is standard for any baker or cook. These tools help mix and blend, and also have attachments for shredding and pasta. If you are curious, click the link below to learn more about KitchenAid mixers.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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