Tuesday, March 8, 2011

TWD: Corniest Corn Muffins


Jill of My Next Life chose Corniest Corn Muffins for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.

I was thinking about an old co-worker as I made these. (I'll call him Joe, to protect the innocent.) Joe was Irish, like, from-Ireland Irish, complete with an adorable Irish accent.

Joe had this thing about corn.


And it wasn't "A Good Thing", as Martha would say. It was a bad thing.

Joe despised corn. The mere mention of corn would send him off on a tirade (and this from a normally mild-mannered fellow). According to Joe, during the potato famine period in Irish history, a lot of people were starving, but somehow they got ahold of some corn. According to Joe, corn has no nutritional value, and so it didn't solve the famine problem and people were still starving.

My husband also worked with me at the time and he was witness to at least one lecture on the evils of corn. Nowadays, every so often, one of us will say to the other "remember how Joe used to get so upset when someone mentioned corn?".

I think Joe just might have approved of these muffins, though. They were just barely sweet, hearty muffins, chock full of corn. I haven't made cornbread many times, but when I have it usually turns out crumbly. These muffins weren't crumbly at all. I think these will be the "corn muffins" I turn to if I'm ever in need of a good recipe.

Thanks, Jill, for a great pick. Please check out Jill's site (at the link above) if you'd like to see the recipe, or see Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking From my Home to Yours".

13 comments:

chocolatechic said...

That is so funny that someone would be so upset about a vegetable.

Your muffins look wonderful.

Flourchild said...

I like your shamrock cupcake holders! I am Irish too...but don't have the accent!:0)
Im glad you enjoyed the muffins!

Valerie said...

It's strange how controversial corn can be, it's almost as hot as the coconut issue. :D

Your muffins look perfect, well done!

Jessica said...

Super cute story... and muffins! I'll have to ask my from-Ireland Irish friend if he shares this corn hatred!

Sweet and Savory said...

I love corn. I think, I would love your corn muffin, also. It looks light and airy.

cindy said...

Fun recipe--very corny! Great story, aren't people fun.

Peggy said...

Cute story! Love your muffins.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Great post! Love your muffins and their liners! :)

jill said...

Who knew corn could incite such passion! Since I'm from the Midwest, I'm a corn lover. Couldn't wait every Fall for fresh corn on the cob. Needless to say, I added extra corn kernels to my muffins but it's been interesting to read how many people were put off by the idea! Thanks for baking with me this week.

Tia said...

totally cute story! i know lots of people who don't like corn but not quite tto that extent. lol
Buttercreambarbie

Judy said...

Love the story and the muffins. One of the reasons corn is processed with lye is to increase the nutrition and make it edible, so I can understand Joe's rant.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Wow those are some strong feelings for corn ;) The muffins look delicious!!

Clivia said...

I just came back from driving through the St Paddy's Day parade. I love your cupcake wrappers and the story is funny!