Cheesy Cornbread Muffins

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I’ve been thinking a lot about balance recently. Balance between being in the office and at home – which isn’t always to say work life and home life when you freelance a little alongside the day job – being someone’s mother, someone’s wife, a daughter, a friend and also, although of course it encapsulates all of the above, finding time to be me. As a – relatively – new mum, the days are long, but still there never seems to be enough time to fit in everything I’d like to do. We’re no longer in that shower or eat newborn phase but retest a recipe so it’s solid enough to post on the blog or help our little boy build a tower out of toilet roll? Write up blog post or spend some quality time with my husband? These aren’t the toughest of decisions, but it goes some way to explaining why things have been a little quiet round this space in recent weeks.

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In the interest of saving precious time, I’ve been attempting to feed our whole family as much of the same food as possible. Things like Bolognese, fishcakes, homemade baked beans and risottos are simple enough to portion off. But it’s also nice to have something a little more portable, tasty bites that fit into the lunchtime or snack categories. Frittatas are the key to both my boys’ hearts, falafel is a staple and the broccoli and quinoa bites I’ve been making on regular rotation are so simple and delicious they’ve made it onto the grown up menu too. These cheesy cornbread muffins are in much the same vein: simple, perfect for tiny hands but equally delicious for the whole family.

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins - 4Polenta is one of my favourite ingredients to bake with, adding moisture, texture and that beautiful sunshine colour of corn. These muffins have toddler-friendly nuggets of sweetcorn and cheddar cheese, but do can see them as a pretty blank canvas. A little paprika, chopped chilli and spring onion would be nice, or you could frazz up some bacon bits or chorizo and stir them into the batter. Try adding feta or parmesan instead of the cheddar or omit the cheese completely and add a dash of maple syrup for a sweet treat. I didn’t add any salt to these as I think the cheese imparts enough umami flavour, but if you’re baking for an adult only audience, a generous pinch wouldn’t go amiss here.

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Tender, cheesy muffins studded with sweetcorn kernels. Perfect finger food for babies and delicious for grown ups too.
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Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 150ml milk
  • 140g polenta
  • 65g flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 120g yoghurt
  • 1 large egg
  • steamed kernels from one ear of corn (or use from a tin, providing it’s unsalted)
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 220°C/200 C fan. Grease or line a 12 hole standard muffin tin with disposable liners.
  2. In a saucepan, combine milk and 2 tbsp polenta. Cook over a medium heat, whisking constantly, until it thickens slightly, then transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk the remaining polenta, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl.
  4. Whisk the melted butter and yoghurt into the cooked polenta until combined. At this point, the wet mixture should be cool enough that adding the egg will not scramble it, but if it still seems too hot, let it cool for 5 minutes longer. Whisk in egg until combined. Fold in flour mixture until thoroughly combined and the batter is very thick, then fold in the sweetcorn kernels and cheese. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake until tops are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 15 - 18 minutes. Let muffins cool in muffin tin on wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove muffins from tin and let cool 5 minutes longer. Serve warm while cheese still adds a little ooze.
  6. Will keep in an airtight container for several days.

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3 RESPONSES TO Cheesy Cornbread Muffins

  1. What you wrote really resonated with me. While I don’t have an active toddler to look after, finding time ‘to do it all’ is a constant struggle for me as well. There are only so many hours in the day and knowing when to prioritise what is hard. And when things get busy, working on the blog and related freelance stuff can feel like an indulgence, as it takes time away from being with other people, reading, sleep, you name it. But it is also something that brings me a lot of joy and that is an important creative outlet, so I do try and make time for it. But after struggling to post every week for years, for 2017 I simply decided I would take the pressure off – my current aim is to post twice a month, some months it will be once only, others it will be three times maybe. Something much more achievable in this current phase of my life. And maybe that is the way to look at that – if the phase of life you are currently in leaves less time for the blog, so be it. The blog will still be there next month, next year, but your little boy will only be this little for a short time.

  2. I love reading your posts Kate as I can always relate. I really struggle with the blog/toddler balance and posting a recipe these days feels like such an achievement. Of course I’m always swimming with guilt that it’s at the expense of something or someone else but I know if I get it done then suddenly I have renewed energy for the washing and endless tidying up and can cope with tantrums with a lot more patience.

  3. Girl, I hear you. How in the eff are we supposed to fit it all in? Right now I’m working full time and my husband is on paternity leave, so I feel this immense pressure to leave work by a certain time so I can come home and relieve him. I’m hoping that in August when Niko starts daycare we’ll divide the pickup / drop off schedule and the load will feel a bit more even, but who knows. The whole job + blog + freelance work + marriage + the fastest and most active one-year-old I’ve ever known is a lot to juggle! But these muffins look adorable. I’ve been making Niko little sweet potato, broccoli and cheddar mini muffins, but we just lost a batch of them in our latest freezer disaster. I’ll have to give the corn muffins a go during my freezer restock, I’m sure he’ll adore them!

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