Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cornmeal Pecan Muffins

Friends, I'm heading to the great state of New York for the remainder of the week. We're attending a family wedding, and since Adam will be rocking the Groomsman role, we need to arrive a few days early for the pre-wedding festivities (read: fellowship + beverage of choice).

Sadly, I won't be cooking or baking again until Sunday. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with Adam's family though, as well as embarking on a scavenger find vegetarian food in Buffalo, NY.

(While Buffalo is famous for many food specialties--super hot wings, jumbo pizzas, and softball-sized meatballs--I've heard that vege-head food is not exactly a city favorite.)

I plan on taking the city by storm. Painting it red. And spreading vegetarian love over it like a spoonful of hummus.

Until my return, I'll leave you with a fantastic recipe for Cornmeal Pecan Muffins. I adapted
Monet's recipe, and absolutely loved them. How much did I love them? My intention was to bake the whole batch for my sister and her boyfriend. In reality, I ended up plating half for my sister...and half for the Hungry Spoon kitchen.

One more thing: Many thanks to
Lisa and Cynthia for tagging me with the Stylish Blog Award. I'm honored to be mentioned by both of these snazzy ladies! In keeping the with Stylish Blog tradition, I'd like to call out the following stylish food blogs I love:

All Kinds of Hungry
Anecdotes and Apple Cores
Baking Serendipity
Beth's Journey to Thin
Gingerbread Bagels
Girl Paraphernalia
I Heart Vegetables
Keep n' the Faith
Peas and Crayons

Cornmeal Pecan Muffins
(adapted from
Monet's recipe at Anecdotes and Apple Cores)

If heaven took the form of a corn muffin, this would be it. You can use sour cream in place of the yogurt if you'd like...and please don't forget to toast the pecans! It adds an un-beatable flavor.

  • 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 - 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup chopped, toasted pecans
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners (or coat with cooking spray).

2) In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal , baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well-combined. Stir in the butter, yogurt, and milk and gently stir until thoroughly combined. Fold in toasted pecans.

3) Spoon batter into muffin cups (mine made 12 muffins, plus 3 extra muffins). Bake for 17 - 19 minutes, or until top is lightly browned. Serve warm with butter. And be sure to give at least half to your sister :)


  1. Yum!! You are the baking queen! Thanks for the award :)

  2. That's such an interesting combination - cornmeal and pecans. I like where this is going.

    Good luck in NY! And have fun, lady! Maybe they'll have the best veggie buffalo wings you've ever tried?

  3. Have fun in NY! Those muffins look yummy- I saw them when Monet made them and thought they looked good. I will definitely try them, especially since they are now endorsed! :)

  4. Corn meal is so under appreciated. I have not had anything with cornmeal in quite a long time, and I LOVE corn muffins.... LOVE them, these really do look superb.

  5. I've only been through Buffalo NY once on a train headed to Boston, so I didn't get to see much of anything. I'll be anxious to hear about your trip and all you do! Safe travels!!

  6. I love corn muffins but have never seen them with pecans (which I also love). This looks like a great recipe to try. Thanks! Enjoy your trip.

  7. Oh yum! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the recipe. It was an honor to be mentioned on our blog! You are such a sweetheart, and I wish we could have shared a batch together :-) Have a safe and wonderful trip. I can't wait to hear about it!

  8. I love cornbread muffins! I've added things like chiles and cheese, but pecans sound like a great idea. Hope you have a fun trip! It seems like there's usually something veggie-friendly at every restaurant even if it's just a baked potato and garden salad, so hopefully you'll be ok. :)

  9. How do you have an amazing recipe every single day?? They always make my mouth water. :)

  10. I live in rochester ny....I know there are a few vegan restaurants in buffalo! Or at least restaurants that have some good options...
    Maybe try Organic Cafe?

  11. have fun on NY.
    love your cornbread muffins. they look delicious.