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Autumn Baking: Cornbread!

I just love, love, love to bake ~ although I don't do it nearly often enough (as my family would heartily agree). There's something about this time of year, though - the cooler autumn weather, the cozy afternoons spent inside - that brings out the baker in me.

Recently, Bill asked me to make a side dish for his office "Chili Cook-Off" today, and I was very happy to do so! I decided to make cornbread and I thought you might like to see how the muffins turned out:

Cornbread_muffins

I found this recipe online; it is supposed to be close to the kind Boston Market serves. We've never eaten there, so I can't be sure. I will say this is a very sweet cornbread so I hope it tastes good with the chili. It did make a very nice breakfast muffin ~ wonderful with a cup of tea!

(Makes 36 muffins ...)

  • 2 (8 1/2 ounce) boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1 (18 ounce) box butter recipe cake mix
  • 5 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter softened

"Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix all the dry ingredients together. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased muffin tins or mini loaf pans. Bake 30 minutes until golden brown on top and a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly until the sides pull away from the pan and serve warm."

Now, I have to confess - though this is an easy recipe, my muffins were almost a disaster! I was too tired last night to bake so I started in on them early this morning. I should have made certain that I had had more than a half-cup of coffee in me before embarking on any kind of project - let alone one involving measurements and hot ovens!

I realized almost too late I had forgotten an important ingredient - the water! This occured to me as I tried to stretch the sticky clunky batter into 24 muffin tins (never mind 36)! By now, Bill was awake, and he generously offered to help me. While he gently scraped the batter back into the bowl, I was able to fold in that forgotten extra liquid.

As we popped the muffins in to bake (30 in all) I crossed my fingers and uttered a small prayer to Saint Elizabeth ... and thankfully, they came out very nice!

In the end, Bill got to serve a fresh batch of cornbread to his co-workers, and I have my baking hat perched firmly back on my head. And you can just bet I've made a note of Saint Elizabeth's feast day next month! ;)

(ETA: The muffins were a hit! In fact, they won the "Unsung Hero" award at the Chili Cook-Off. Bill was so happy he signed me up for December's challenge - the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off!)

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