Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins - Tuesdays with Dorie

muffins with jalapeño pepper

For this week's TWD, Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake threw in a little variety and chose Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins. I was a little apprehensive about the jalapeños in the recipe, but A. did a taste test first and let me know that they weren't spicy at all. I thought they were delicious, and definitely a refreshing change from all of the sugary baked goods around here!

[recipe here]

three muffins in a stack

These were very quick and easy to make, one of the reasons muffins will always hold a special place in my heart ;) I decided to use red liners to go with the southwest-kind of feel of these muffins.

muffin pan prepped with liners

The recipe calls for a teaspoon and a half of chili powder, so I used the ancho chile powder left over from my Santorini Sensation cupcakes. It is a smoky and mild (heat-wise) chile powder.

ancho chile powder

These muffins had half cornmeal and half flour, giving them a cornbread-like flavor and texture.

dry ingredients

There were bunch of mix-ins to prepare, including corn, chopped fresh cilantro, jalapeño, and red bell pepper, before adding the wet ingredients to the dry.

chopping cilantro

I am not big on spicy foods, but I figured it probably wouldn't be too bad since we were taking out the seeds and membrane of the jalapeño, which are the parts that have the most capsaicin in them.

whole jalapeño

Yes, I am a total dork and wore gloves while handling the jalapeño. Whatever! I have sensitive skin. ;)

de-seeding jalapeño

Here are all the wet ingredients and mix-ins, ready to be added into the dry ingredients:

wet ingredients and mix-ins

The batter after adding the wet ingredients (buttermilk, melted butter and an egg yolk):

first stage of batter

The whisk in the picture was worthless for stirring the mix-ins in to the batter, so I actually used a spatula.

batter with mix-ins

I used a #16 disher to portion the muffins. There was a bit left over after scooping twelve of them, so I just added a little more to each one.

batter in muffin liners

They baked up nicely, and very quickly, since they were in a 400 degree oven.

fully baked muffins

On another note, as part of my new year's resolution, I have been on a diet for the past week or so. I want to lose what I am affectionately calling my "honeymoon weight", so I've started to cut back. It always helps me to keep a log of everything I eat, so in that spirit, I plugged this recipe into the recipe generator on NutritionData.com to see how many calories there were per muffin. Results:

Calories: 154
Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 5g
Cholesterol: 39mg
Sodium: 334mg
Total Carbohydrate: 17g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 3g

Not bad at all! I enjoyed one of these for breakfast, and it was a great start to the day. Now, tell me — should I start including nutrition facts for all recipes? Let me know if it's something you'd like to see! :)

Also, here are the ingredients, which I've converted to weight measurements (the dry ingredients, anyway).

1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
1 cup (115 g) yellow cornmeal
3 tablespoons (40 g) sugar
1 tablespoon (12 g) baking powder
1½ teaspoon chili powder, or to taste (I used ancho chile powder)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup buttermilk
1 stick (8 tablespoons, 115 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg yolk
¼ cup corn kernels (I used ½ cup of canned, drained and patted dry)
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded, deveined and diced
¼ red bell pepper, seeded, deveined and diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

You can get the full recipe on Rebecca's blog, and don't forget to check out the rest of the TWD bakers' muffins!

muffins on wooden plate


Debra Snider said...

I love the addition of nutrition info - especially when it shows a baked good that isn't over-the-top fattening or sugary.

Mari said...

Great blow-by-blow photos and the red baking cups really work! I'm certainly ready for muffin!

Anonymous said...

The recipe is really good to eat...I have tasted it many a times whenever I went to spain.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Such a fun muffin variety!!

Anonymous said...

Wouwww your blog is so lovely! Love the photo's! They look very yummy!

xxx Bar.

vibi said...

I'm so dissapointed they're already all gone... you're great pics remind me of how amazing they were! Beautiful as usual, Kim!

Sabrina said...

Very nice job! Those look really good! Lovely photos too! I love the red muffin papers!

kimberly salem said...

Thanks everyone! :)
@Debra - so if it turns out to be over-the-top, you think I should omit? :) Maybe I should just say "This is over-the-top, you don't want to know" ;)

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! I love all of your photos and I'm jealous of how lovely your muffins baked up.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you liked them! It isn't often that we get to partake in something savory. They're very pretty.

Unknown said...

Your muffins look fantastic!!!

Cathy said...

I think next week's recipe is "over the top" (I calculated the weight watchers points). I love seeing the nutritional info. - it helps me stop at one pice of cake instead of one piece a day until it's gone! My friend Amanda (Beckett Bakes It) and I have been calculating the WW points and were pleasantly surprised by these muffins, and shocked and horrified by next week's cake! Anyway, your muffins look beautiful! And good for you for wearing gloves while handling the pepper -- safety first, you know. :-) So glad that you enjoyed these!!

Beryl said...

I love that you posted the nutritional info. Most of the time I shudder to think how many calories are in our weekly treats but I am pleasantly surprised! I'm trying to lose my first 2 years of marriage weight!

Amy of Sing For Your Supper said...

They look great! I really loved these muffins!

Kayte said...

Thanks for all the info you supply...very nice to have all that right at my fingertips like this. The red skirts for the muffins were beautiful...when we were little, we used to take the cupcake wrappers, cut a whole in the bottom and use them for Barbie creations...LOL...high fashion...these red ones would be idea! LOL. A long time ago, what can I say...and all I have are boys! My creating fashion days are long over...but fun memories.

Melissa said...

Love those red muffin cups. Yours look fantastic!

ecrunner said...

These pictures look tasty enough to eat! They look so delicious; I love jalapenos so these so perfect!

Megan said...

Oh,my head hurts from all the numbers :)

Seriously, I think it's great that you took the time to figure it all out. And if it helps, even better.

Someday I hope to take pictures as great as yours!

BAKE-EN said...

I love the way the red cupcake liners brought out the red in the muffins. You take the most beautiful food photos!

I don't know how I feel about knowing the nutritional value of things. Sure, it's something I should know, BUT...

Debra Snider said...

Oh, no, I'd like to see the over-the-top info too. That way, at least my decision to eat something shockingly fattening will be an informed decision. :)

pinkstripes said...

Your pictures, as always, are gorgeous. I always like knowing calories b/c I count everything and it's great not having to guesstimate. These muffins aren't bad calorie-wise!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Beautiful muffins and I just love the red wrappers!

chocolatechic said...

I just love your red cup cake liners.

Tammy said...

good to know that there are not too many calories in these! not that I think I will make them again

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

**Just as a heads up: I will not be able to comment on blogs as often now, during this semester, due to work overload (I'm stressed already) - PLEASE know that I'm still loyally reading, but just won't have time to comment. I hope you understand!!

NKP said...

Beautiful photos! I love the colours, especially your red liners.

Katrina said...

Love the red liners, your muffins look great AND would love for you to keep including nutrition info in your posts!

Marthe said...

Amazing pictures!!!

Anonymous said...

awesome pictures as always. the red liners really look nice. it's nice to see the nutrition info on these since they were pretty low cal in the scheme of things. good luck on your weight loss goals! i've been cutting back a lot too... no more starbucks every day, no more hersheys kisses every day.... waaahhh! it's hard but worth it. :) by the way, it's super hard for me to leave a comment on your site... i can never see the word verifications!!!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Actually, even with everything I stirred in mine weren't hot or really that spicy, just packed with flavor. I love the nutritional info AND the weight info. I'm doing more and more of my cooking with the digital scale.

Di said...

I love the red liners! And the great ingredient pictures.

Leslie said...

Your photos are so professional. Food is beautiful, isn't it!

I think your muffins look very tasty!

Anonymous said...

your pictures are lovely. the muffins look delicious! i'm so sad that you included the nutritional info...i made my muffins jumbo, in a six-muffin pan, which means mine had 18 fat grams--EEK! haha :)

we went to greece this summer too, for our four-year wedding anniversary. we didn't hit crete, but we did go to santorini and athens, as well as mykonos. sigh...wishing we were there now. greece was amazing, no?

Linda said...

Kim, you were so smart to wear gloves when handling the jalapeno. I didn't and of course accidentally rubbed my eyes...ouch!!

I love those red liners!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

I love the combo of the red liners against the muffins...beautiful!

Thanks for the nutritional data as well! That's AWESOME!

Great job!

Isadora Herzog said...

Loved the red paper cups!! =)

Anonymous said...

The corn muffins have a reasonably good nutritional profile, until I slather them with butter and honey! Ancho chile is one of my favorites and it works so well with chocolate.

Pamela said...

I love the red cupcake liners, Kim. The muffins look gorgeous wrapped in them. The nutritional stats are great to have! Thanks for sharing. And GOOD LUCK in your efforts. Much success to you. :o)

Rachel said...

i LOVE the red cupcake liners!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to that nutrition calculator! I've been trying to find one forever! And your red cupcake liners are FANTASTIC!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

oh, how cute in the red liners! i, for some reason, always have the urge to rub my eyes after cutting up hot peppers, so you are one smart dork to wear gloves! :)

Shari said...

All the photos at each step are beautiful! Great job pulling together the nutritional information too!

AmyRuth said...

Wow the pop of the vibrant colors in your photos is perfectly matched to the flavorful muffins. Don't you think? I'm not sure I really wanted to know how many grams of fat were ingested with each muffin, ohh my! he he Anywho, It is good NY's information for those of us who are backpedaling from 2008 and the holidays. I have a handful of peoples who are happy if I share the remainder of a TWD recipe. Which also gives me another chance for a critique. Win Win! Love your photos as always.

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