Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mom's Cornmeal Muffins

Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

We are dog-sitting a schnauzer right now and boy, is it taking a lot out of us.

Though I am a friend to all creatures* I can't say I'm a big fan of tiny, fluffy dogs. Sure, I like dachshunds fine, I loooove French Bulldogs, and I'm cool with certain westies and poodles, but schnauzers are just not my thing. And this schnauzer is a puppy. Which means that she has no "off" switch. There is a reason why they make puppies (and babies) cute. Because if they weren't cute, no one would want one in their home. Her schnauzery face is everywhere we go, poking into everything, chewing on whatever she finds on the floor (including those shoe laces you were trying to tie up). She crawls under fences, chases the cats, can't figure out how to get down off the bed, and perpetually has a bunch of leaves and twigs stuck in her beard. She is climbing on me right now as I write this, her mile-high schnauzer eyebrows peeking over the top of my computer screen.

Four dogs is too many. Especially if one is a baby schnauzer.

Yesterday the Man of Science entertained the schnauzer while I made these muffins, based on an old recipe of my mothers. Cornmeal is delicious, but a bit heavy, so I'd recommend getting the most finely ground cornmeal you can find. Maybe that's why the recipe sheet calls for two tablespoons of baking powder. Two tablespoons? I always assumed it was a typo and put in two teaspoons instead. Maybe my mom can set us straight in the comments of this post. She and my dad always read the blog but never comment. Lurkers! My own parents!

*except snakes. Though I wish them no ill will.

old recipe

Vegan Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups cornmeal
3/4 cup safflower oil
2 tsp ground flax seeds mixed with 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk "soured" with 1 tsp vinegar
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Makes 18 regular sized muffins.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease muffin cups (I used a 12-muffin tray and a six muffin tray, hence the reappearance of the heart shaped baked goods).

Mix all dry ingredients (including sugar) in a medium sized bowl.

Mix all wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then add dry ingredients, mixing only until just combined. Then fold in blueberries.

Fill muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes.

Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

Some Notes:

-The Man of Science and I saw a bunch of movies this weekend, partially because I left my computer charge cord in Pembroke and needed to find non-internet-based forms of entertainment. We saw Up In The Air and The Informant on Saturday and then went in a whole new direction and watched Galaxy Quest on Sunday night. I liked all the movies quite a lot, though it did occur to me that not one of them would have passed The Bechdel Test.

-The Schnauzer has fallen asleep at my feet. It is schnoring. (I already used that joke once on Twitter, but I like it so much I'm using it again.)

-The new Ted Leo and The Pharmacists album, The Brutalist Bricks, is my favourite thing right now. It is my Album of Spring and my Soundtrack To Driving Around and a bunch of the songs are stuck in my head on a regular basis.


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Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

The hearts are so cute! Can't go wrong with cornmeal.

HayMarket8 said...

awwww....so cute! I love to take non-vegan recipes that I loved as a kid and convert them!

XUP said...

I saw Up In The Air on the plane last weekend. I liked that it didn't have the expected ending.

Anonymous said...

The recipe is correct - 2 tbsp. of baking powder. It comes from my old standby "Muffin Mania" published when you were just 7 years old!


'col said...

Yay, Galaxy Quest!

Also, "schnauzery" is my new favourite adjective.

Anonymous said...

To your mom - I have that same Muffin Mania book, it is covered with batter, but I love it.

Mother of Kat

norma said...

I made these for my team dinner on Friday before our bout Saturday, and they were delicious! I've never had cornbread with blueberries before - great idea.

I made a whole slew of your other recipes too and they all turned out just as tasty. Thanks for keeping us well-fed. :)