Monday, October 15, 2012

Honey Thyme Cornbread Muffins #MuffinMonday

I have been quietly grinching to myself that all the muffins for Muffin Monday have been sweet lately and we all know I don’t eat sweets very much.  Not for dietary reasons, goodness knows, but because I prefer savory.  I’ll take a greasy sausage over a piece of chocolate cake any old day.  But with this week's recipe came the perfect opportunity to bend the muffin my way.  A cornbread muffin!  Which can totally become savory!  But my sister is here in Cairo visiting and when I said, “Yay!  It’s a honey cornbread muffin so I can take out the honey and add cheese or something,” she responded, “But a HONEY muffin!  Why can’t you just make it?”  Because sweet is her thing.  So I made these honey thyme muffins for her.  And she cut them open and drizzled them with EVEN MORE honey.  And declared them good.

Adapted from a recipe from Down Home with the Neelys.

1 cup or 180g cornmeal (white or yellow)
1 cup or 125ml all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 cup or 240ml whole yogurt (I used two small 110g pots of yogurt and topped up my cup with whole milk rather than opening a new container for a couple of tablespoons.)
2 medium eggs
1/2 cup or 115g butter, melted
1/4 cup or 60ml honey – plus more for drizzling, if you really have a sweet tooth

Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C and grease your 12-cup muffin tin or line it with paper liners.

Mix your cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large bowl.   Add in your fresh thyme leaves and stir well.

In a small bowl, whisk together your yogurt, eggs, melted butter and honey.

As always, please allow your helper to clean out the yogurt pots.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Do not over mix.

Divide the batter evenly between your muffin cups.

Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes or until they are a nice golden brown.  Allow to cool briefly and then remove the muffins to a rack.

These are delicious warm, plain or slathered with extra butter and/or honey.



  1. So good to know you're sister enjoyed them too! Adding thyme was a great idea.

    P.S - We do have a couple of savory recipes coming soon. :)

  2. Thanks, Anuradha! The thyme was subtle but added a nice touch. I am looking forward to those savory ones!

  3. This cracked me up. I'm a total northerner about my cornbread, so I approve of your sister. :D

  4. Since I'm not really a 'natural' cook (my mother in law and aunt, for example, can hear the ingredients and imagine how they would taste together-don't have the gift.) I don't immediately 'get' the thyme/honey combo, but I'll take your word for it. I'm a northerner, too, so I always think 'sweet' when I think cornbread. MrL, on the other hand, is happiest when his is full of jalapenos. I actually have a vicious sweet tooth, so it's probably just as well if you stick to savory for a little while for the next few weeks. I'm still doing penance for those caramel macchiato muffins from a month or two ago! ; )

  5. I didn't realize it was a north/south thing! But your comment and the comment above tell me otherwise. My sister will be pleased to hear she is in good company. :)

  6. I am with your husband! Add jalapeƱos or better yet, cheese and jalapeƱos and I am your muffin friend forever. A lot of thyme probably wouldn't have worked but just a teaspoon was lovely. It was a background note to the honey and cornbread. You need to make Sheila's Mexican Cornbread (search this blog) for MrL! It is nothing short of OMG.


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