Monday, September 23, 2013

Blueberry Cornbread Mini-Muffins (Pioneer Woman)

We like...

mini things...


These are all the nice things in this Pioneer Woman's Blueberry Cornbread Mini-Muffins recipe, so why aren't we baking these? Why not? No reason, of course!

The only thing that we didn't like is the use of shortening in this recipe and so I have replaced it with butter. After baking these, I think Ree is very clever creating this recipe by deconstructing a typical corn bread into bite-size muffins. These country-style muffins can be super-addictive and fun to eat. Within a minute, my son and I each can eat four of these...

Besides using dried blueberries, we have baked a batch of these muffins with dried cranberries and all are delicious. If you like dried fruits like us, you might like this idea of eating dried fruits being a major component of these muffins as these not-too-sweet muffins are great to contrast, compliment and highlight the natural sweetness of added dried fruits.

Typically, most corn breads require substantial amount of added fat to keep them moist and fresh but each of these mini corn muffins contains 1.6g of added butter and less than 1g of added sugar. I reckon that it must be the high content of dried fruits in these muffins that helps to keep the muffins moist and delicious. Ree recommended eating these with vanilla butter and we prefer to eat these just on their own.

So why aren't you baking these?... LOL!

Lots of cornbread mini-muffins
My son said that mixing these is easy!
Can't be easier than this?
Only 12 minutes to bake...
Munch! ... yummy blueberries!
My son loves these dried cranberries ones more...
Here's the recipe from Pioneer Woman
(with my modification and notes in blue)

1 cup (160g) yellow corn meal
1/2 cup (75g) all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder

2 tbsp sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp baking soda

(I didn't add this)
1 egg
1/4 cup shortening, melted
(replaced with 60g melted butter)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8 ounces dried blueberries

(I made 29 muffins with 200g dried blueberries and used 40g of dried cranberries to make 8 muffins)

Preheat oven to 400°F (or 180°C fan forced). Combine corn meal, flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, milk, egg, and baking soda ( I didn't add this). Stir to combine. Add melted shortening (or butter), stirring constantly. Add vanilla extract, then stir in dried blueberries (you can use a little more or a little fewer if you'd like.) (I took out about 1/4 of batter before adding dried blueberries and add dried cranberries into it)

Pour into a greased mini-muffin pan, trying to make sure blueberries (and cranberries) stay evenly distributed. Bake for 10 mins or so, or until golden brown. I bake mine for 12 mins.

We prefer to eat these muffins on their own and omit the vanilla butter. Please refer to the original recipe for details of making Ree's vanilla butter.

Happy Baking
Please support me and like me at Facebook...


  1. Yes, why am I waiting for? I have all the ingredients. Definitely no shortening for me too.

  2. So full of berry-goodness in one bite!

  3. I love these dried cranberries and it makes your muffin tastier !

  4. Ahh, one of my fav muffins.. Love them a lot. As usual it looks so tempting & perfect !

  5. Like the colour of these cornmeal muffins and not forgetting the blueberries.... Yum!

  6. Zoe, I've never tried corn meal before but this sounds so easy and delicious. Will give this a try :)

  7. These sound delicious. Great combo. What cornmeal do you use? Polenta or semolina (or something else?)

    1. Hi Fern,

      I have used polenta. Semolina is not made of corn :D


  8. Hi Zoe,
    The muffins looks so moist! I am with your son, I would prefer the dried cranberries over the dried blueberries. Though I would not refuse the ones with the blueberries too! Haha!

  9. Wish I can have some of your cornbread. Missed home baking so much. Hopefully, I'll be able to come back soon. Have a lovely evening.
    Blessings, Kristy

  10. Berry yummy muffins, Zoe. I'd love to try them with cranberries. Thanks for sharing...

  11. By golly, looks amazingly easy. Berry-berry good! ^.^

  12. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comSeptember 24, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Zoe, so tempting and yummy. May I have one pls?

  13. Hi Zoe , why wait , no I heading to the kitchen they look so yummy good , thanks for sharing :).

  14. I've never thought to add fruit to corn, but it sounds so delicious!

  15. Hi Zoe! The Mini muffins look very cute! I'm sure the happy kids must be very happy! :D

  16. i do find using corn meal brings a lovely flavour to cakes, i believe that these cornbread muffins are just as tasty as well . I hv seen dried blueberries here, even though it's rare but those dried blueberries that you used are quite big compared to the ones that i hv seen .:)

  17. These muffins look delicious. I have all the ingredients too except corn meal. Will give it a try when my kitchen Reno is done.

  18. your muffin looks very nice and yummy.

  19. I love this simple and delicious dish, definitely comfort food for me.

  20. These look perfect for the children's lunch boxes. I just have to find dried blueberries now.

  21. Mini-muffins are always a fun treat! I like the combination of blueberries + cornmeal.

  22. Zoe, your muffins look unbelievably tasty! What do you do with all the bakeries? Does your family eat them all? I wanna be your neighbour!

  23. first time seeing dried blue berries, love the combination of cornmeal instead of regular muffins :)

  24. These little blueberry muffins look so cute...
    Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful week Zoe :D

  25. Cornmeal in muffins is my favourite, delicious :D


  26. Zoe, I love cornmeal, and of course cornmeal muffins...especially. These little gems with the blueberries are so inviting, and super yummy. I do want to make this real soon, since I always have both cornmeal, and fresh blueberries on hand. We have fresh blueberries, all year round, and quite affordable! xo

  27. Zoe, your muffins look so cute! That reminds me, I haven't baked muffins in a while!

  28. I love all the things you've listed as well :D I haven't tried this combo before but these minis sure look yummy !