Today I am going to share my "old family recipe" for the easiest and best corn muffins you will ever have. I spent decades searching and testing (and simultaneously testing different brands of corn meal) to achieve THE perfect corn muffin - it never happened. My muffins always seemed to have a slightly bitter after taste which always annoyed me and extra sugar could not hide.
I don't know how it ever happened and all the purists will now turn their heads and totally ignore my advice, but one day in the past.........................
I stopped in front of the "Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix" in the baking aisle and said "why not"
And why not indeed!!!!! They made the most heavenly corn muffins I have ever tasted (outside a very few restaurants) AND they hold up - they don't crumble when you look at them!
I will have to say, I have taken it a step further and got really spoiled after adding fresh blueberries to the corn muffin mix:
I just never make them anymore unless I can get fresh blueberries. Thankfully in this modern era of fruit transportation, I can usually get fresh blueberries all year 'round.
*******DO NOT USE FROZEN OR CANNED BLUEBERRIES******
This is the part where the purist inside me rears her ugly head: either way - even with the frozen blueberries - even if you wait until the very end and take them out of the freezer quickly, dump them in the batter and start stirring, they will immediately start turning your lovely yellow corn muffin batter an ugly gray/blue shade.
If you can live with that fine - I can't, plus there is a taste difference between using fresh and using any other type of fruit.
The home page and recipes for Jiffy Corn Muffin Mixes is:
They do have some recipes on their page if you want to check them out. I have not used the mix to create cornbread (I am too obsessed with blueberry corn muffins), but the website has several cornbread recipes using their mix for you to try out.
Ready? This is so quick and here is what you need:
Finished amount (and I fill my muffin cups ALL the way to the top for big top muffins) was 21 muffins.
3 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 cup milk
2 to 3 cups fresh blueberries
**I also added about 1/4 cup Oat Bran - not Oat flour nor Oats, but Oat Bran, kind of hard to find these days.
Now each box of Jiffy Mix calls for 1 egg and 1/3 cup milk, so the 3 eggs and 1 cup milk was just tripling the amount for the 3 boxes: I did NOT do my usual tweaking and toss in an extra egg - 3 eggs was just fine.
*Add the 1/4 cup Oat Bran if you like - You could also substitute Ground Flax Seed or Wheat Germ if you wanted a similar boost.
Easy to mix by spoon - no need to have to wash that big old mixer (for those of you who have one and for whom I am green with envy over...........since I WANT my apple green KitchenAid Artisan mixer and it HAS to be apple green in color).
**Adding the blueberries: a normal person would probably add only 2 cups of fresh blueberries: I am not a normal person. I am the type of person who wants more chocolate chips than cookie batter in my chocolate chip cookies and likewise wants more blueberries than muffin batter in my blueberry corn muffins.
So I added 3 cups fresh blueberries - start with 2 cups and then decide for yourself.
I don't think I have ever read a recipe that has said fill the muffin cups to the brim - they always say "fill 2/3 full" - boring........
I like BIG muffins, I have been baking BIG muffins for 30 years and I am not going to stop filling them to the brim now. You will get fewer muffins of course, but your choice: big muffins or little muffins??
Bake at 400 degrees. The Jiffy Box says 15 to 20 minutes which is quite a gap in time (most mix directions don't usually have a 5 minute gap in time). I set my timer to 18 minutes. When I checked - they were just not quite there by a smidgen, so I turned off the heat, re-set the timer for 2 more minutes in the hot oven with the heat off and when the 2 minute timer went off, they were perfectly baked.
I don't need to say (but of course I will anyways) - all ovens vary, so unless you really know your oven, check them early - easier to stick them back in again then have crispy, over-done muffins.
As you can see, my muffins are rather bursting with blueberries..........
So the purists who will only bake from scratch will totally ignore this whole idea of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, but.......if you REALLY want a good corn muffin, skip all the hard work and just buy a few boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix.
*****And a last side note: DO NOT BUY THE IMITATION CHEAP BRANDS: my husband (who actually does all the grocery shopping - a great bargain hunter - and all the cooking - I am the baker - came home quite pleased with himself because he found a BARGAIN brand of corn muffin mix.......It came out TERRIBLE; he then had to listen to my rant (he also had to eat all the inferior muffins) and no other brand of corn muffin mix has ever crossed our door step again....and a side benefit has been that he has NEVER bought a bargain brand of any baking product without actually consulting me first :)