This recipe for easy cheesy cornmeal muffins pairs perfectly with fish or your favorite soups and stews. These muffins can be frozen then reheated when needed.
Serve warm with butter smeared through the middle.
Makes 12 Muffins
Continue reading for a guide to storing, freezing and reheating muffins, money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Storing, Freezing and Reheating Muffins
Place the cornbread muffins in an airtight container then store in a cool place away from direct sunlight for up to 3 days.
Place the cooled muffins in a single layer in an airtight container. Cover tightly then freeze for up to 6 months. The muffins will be at their best for the first month in the freezer then will gradually lose quality after that time.
Place the frozen muffin uncovered on a plate in the microwave. Heat on high for 40 seconds to 1 minute. Just enough heat will soften and warm the muffin. Too long in the microwave and the muffin will go hard. Cut the muffin in half to check it is heated through then spread butter through the middle.
Gluten and Dairy Free Options
To make these easy cheesy cornmeal muffins gluten free replace the flour with a gluten free flour blend and use gluten free baking powder. Some gluten free flour blends hold together better than others. If you find the muffins are crumbly then use 2 eggs.
To make these dairy free use a dairy free margarine in place of the butter and replace the milk with either lactose free milk, oat milk or water. Some people with lactose intolerance can tolerate hard cheeses such as cheddar otherwise use a dairy free cheese.
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Common baking items such as flour, baking powder, salt and sugar can be purchased in larger packs to save on money. Making bread from scratch doesn’t need to be time consuming. Muffins and biscuits or scones are a quick alternative which costs very little to make.
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