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Corn Muffin Madness!

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Corn Muffin Madness!
Damn girl, I would love to break me off a piece of that muffin.

One day at the Central Market, I saw a cornbread muffin filled with ricotta and pesto. It stopped me in my tracks. It was like the other 500 people in the market suddenly disappeared, and there was just me and this muffin. I approached it slowly, trying to figure out if it actually existed, or if I was just hungrily hallucinating. I stared for a long time. I poked it. I whispered sweet nothings into its ear. Around the time we were deciding if we should raise our kids on the East Coast or the West, I was bullied into buying it by the store vendor (I think he saw me drool a little on it). It was incredibly delicious, the bread was light and fluffy and the sweet and creamy ricotta balanced the intense pesto nicely. And then it was gone as quickly as it had appeared. I had nothing to whisper sweet nothings into, nothing to share my hopes and dreams with. So I decided I had to make my own. Australians don?t do cornbread very much, so I couldn?t just grab a mix from the store. I used Alton Brown?s recipe from his book, I?m Just Here For More Food. Instead of ricotta, I had some fresh goat curd from Udder Delights that I really wanted to use.

Corn Muffin Madness!
When two goats love each other very much, they make curd.

The pesto I made from scratch, just a basic pesto recipe of garlic, parmesan, olive oil, pine nuts and basil, blitzed in the food processor until it was smooth.

Corn Muffin Madness!
Hot damn,if only all muffin tops looked this good…

I really wanted to get a nice ratio of filling to bread, and tried my best to push the filling down in the cups of corn bread batter. But as the bread rose, so did the filling. Next time, I may try to layer the bread batter with the filling so I can get some on the top and in the middle. Otherwise you have to strategically eat the muffin, working in the proper ratio of cheese and pesto to bread, and frankly, that gets exhausting.

Corn Muffin Madness!
The innards.

The final product was this delicious breakfast bread that tasted flavorful, but was a bit denser than the muffin I had tried earlier. Most American cornbread is quite dense and crumbly, but the muffin I had eaten was as light as a cupcake. Perhaps I should cut the cornmeal with a bit of cake flour next time? The goats curd provided an interesting contrast for the pesto, but next time, I will definitely try it with some ricotta, as the goats curd was almost a bit too salty. Either way, it was a great idea for a quick breakfast on the run. And much cheaper and less embarrassing than cooing at muffins in the market?in public?where other people can hear me. ~LTG

Corn Muffin Madness!

18 Comments

  1. Anna

    12 Mar ’08

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    Oooh Central Market! You are not the only one captivated by its charms. My heart has never been as open and free for love as when I was walking through CM on my one and only visit to TX. Looove that place. The muffins you made look completely awesome. Was the cornbread a little sweet? What’s goat curd? Is that like cheese curds, but with goat’s milk? I am jealous all over the place over here. You are eating through your dissertation writing way better than I am… although my drinking is not to be rivaled :)

  2. Anna

    12 Mar ’08

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    Oooh Central Market! You are not the only one captivated by its charms. My heart has never been as open and free for love as when I was walking through CM on my one and only visit to TX. Looove that place. The muffins you made look completely awesome. Was the cornbread a little sweet? What’s goat curd? Is that like cheese curds, but with goat’s milk? I am jealous all over the place over here. You are eating through your dissertation writing way better than I am… although my drinking is not to be rivaled :)

  3. leenatrivedi23

    14 Mar ’08

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    Anna~I think we are talking about different Central Markets…mine is in Adelaide, South Australia! But it is good to know that the name can be equated with good food all over the globe!

    The cornbread was not sweet, but only because I didn’t add any sugar. You easily could, though. Goat curd, from my understanding, is a fresh goat cheese that is light and fluffy and spreadable and made by setting goat milk to curd, and then draining the curds before eating. Does that make any sense at all?
    By the way, I wouldn’t even attempt to take away your title of Drink Master Supreme. You earned it, lady.

    Michelle~Thanks for stopping by! I will gladly be your excuse for mass consumption of practically anything. Cornbread is just the first of many steps…Oh, and I really like your blog! I dig a lady that knows her way around a kitchen and curse words!

  4. leenatrivedi23

    14 Mar ’08

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    Anna~I think we are talking about different Central Markets…mine is in Adelaide, South Australia! But it is good to know that the name can be equated with good food all over the globe!

    The cornbread was not sweet, but only because I didn’t add any sugar. You easily could, though. Goat curd, from my understanding, is a fresh goat cheese that is light and fluffy and spreadable and made by setting goat milk to curd, and then draining the curds before eating. Does that make any sense at all?
    By the way, I wouldn’t even attempt to take away your title of Drink Master Supreme. You earned it, lady.

    Michelle~Thanks for stopping by! I will gladly be your excuse for mass consumption of practically anything. Cornbread is just the first of many steps…Oh, and I really like your blog! I dig a lady that knows her way around a kitchen and curse words!

  5. amanda

    14 Mar ’08

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    okay… now i know on these here food blogs everybody says things like “omg that looks soooo good” and “wow, i’m totally drooling over that” and “that looks like the best ever”… but for real, yo! that shizz looks gooooood and could say everything that i quoted above but i’ll save it for another post. jesus leena.(your new title) i’ve not been inspired just by the looks of something in ages! i really really really want to make some corn bread muffins with stuff in them now. and i would love to get my hands on some goat cheese curds!

  6. amanda

    14 Mar ’08

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    okay… now i know on these here food blogs everybody says things like “omg that looks soooo good” and “wow, i’m totally drooling over that” and “that looks like the best ever”… but for real, yo! that shizz looks gooooood and could say everything that i quoted above but i’ll save it for another post. jesus leena.(your new title) i’ve not been inspired just by the looks of something in ages! i really really really want to make some corn bread muffins with stuff in them now. and i would love to get my hands on some goat cheese curds!

  7. leenatrivedi23

    14 Mar ’08

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    Amanda~I’m blushing…as I shove three more corn muffins in my pie hole…

  8. leenatrivedi23

    14 Mar ’08

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    Amanda~I’m blushing…as I shove three more corn muffins in my pie hole…

  9. amanda

    14 Mar ’08

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    now you’re just being a biach! tauting me with your ability to shovel in more of these magnificent beings. ;-)

  10. amanda

    14 Mar ’08

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    now you’re just being a biach! tauting me with your ability to shovel in more of these magnificent beings. ;-)

  11. Maria

    17 Mar ’08

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    These look goood Leena! As cliched as it might sound.. I’d probably like to try the ricotta with some spinach.. I just love that combo. That Adelaide Hills Goats curd looked like something I’d LOVE on some crackers right now! :-)

  12. Maria

    17 Mar ’08

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    These look goood Leena! As cliched as it might sound.. I’d probably like to try the ricotta with some spinach.. I just love that combo. That Adelaide Hills Goats curd looked like something I’d LOVE on some crackers right now! :-)

  13. leenatrivedi23

    25 Mar ’08

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    Amanda~Hey, you do it to me every week with those recipes of yours!

    Anna~No worries. Good luck with your paper!

    Maria~ Do it!!! I highly recommend the ricotta and spinach combo, perhaps making a spinach pesto? I love any excuse to get more garlic in there!

  14. leenatrivedi23

    25 Mar ’08

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    Amanda~Hey, you do it to me every week with those recipes of yours!

    Anna~No worries. Good luck with your paper!

    Maria~ Do it!!! I highly recommend the ricotta and spinach combo, perhaps making a spinach pesto? I love any excuse to get more garlic in there!

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