Thursday, October 29, 2015

Scary Good Cornmeal Muffins for Halloween Zombies #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: I'm excited about this time of year because it brings my favorite Halloween event in Key West: the zombie bike ride. Last year, John and I and a friend rode in this with 10,000 other zombies--what a blast! I loved it so much that you'll find it's the scene of the murder in KILLER TAKEOUT.

But even the scariest goblins and witches and zombies need something that isn't too sweet before they head out to gather their treats or do their tricks. These muffins are sweet enough to appeal to all ages and go perfectly with a pot of chili or soup.



1 1/4 cups cornmeal
Three-quarter cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons featherweight sodium baking powder
1 teaspoon ENER baking soda substitute ( One half teaspoon if you are using regular baking soda)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Two eggs
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 400. Grease the paper cupcake liners with a little spray on olive oil. (I didn't do this the first time and they stuck to the bottom.)

 Combine all the dry ingredients well in one bowl. Beat the eggs into the yogurt and milk. Add the maple syrup and the kosher salt and mix. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a few strokes. Fold in the butter. Try not to over stir or the muffins will be tough.  

Distribute the batter between the 12 cups. Bake for about 16 minutes until a toothpick poked into a muffin comes out clean. 

Let them rest for three minutes and then remove from the pan and serve quickly with more butter, and honey if desired. 

Serve with chili or other hearty soup and send your trick-or-treaters on their way.

PS I think these would also be very good for breakfast with a cup of blueberries folded into them. It might extend the baking time a minute or two. 

Note: By using the non-sodium baking powder and baking soda, you omit about 1500 mg of sodium in these muffins!

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  1. The muffins look great! (I like the zombie hands coming out of the muffins - it adds a cool touch).

    1. thanks Jen--I knew I had to have those zombie hands when I saw them online. I've been saving them for a year LOL

  2. That is a LOT of sodium! Can I assume that is for the whole recipe?
    Love your makeup. Enjoy the creativity of Key West and keep us up to date.

    1. Yes that's for the whole recipe. Isn't it amazing? I'm the newly converted--let me know if I get annoying:)

  3. Love the makeup!! And I'm with Libby, you remove that amount of sodium for the entire recipe? How clever to have all those new products to help with sodium. I'll get some so I can help out my sweet stepson. I always cook salt-free when he comes over. I spice things up with white pepper, which he loves.

    Best, Daryl

    1. White pepper sounds like a good option--you're so nice to take care of him that way!

  4. I've heard of the walking dead and now the *bike riding* dead! Sounds like a lot of good fun was had. Thanks for sharing with us, Lucy/Roberta, and have a very Happy Halloween!

    ~ Cleo

  5. LOL! Bike riding dead! The muffins look great!

  6. The muffins look really good. But the zombies - not so much. I like zombies and all things ghoulish as much as I like a dirty toilet. Sorry for the harshness, but that's why I no longer like Halloween.