Corn Muffins…Fresh From Your Freezer

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Nothing beats a warm muffin just out of the oven, especially when it is paired with a nice bowl of chili or soup. Corn muffins are simple to make and easy to store in the freezer for a day when there is no time for baking. If you enjoy the taste of corn muffins, why not grab a corn muffin fresh from your freezer anytime? First you will need a good make ahead recipe like the one below.

Now or Later Muffins

1 cup of yellow corn meal
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/3 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup of vegetable oil or canola oil
1 cup of milk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place paper liners in a 12 muffin pan--this makes clean up easier (if you do not have paper liners, grease the pan). Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together. Beat the egg in a small bowl and add to dry ingredients. Add oil and milk and stir gently until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about one-half to three fourths full. Place in preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

When the pan cools slightly, carefully remove muffins from pan and place on a wire rack to cool. Once muffins are cool, if paper liners were used, gently remove them from the muffins. Place muffins in large (one gallon) freezer storage bags. Use two bags so muffins will stay in a single layer while freezing. As with any food, make ahead muffins can be kept frozen for months, but it is best to use them sooner for better flavor and quality.

When ready to serve, thaw the muffins at room temperature for at least an hour. Once the muffins thaw they may be eaten at room temperature. If warm muffins are preferred, place them on a baking pan and heat in a 300 degree oven until warm. If you must microwave the muffins, use a low setting since it is easy to overcook them in a microwave oven.

Enjoy these muffins with soup, chili, with a salad or with a drizzle of honey for a quick snack. Once you enjoy these muffins, you will want to keep some on hand.