Signs of a successful camping trip: 1) Your cooler returned home emptier than when you departed; 2) You remembered the tent poles; 3) Your fresh mosquito bites can be counted on your fingers, without calling in your toes for back up; 4) Bears kept their paws off your Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins…and everything else.
Remember two weeks ago when I alluded to “exploding jam cornbread muffins,” while simultaneously tempting you with Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread? Say hello to spicy cornbread’s sweet cousin: Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins.
Moist, (secretly) healthy, and loaded with fruity raspberry jam, Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins are both my latest cornbread obsession and a welcome cure for a sore back after a night spent sleeping under the stars.
Over Fourth of July weekend, Ben and I went camping with two dear friends and, while you might be inclined to think it was the boys—motivated by the prospect of open flames and Swiss army knives—who planned the excursion, do not be deceived.
For their part, the boys neglected shaving, used too much lighter fluid, and enjoyed the expansive outdoor facilities whenever nature called. For our part, we ladies found the park, planned a killer menu, and reserved a campsite 25 yards from the “comfort station” (a.k.a. flush toilets). Now that’s girl power.
The Pyros and The Planners
I baked Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins for our good morning camping breakfast, and I could not have been more pleased. Despite a fitful night of sleep (sorry nature, I prefer my tempurpedic) and being relegated to instant coffee, one bite of Raspberry Jam Cornbread Muffins reminded me of everything I love about the outdoors and warm evenings in front of a campfire.
Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins pair the homey comfort of the familiar—the ghost story Dad retells every year; the taste of a perfectly made s’more—with sweet surprise: a bright burst of raspberry jam that’s as delightful and rewarding as catching a shooting star.
Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins are a twist on my mother cornbread batter, a deceptively healthy and easy recipe. Whole wheat pastry flour and applesauce keep the batter light, a touch of butter adds classic flavor, and an explosion of fruity sweet jam on the inside makes these cornbread muffins simply marvelous.
Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins are a smart, tasty way to begin your morning, whether you plan to spend it hiking, lounging, or wrestling a bear. In fact, I suspect that you will be so infatuated with the comforting, sweet taste and tender texture of Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins, you will not be sharing when Mr. Grizzly stops by your campsite.
Unless, of course, Mr. Grizzly asks for a muffin politely—or has impressive teeth/claws/body mass. Then by all means, pass him the plate. We can always bake more Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins tomorrow.
Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal (suggested: medium grind, but do not use coarse)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 1/2 cups skim milk
- 3/4 cup naturally sweetened raspberry jam (seedless if desired)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, whole wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, eggs, applesauce, and melted, cooled butter.
- Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir with a wooden spoon, until they are just blended. Do not over mix. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or lightly grease with cooking spray. Spoon the batter into the paper lines, filling each one just to the top. Bake for 23-25 minutes, until the tops are lightly crisp and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly and remove from pan.
- After the muffins cool, spoon the raspberry preserves into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip or filling tip. Push the tip into the top of the muffin and squeeze 1-2 tablespoons of jam into the center, until you fear it may burst. Repeat for each muffin. Enjoy immediately.
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