Monday, July 27, 2020

Scotch Bonnet Cornbread Muffins - #MuffinMonday

One of two things happens to me each month. I either bake really early for Muffin Monday, think I have all the time in the world and then suddenly it's hours before the post is due and I have not written it yet. Or I think I have all the time in the world and suddenly it's Sunday and my muffin needs to be tested ASAP. Either way, the end of the month comes too quickly. 

This month I baked early and now I'm up late writing. I have work this week. 4 days of teaching face to face and I don't know if my anxiety is ready for this. Jamaica's numbers are relatively low and all our recent cases have been from tourists and returning residents. But that does not make me feel safe. Most of our cases are asymptomatic so one can never tell if the person next to you is ill. Oh, and there's the tiny matter of a huge backlog in testing. Tiny matter. 

Anyhoo, muffins.  This is another batch made for family that I did not taste. I tried psyching myself up - "Just a tiny taste! Cornmeal will not kill you!" But I couldn't get over the mental hurdle. 

My reviewers said this is best eaten with something. You might end up with extra spicy bite and having something else on your plate can soothe that a bit. I'll have to make myself some scotch bonnet muffins without the cornmeal soon because I felt left out. 

As always, scroll down to see what the other Muffin Monday bakers made for you today..

Scotch Bonnet Cornbread Muffins
Yield 12


1 1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1 scotch bonnet, minced
2 cups Martha White Buttermilk White Cornmeal Mix


Preheat oven to 450 F. Line a muffin tin with muffin wrappers.

Whisk egg, oil and milk. Stir in the scotch bonnet and the cornbread mix until smooth. 

Divide among muffin wells. Bake 10- 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. 

I used the entire pepper - seeds and all. You could leave the seeds out or use half the pepper but I think this is a go spicy or go home kinda muffin. Plus, the pepper does mellow a bit during baking.

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  1. Oh yeah, I like the hot stuff! These are right up my alley!

  2. You've got some mighty big bits of scotch bonnet in there, Kelly! My husband and I would love them - cornmeal and all! - but I could see them being too hot for some members of the family. More for us then, right?

    1. P.S. I am sorry you are back to face-to-face teaching already. Are you able to keep a decent distance away from each other? I am anxious for you!

    2. I was at a safe distance today but my trainees refused to keep their masks on at all times. On Wednesday, the room will be a little more crowded. My trainees are all adults (Some training for health professions), you would think they would be more likely to stay away from people and wear masks but nope.

  3. Sending positive thoughts - everything feels so uncertain and a little scary right now with face to face anything. Your muffins look amazing - if terrifying to me because I cannot do the hot peppers!! Sounds perfect for the non-spice wimps in my life!

  4. Stay safe Kelly, I understand your trepidation. I like heat but scotch bonnets are a little too fiery for me.

  5. Been there! I've baked ahead and then surprise! I need to write up my post for the next day!

  6. I like this savory version of muffin, but scotch bonnet is firery but goes well with corn bread though. Need to try it.