Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mrs. Burke's Super Cornbread Muffins (Basic Corn Bread)

Happy Mother's Day Everyone! I am collecting recipes that remind us of our mothers. I have posted the recipes for Aviyal and Molagushyam, two of Amma's favorites. Please feel free to send me yours.

This recipe comes from my friend Ellen's mother Virginia Burke of the Mayflower ancestry. Mrs. Burke majored in Home Economics and her specialty was Baking. Ellen fondly remembers her mother serving these warm cornbread muffins with butter and honey as after-school treats.

The only thing that is changed from the original recipe is that we have substituted butter for drippings and I also leave out the egg and instead use 1 Tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup of water or 1 Tbsp ground Flax seeds and water. Serve these muffins or bread with roasted corn chowder, mung dal soup, or your favorite soups.

12 muffins. Nutritional Information: Each muffin contains: 125 Calories; 3 g Protein; 20 g Carbohydrates; 3.7 g Fats; 1.2 g Fiber


1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup unbleached flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp Sugar
1 Egg (1 Tbsp ground Flax seeds + 1/4 cup water)
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
3 Tbsp butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray or oil the muffin tin or a large cast iron skillet.

Sift together first 6 ingredients into mixing bowl.

Combine the next 3 ingredients (egg or substitute, buttermilk, and melted butter) and quickly add to the dry ingredients, stirring just to mix.

Put the batter equally into a muffin tin or the iron skillet.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to see if the muffins/bread are cooked; do not overcook.

Cool for 10 minutes.

Serve hot with butter and honey. Enjoy!


Shobhaa said...


Mrs Burke's recipe does sound like a "Yummy Mummy Muffin". maybe when you visit you can help me make it!...We can title this as the 'Mother's Day Dessert'...

I too spent the day thinking of our Mom and penned the below appended in her memory...

Mother- she is my Universe

I read somewhere that we could name a star after our mother
And I sat and thought for days ..???

I can’t name a single star after mother
Nor a constellation, for that matter…
Yes! she is more like the universe
Encompassing everything within her reach
We can deposit all hurts and worries
And she had the remedies in her magical purse
Only mothers have hearts as deep as an abyss
At the bottom of which we can always find forgiveness
We may be one in ten or the only one
She imparts equal love to each, daughter or son
Even when we think it impossible
She fuels us with her love to make it possible
She puts in her full might to make us touch the sky
If touch the sky but we do certainly take off the ground
She is our teacher of compassion, love & fearlessness
To nurture us and help us grow is her only happiness

And so truly Washington Irving has said that…

“Mother is the truest friend we have
Even when trials, heavy & sudden fall on us
Or adversity takes the place of prosperity
When friend who share our sunshine
Desert us as troubles thicken around us
Only Mother will be around to hold us
And endeavor her kind percepts & counsels
To dissipate the clouds of darkness
And cause peace to return to our hearts”

Even after she reaches her eternal abode
She prefers to be beside us as our guardian angel

So I can’t name a star after mom
‘coz she is more, she is my Universe!

Geetha said...

Hi Shobhi: Beautiful poem; we do cherish all the memories of our beloved Amma! I would love to make these "yummy mummy muffins" when we get together. Until then.........