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where fear and passion collide
Debora Dale Alt logo
where fear and passion collide

Who doesn’t like a muffin? Corn, bran, streusel. Yum. But… as was the case on that episode of Seinfeld… doesn’t everyone prefer the muffin TOP?

I make corn muffins a lot. Sometimes I’ll make the same recipe as a loaf of corn bread instead. Either way, it’s a favorite of ours – especially toasted then slathered with fresh fruit preserves. Oh, yeah. Food is definitely the way to this girl’s heart.

You’ve made muffins, too, yes? Or you’ve at least seen muffin pans, right? The standard kind looks like this –

Muffin pan

Ah… but what if your muffin pan looked like this –

Muffin top pan

Hmm? See the difference? 🙂

How would your special desserts look then? Perhaps like this –

Muffin Tops!

Yup. Muffin tops. Crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. The perfect balance. The perfect excuse to bake. Again.

Be it standard muffins, loaf or muffin tops, this is the recipe I always use (just cut the time to 15 minutes if you’re making only muffin tops):


1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup corn meal

1/3 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

dash salt

1 cup milk (any is good – I use 1%)

1/3 cup olive oil

1 large beaten egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Grease pan/s. Mix all dry ingredients together then gently stir in milk, oil and egg. DO NOT WHIP or overbeat. Pour into prepared pan/s and bake 25 minutes (15 for muffin top pans) or until golden.

Happy noshing!