I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Having been born in Louisiana and raised in Florida, I’m happily familiar with Southern comfort foods. Two of my all time favorites are cornbread and just about anything flavored with Butter Pecan. I was raised with sweet cornbread and corn muffins at dinner, lunch or even breakfast. The Butter Pecan was (unfortunately) only with dessert. Today I decided to share a new twist on those two classics with you. Read on to find out how this dessert muffin will have you “flipping” with sweet flavor and satisfying crunch.
I’m sure some of you might be thinking, “Cornmeal… in dessert?” and to that I say ABSOLUTELY. You can make so many things with it – everything from pie crust to cookies. All it takes is the right combination of ingredients and some creativity (or maybe online inspiration).
So what’s the deal with ‘flipping’? Unlike other sweet cornmeal muffin recipes, we’re going to bake the sugary, buttery goodness on the BOTTOm and flip them over to create a mouth watering, candied top. By cooking the sweetness under the batter, you create a beautiful, caramelized crunch that will make you come back for more.
These muffins combine the sweet, buttery crunch of Butter Pecan with the soft, fluffy flavor of fresh cornmeal cake. I keep calling it a dessert, but I won’t tell anyone if you decide to have one for breakfast with your coffee. Delicious!
Butter Pecan Cornmeal Muffins
- 3/4 c milk
- 1 cup P.A.N. White Cornmeal
- 4 oz unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil (or vegetable)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Butter or spray muffin pan
- Melt butter in small pan on medium heat
- Once melted, add brown sugar and stir constantly on medium heat until sugar is melted
- Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix well
- Remove butter/sugar mix from heat
- In a separate bowl whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, white sugar and salt until blended
- Add eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, white sugar and oil
- Stir well until blended
- Spoon small amount of butter/sugar mix into each muffin pan spot
- Next, add thin layer of pecan pieces over butter/sugar mix in muffin pan
- Finally, scoop flour/cornmeal mixture into muffin pan
- Place in oven and bake for 20 – 23 minutes until the edges of the muffins are brown and a toothpick placed into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let sit until they are still warm.
- Place a cookie sheet over your muffin pan and flip upside down to release muffins.
- If you have additional pecan/brown sugar left in your muffin pan, scoop out and lay over tops of muffins.
- Serve Warm
For my recipe I used P.A.N. Cornmeal. It’s pre-cooked using only the best white corn for beautiful presentation and amazing flavor in your favorite dishes. It’s easy to grab a mix and just toss it in a bowl. Trust me, I understand. But, the kitchen should be somewhere that creates adventure and surprises for your family. P.A.N., a company founded and based in Venezuela, offers a great (and easy) way to explore world flavor without even leaving your home. Bring a new taste to the table tonight!
P.A.N. Cornmeal isn’t a new product, just new to American households. It’s the favorite cornmeal of families all over South America thanks to the rich nutrients and versatility that cornmeal offers. Now we can enjoy P.A.N.’s delicious flavor and usefulness as well. Get rid of the boxed mixes and really step back into the kitchen to explore something new for dinner (or lunch, or breakfast…) with P.A.N. New to cornmeal creativity? Visit the P.A.N. Tumblr page for plenty of recipes and ideas to get you started.