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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pineapple Cornmeal Muffins

I can’t give credit to anyone for this handwritten recipe that has been in my collection for years without any recollection of where or who it came from. This is unfortunate because it is truly a very good muffin recipe.

I don’t make them often and can’t say why but it’s usually while looking for another recipe that I come across it once again. Before long a batch is baking in the oven just to remind myself how good they are.

Cornmeal is usually a staple in my kitchen and used to make a dense corn bread to accompany minestrone or bean soup. It seems the denser I make this bread the more everyone likes it.

These Pineapple Cornmeal Muffins are anything but dense. In fact they are soft, fluffy and wonderfully moist due to the addition of crushed pineapple and a smaller ratio of cornmeal to the amount of flour used.

When baking the muffins for this post and never having done this before, I crowned each muffin with a large juicy piece of fresh pineapple that was initially on its way into a fruit salad.

To think these muffins could taste any better was inconceivable but one bite into that juicy pineapple chunk baked on top cannot be described…only experienced!

Pineapple Cornmeal Muffins

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¼ cup corn meal
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup crushed, undrained pineapple
½ cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
1 egg
pineapple chunks (optional)
  1. Sift flour, corn meal, baking powder, salt and sugar into a medium sized bowl.
  2. In a blender, blend together milk, oil and egg.
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the ingredients from the blender.
  4. Stir in the crushed pineapple only until dry ingredients are moistened.
  5. Place paper liners in muffin pan and spoon batter evenly into cups
  6. Place pineapple chunk on top of each muffin if using
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F. 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.
  8. Yield 8 to 10 muffins.

Notes, Tips and Suggestion
  • These muffins freeze well.
  • When measuring out the dry ingredients measure out an extra batch, and store in a zip lock bag . Only the wet ingredients need to be assembled the next time you bake.
  • Placing the wet ingredients into a blender was not in the original recipe but I usually use this method for my muffin recipes since it does produce a lighter product.
  • Once the dry ingredients are added make sure not to over mix, over mixing will produce a tough textured muffin.


  1. Elizabeth, when you come for dinner YOU can bring dessert and these muffins sound yummy, so get cracking and whip up a batch or two, freeze them so when you come they will be nice and fresh - maybe your MOM can come too and bring the entree, maybe the bacala and potatoes - lol

  2. elizabeth, in search of the sweet things in lifeApril 8, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    Now you're talking... Unfortunately, I do not believe in owning a freezer or fridge as everything needs to be fresh fresh fresh. As such, I could not foresee a time when I would be able to bake these prior to coming over for dinner. But fear not! This will not stop me from attending this otherwise entertaining event, I would just require that others do the cooking/baking and I do the eating/enjoying!

    I love cornmeal. I wonder, do you think this recipe is versatile with other fruit? I'm thinking a banana slices? (And I'm not just saying that because I have 6 over ripe bananas on my counter).

    1. To the rescue...
      Great Banana Muffin recipe coming up next week.
      Tell those bananas to hold on just a little longer!

    2. Into the freezer they go...

      P.S. Do cream puffs freeze by any chance? Just sayin'...

  3. what else can I say but HILARIOUS