Gluten-Free Corn Muffins

There's a secret to creating moist, tender gluten-free corn muffins: pre-soaking the cornmeal and gluten-free flour blend to soften them up before using. The difference between dry and "wet" meal/flour is dramatic: a moist, tender muffin with the tiniest hint of sweetness.

These muffins will freeze pretty well, so you can make a batch and take out what you need as you need it. To give these tasty morsels even more pizzazz, try adding some cheese or corn kernels; or go for the sweet side of things, and add some grated lemon zest and a cup of fresh blueberries.

Our thanks to Susan Reid, editor of our Baking Sheet newsletter, in which this recipe first appeared.

Prep
10 mins
Bake
22 to 24 mins
Total
2 hrs 32 mins
Yield
12 muffins
Gluten-Free Corn Muffins

Instructions

  1. Combine the gluten-free flour and cornmeal in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Pour the buttermilk or cream into the bowl, and stir to evenly moisten the flours. Cover and let sit for 2 to 3 hours, or in the refrigerator overnight.

  3. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease the wells of a 12-cup muffin tin, or line with papers and grease the insides of the papers.

  4. Add the butter, honey, egg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the moistened flours and beat at high speed for 1 to 2 minutes. This isn't like a wheat-flour muffin, where you have to worry about them getting tough: the beating helps to develop the structure of these muffins.

  5. Scoop the batter into the wells of the prepared pan, and bake the muffins for 22 to 24 minutes, until they appear set; a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins in the middle of the pan should come out clean.

  6. Remove the muffins from the oven and put the pan on a rack; transfer the muffins from the pan to a cooling rack after 5 minutes, so they don't steam. Serve warm.