Perfect recipes are hard to come by these days and often involve rounds of trial and error to weed out the less than perfect recipes.
Once Upon a Chef has the best cornbread muffin recipe I’ve tried thus far. The muffins are moist and full of flavor. Each bite you get some sweetness from the honey, a little texture from the cornmeal, and richness from the butter. I also jazzed up 6 of the muffins by adding a little cheddar. I think they would be good with jalapeño or fire roasted corn!
Next time I bake these, I would like to replace the chicken’s egg and use a flax egg (1 Tbls flax, 3 Tbls water for one egg) and see what happens. You could easily swap dairy butter for non-dairy butter.
Recipe courtesy of Once Upon a Chef
- 3/4 c yellow cornmeal
- 1 1/4 c flour
- 1 Tbls baking powder
- 1/2 c sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tbls honey
- 3/4 c milk (I used almond milk)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- Add-ins like cheddar or jalapeño!
- Mix the dry ingredients, set aside
- Combine the wet ingredients, and pour the wet ingredients into the dry
- Stir until major clumps are gone, if using add-ins, add them in!
- I followed the main recipe and opted out of the muffin liner. Instead, I sprayed the muffin pan with cooking spray
- Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes
Veganizing recipes can be a frustrating and arduous process. When successful attempts come along, it’s cause for a celebration! I came across this recipe today and thought, “mmm.. that looks good, but how can I make it better?”
The answer: Jackfruit. If you don’t know what jackfruit is, I suggest you buy some, preferably canned as it’s easier to work with. As jackfruit becomes more mainstream, you should be able to find it nearby. I just spotted cans of jackfruit at Trader Joe’s last weekend.
You can incorporate jackfruit into most shredded beef/chicken/pork recipes (think: burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, rice bowls, tacos, and sandwiches!)
Within minutes I was sautéing some onion and green pepper. When the veggies were tender, I added them along shredded jackfruit to a slow cooker. The special sauce follows in the recipe below. Together, the ingredients simmered low and slow for several hours.
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1 1/2 Tbls brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/3 c ketchup
- 1 tsp Worcestershire
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 1/2 Tbls apple cider vinegar
- pepper to taste
- 1 can of jackfruit in brine (approximately 10 oz drained)
- Sauté the onion and green pepper in olive oil until tender (5-10 minutes)
- Mix the spices and liquids (water as needed) together to make a sauce
- Drain and rinse the jackfruit and shred the jackfruit with your hands or a fork
- Add the sautéed veggies and jackfruit to you slow cooker*, add BBQ marinade
- Set the slow cooker on low and cook for about 4 hours, then reduce to warm and eat when ready. You will likely want to add water along the way to make sure the jackfruit stays saucy
6. Serve on a bun or over rice and top with your favorite barbecue sauce!
*Don’t have a slow cooker? No worries, follow this recipe and simmer all ingredients on the stove for at least an hour – making sure the veggies are tender and the jackfruit has absorbed some of the sauce.