The Double Blues

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Author Notes: I made these for a colleague when she was turning 50 in August. These blueberry, blue corn meal muffins bring a tangy sweetness to any age. You can order the blue corn meal online if your local store does not carry it.Sagegreen

Serves 12 small cakes or muffins

  • 1 1/4 cups blue corn meal, medium grind
  • 1 1/4 cups organic pastry flour (or gluten free baking mix)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a fork
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (or substitute canola oil)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, optional if you like sweeter
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup fresh Maine blueberries (or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup kernels cut off silver queen or shoepeg corn cobs, or other small kernel interesting corn
  • 3 tablespoons demerara sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in the buttermilk and beaten eggs.
  4. Add the maple syrup, optional brown sugar here, and melted butter.
  5. Gently fold in the corn kernels, blueberries and lemon zest.
  6. Ladle in to 12 muffin or small cake tins lined with parchment paper or sprayed with a vegetable oil.
  7. Spoon a small amount of demerara sugar on top.
  8. Bake about 25 minutes until lightly brown on top.
  9. Serve warm with blueberry conserve or hot pepper jam.

Tags: sweet and savory

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almost 5 years ago lapadia

Love the name...and the story!


almost 5 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. She was not only turning 50, but having to return to work on that day with vacation over.


almost 5 years ago Sagegreen

Btw my friend for whom I made the double blues is a potter who made the green dish in one of my sagebites photo. That small dish takes the theme of a blue jeans pocket, but instead represents sage colored "green" jeans, my namesake.


almost 5 years ago SallyCan

Blue cornmeal adds not only color, but a nice depth of flavor...


almost 5 years ago Sagegreen

Yes, thanks. I just used some with achiote to do another batch of sagebites and they were gone in seconds.