Granny’s Cornbread Muffins

Living in the mid-south like we do, we eat a lot of cornbread. I use to buy package mixes all the time until I discovered how easy it is to make from scratch. Hubby and I have different taste’s though, he doesn’t like his as sweet as I like mine. I make cornbread muffins because I can make the batter to his taste and fill up half of a six cup muffin tin then add more sugar to the other half of the batter and finish filling up the pan. This recipe is for a not very sweet cornbread. If you are like me and like it sweet just double the amount of sugar. You can also double the recipe and make a 9″ X 9″ pan of cornbread or a 10″ cast iron skillet of cornbread.

Cornbread Muffins

1 cup cornmeal mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter or stick margarine

Preheat oven to 425 degree’s. Thoroughly spray cups of 6 cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In a medium bowl combine cornmeal mix, sugar and baking soda with a wire whisk until well blended. In a separate bowl combine milk, egg and butter; add to dry mixture and stir just until dry ingredients are blended; let set for a couple of minutes. Ladle into muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Makes 6 muffins


Monkey Rolls

This recipe is one that I’ve used since my children were very small. Now that they are grown, any time we have a special occasion and I ask them if there is any thing specific they would like me to cook, this is what they ask for. It’s super easy and doesn’t take much effort or time but the results are oh so yummy.

Monkey Rolls

24 frozen dough balls (I use Rhodes)
shortening to grease bundt pan (non-stick sprays do not work as well and rolls will stick)
1 stick butter or margarine, melted (tub spreads have too much water and do not work well)

Grease bundt pan thoroughly. Place frozen dough balls in pan in layers. Place pan in warm spot covered with a dish towel and let sit until dough has risen to nearly the top of the pan.

Once dough has risen nearly to the top of the pan, place pan in preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Once rolls are browned to your liking, remove pan from oven and brush melted butter across tops of rolls then pour remaining butter on top of rolls so that it rolls down between the rolls and the inside of the bundt pan.

Place dinner plate on top of bundt pan, invert and shake rolls onto plate. Rolls will tear of in chunks. Lather with your favorite topping and enjoy.

Happy eatin’!

Granny’s Homemade Biscuits

When Hubby and I first got married one of the things that he wanted me to cook for him was homemade biscuits. I had never made biscuits before, as far as I was concerned biscuits were something that you bought at the store in a can. However that just wasn’t the same for Hubby. In fact he told me that he knew how to make biscuits and when I learned how to make biscuits for him then he would make his biscuits for me.

Learning how to make biscuits from scratch was a struggle for me. I used Bisquick and several package mixes but they always came out heavy and hard as rocks. I got really discouraged and gave up, Hubby had to settle for 2nd best with frozen biscuits.

Then in early 2002 I was able to quit work and become a stay at home wife. With the realization that I had way to much time on my hands; I found that I needed to find something to do to occupy not only my hands but my mind too. That’s when I discovered that I really didn’t hate cooking as much as I always had thought I had.

One of the first things that I “tackled” was once again trying to learn how to make biscuits. I had the internet as a resource for finding the perfect recipe. What I discovered was that there wasn’t a perfect recipe, at least not one that was exactly what I was looking for. It did however give me a starting point to refine and define my own recipe. It’s taken me several years of trial and error but I finally came up with what Hubby and my grandchildren think are biscuits as good as any they have ever eaten. Oh, and as for Hubby making me biscuits, he didn’t know how to make them, that was just the ploy he used to goad me into learning how to make them….men, you can’t live with them and you can’t cut them up and use them as fish bait.

This recipe can be doubled but it is really hard to work with when doubled because of the size of the dough ball is really hard to knead; but it does freeze well. I’ve added the directions for freezing at the end of the recipe.

Granny’s Homemade Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup milk

Combine all dry ingredient and blend well with whisk. Cut in butter until resembles coarse bread crumbs. Stir in milk until all comes together to form a dough ball. Turn out dough ball onto a heavily floured surface (I use wax paper). Let set for a couple of minutes and then knead for about a minute and then re-flour surface and pat out to about 1/2″ thick. Cut biscuits with floured biscuit cutter and place into ungreased baking pan. Form remaining dough into ball and repeat until all dough made into biscuits. This recipe will make approximately 12 biscuits. Bake in 425-450 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. This recipe freeze well too. Just place your cut biscuits onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper and place cookie sheet into freeze making sure to keep level. Once frozen remove and place into a freezer bag and place into freezer. When ready to use just follow baking directions and bake only the amount that you need, you do not have to bake all of them at one time.

Happy eatin’!

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