Fiery Corn and Pepper Muffins with Jalapeno Jam-Tuesdays with Dorie

Happy to see a savory recipe this week, I was more excited that it featured cornmeal. In my years of baking, I have made more cornbread than any other bread,adding a little cornmeal to my pizza dough and even sneaking some in a green chile and cheese baguette for a more rustic texture. Somewhere there’s a definite cornmeal gene in my family. Stone ground cornmeal is a preference which I buy from Old Mill of Guildford.As a Southerner, I never make my cornbread with sugar, but with these muffins, I caved in somewhat and added just a tablespoon. Instead of the plain chile powder, I used chipotle chile powder which added some more heat and a smokiness to the muffins. With loads of color and Southwestern flavors, this muffin is a great complement not only as a traditional accompaniment to a bowl of chile or soup, but it shines as a breakfast item with butter and jam. I’ve made this jalapeno jam a number of times. It’s good as a glaze for grilled chicken and pork. Jalapeno Preserves3 medium red bell peppers, seeded and chopped6 red or green jalapenos, minced4 cups sugar1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar3/4 cup liquid pectinIn a large, heavy saucepan over high heat, combine peppers, sugar and red wine vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Watch carefully and don’t let mixture boil over.Turn off heat and add pectin. Bring back to a rolling boil. Pour into sterilized jars and seal according to manufacturer’s instructions. May also be refrigerated covered in a non-reactive bowl or other vessel for 6 months.Makes 6 cups.Thanks to Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake for choosing this week’s TWD recipe. You can find the recipe on her blog.


  1. Teanna
    January 13, 2009 / 3:18 pm

    Jalapeno preserves?! I am definitely going to have to try that! That looks fantastic!

  2. chocolatechic
    January 13, 2009 / 3:22 pm

    Jalapeno jam…how wonderful.

  3. TeaLady
    January 13, 2009 / 4:51 pm

    OH!! I bet they were ‘warm’. They look delicious.

  4. Leslie
    January 13, 2009 / 6:13 pm

    I bet these were awesome with your jalapeno jam! I’m drooling just thinking about it!

  5. Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer
    January 13, 2009 / 8:43 pm

    WOW….that sounds FANTASTIC! Great job on the muffins!

  6. Banjo
    January 13, 2009 / 8:51 pm

    They look lovely! Great job 🙂

  7. Tammy
    January 13, 2009 / 9:52 pm

    wow, those preserves look like the perfect accompaniment!

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