Thankful For Muffins…and a Contest!

I’m also thankful for all the baking inspiration I get. Where does it come from? You, of course! It’s so exciting to read your comments about your own baking adventures.  Keep up the good work, yinz!

Since I was in a gracious spirit, I made these Cornmeal, Pomegranate, and Sage Muffins with Thanksgiving flavors in mind. The cornmeal base is for the steaming dish of yellow corn on our festive tables, the pomegranate (a juicer substitute for cranberries) are for the turkey’s tart sidekick, and the sage is for the stuffing whose fragrance fills the kitchen. And, because some of us over-indulge during the holidays, I made these muffins mini-sized for a more manageable bite!

Cornmeal, Pomegranate, & Sage Muffins
Makes about 36 mini muffins

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of pomegranate arils (seeds)
  • 2 teaspoons of ground sage

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and sage.
3. Beat together oil, egg, and sugar.
4. Make a well in the dry mix and add half of the milk. Stir gently, just until the flour is slightly wet. Then, add half of the wet mix and stir slightly. Repeat until milk and wet mix are both combined with the dry mix. Batter should be lumpy.
5. Fold in pomegranate seeds.
6. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 of the way with batter. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Got a wonderful recipe to share too? Show us phenomenal photos of your culinary delights in our Stir & Tell contest on Facebook! Or, let us know what recipes you like to pull out during Thanksgiving in the comments below!

About Angela

Someday, Angela will be tending to her sheep, llamas and alpacas on the “Yarn Farm” and raising award winning honey bees. Until then, the native Pittsburgher is enjoying all things related to knitting, her cats, Mr. Spock, red lipstick, and creativity. Writing is her first true love.

12 Responses to Thankful For Muffins…and a Contest!

  1. Jenn 11/07/2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Sound delicous! Would it work with using Jiffy corn muffin mix?

    • Angela (ModCloth) 11/07/2011 at 3:00 pm #

      Jenn, totally! I would imagine you could just follow the box’s directions and add in the sage and pomegranates right before pouring the batter into the muffin tin. Quick and easy. (I guess that’s why they call it “Jiffy.”) ;)

  2. Lauren Helen 11/07/2011 at 4:26 pm #

    This sounds SO good. I don’t have a particularly good track record with muffins, but this sounds like it could turn out well!

  3. Missy 11/07/2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Sounds yummy! is the sage dried or fresh?

    • Angela (ModCloth) 11/08/2011 at 11:56 am #

      Missy, I used dried, ground sage. I think that if you use fresh, then you might want to use 1 or 1 1/2 teaspoons. Unless, that is, you like sage a lot!

  4. Lee 11/08/2011 at 7:58 am #

    Oof, I love all three of these major flavors/ingredients, especially pomegranate. Am going to see if I can wrangle any of my kitchen-savy friends into making this.

  5. selenaa934 11/08/2011 at 5:09 pm #

    is there a prize?

    • Julianne 11/09/2011 at 4:45 pm #

      Hey, Selena!

      There is most certainly a prize. One person will win a $75 gift certificate. Just think of the cute kitchen gadgets you could buy! :) JM

  6. krystle 11/09/2011 at 8:01 am #


  7. Madison 11/09/2011 at 2:48 pm #

    About the contest, does the person with the most votes win or do the people at modcloth choose with certain criteria? Thanks.

    Be sure to VOTE for my entry! They’re to die for!! :) Orange Cranberry Magic Muffns

    • Julianne 11/09/2011 at 4:46 pm #

      Hey, Madison,

      We will pick the winner from the top 5 most voted entries. So, go on and promote! JM

  8. Ana 11/10/2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Hi gals, I made a Coral Reef fondant brownie (even Dory and Nemo lol, for all you Disney fans) Please vote for my entrie :) I really want to win because I’m from Mexico and I have trouble ordering stuff because of the paypal stuff and so, so I really want to win this gift certificate.

    Thank you and keep cooking :)

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