How To Make: Canned Corn Muffins

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted (as I’ve been adjusting to the new normal that COVID-19 has brought about) and just recently I found out that May 17th was World Baking Day. To celebrate, I wanted to post a historical recipe from a time period where people were also dealing with a pandemic and chaos going on in the world around them – the period between 1917 and 1920. Between WWI, its aftermath, and the Spanish Influenza, I feel like our ancestors living 100 years ago may have been feeling a lot of the same feelings we currently are. Originally, I planned to post this early in the month, but as so many plans have gone during 2020… I’m only now posting this.

Either way, in that search, I found an interesting recipe for something called ‘Canned Corn Muffins‘ in a cookbook from 1918. It’s called ‘Win the War in the Kitchen’ and was a governmental cookbook that gave alternatives to wheat and meat heavy recipes in order for there to be more foodstuffs for the soldiers abroad. If you’re curious, you can find the cookbook here as part of the digital exhibitions available from the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

Original Recipe:

2 cups of flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup canned corn

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl, add water and canned corn gradually and beat well.
Bake in muffin rings.

My Version:

2 cups of flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup canned corn

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. add water and canned corn gradually and beat well.
Bake in muffin tin at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes or until the centers are cooked through.

This recipe was super easy, simple, and delicious. I didn’t have muffin rings (a kitchen tool used to make English muffins and other types of baked goods), but I did have a small muffin tin (which kind of worked) and I tried frying up some of the dough in a pan. Both came out reasonable well.

Ingredients needed for Canned Corn Muffins: Flour, Baking powder, Salt, Water, and Canned Corn
Ingredients needed for Canned Corn Muffins: Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, Water, and Canned Corn
Small sifter hangi from the edge of the mixing bowl so sifted flour goes into the mixing bowl. I used my trusty KitchenAid for simplicity.
Sifting dry ingredients into the bowl

All the ingredients ready to mix
All of the ingredients ready to go!

Final Results

For the sake of trying the recipe out, I figured I’d bake some of the dough and cook some on the stove. The ones straight from the oven, surprisingly, didn’t brown at all. (They had a slight golden color on the bottom where I used cooking spray to keep them from sticking.) In the future, I might try coating them in butter or egg wash to give them some color. That said, the batch from the stove (which I attempted to make in the shape of a ‘pi’ symbol) had a lovely golden brown color and crispy, buttery taste.

Canned Corn Muffins straight out of the oven. Pale on top despite being fully cooked.
Canned Corn Muffins straight from the oven!
Canned Corn Muffins have a darker, crispier crust when they are cooked in a pan. This one is shaped like a grotesque 'pi' symbol because I had a cookie cutter in that shape that I thought would be interesting to try.
Canned Corn Muffin after being cooked (fried? grilled?) on the stove.

Questions? Comments?

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One thought on “How To Make: Canned Corn Muffins

  1. Linda Fielding says:

    Just missing a photo of your taste tester there in Photo 2! How did they taste? Did the kids like them as well as the adults?

    Can you imagine going through a pandemic without all the communication tools we have today to understand what’s going on outside our area? Being able to hear good news regarding treatments or possible vaccines? I think a lot about the polio epidemic, as a parent, facing years of wondering how to protect your family—-especially your kids—-from contracting it.

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