25 Jul2012

I have a soft spot for corn muffins. It’s a thing that goes back to college years in the Northeast U.S., where I always struggled to find something to eat for breakfast and my default choice was a corn muffin. They were humongous muffins, with a nice semi-crusty top and moist interior. But there was NEVER enough of the top. I have since heard that several places sell only “muffin tops” but I don’t think I have ever tried them…

…so when I spotted these unusual pans at the my Quiapo suki last week, I had this idea to use them to bake “muffin tops” or perhaps more accurately, “muffin disks”. I asked what the pans were for, and they said they were “hamburger patty” pans… used to form equally sized hamburger patties, and I think I paid PHP300 each for these pans.

Back at home, I quickly whipped up one recipe for corn muffins, using some stone ground corn meal that Sister had sent a while back and which was wallowing in the back of the fridge, and place the dough into these pans and stuck them in the oven. Cooked them only 20-23 minutes and had these wonderful looking disks of what seemed like all muffin tops! They weren’t as dried out and crisp on the edges as I was shooting for, but they were delicious nonetheless!

The size of a large cookie, you could eat these plain. But I had a couple of muffin tops with a nice chunk of butter and some mango jam as well. Great breakfast food. Or great snack at any time of the day. The next day we did “brownie disks” using a brownie recipe and the same pans. They turned out nicely as well. I think we must have finished the whole batch rather quickly, because I realize now I didn’t manage to take even one photo of the brownie disks… :)

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Betchay says:

    What a great pan! Now you can get all that crusty part you want in a corn muffin and brownies. High five for that!

    Jul 25, 2012 | 7:08 am

     
  2. Papa Ethan says:

    MM, may I know what your Quiapo suki is?

    Jul 25, 2012 | 7:16 am

     
  3. linda says:

    Those pans will be nice for individual frittatas! Great find!!!

    Jul 25, 2012 | 7:41 am

     
  4. ami says:

    Just had to chuckle when I thought of what the slang meaning of muffin top is. Hehe. After eating those brownie and corn muffin disks, you’re bound to end up with one. :)

    Jul 25, 2012 | 8:27 am

     
  5. GerryT says:

    Yuummm! My mouth is watering… ty MM for sharing…

    Jul 25, 2012 | 9:17 am

     
  6. Joe-ker says:

    I’ve been searching for those muffin pans please share your source MM

    Jul 25, 2012 | 9:43 am

     
  7. millet says:

    oh, muffin tops result to muffin tops!

    Jul 25, 2012 | 9:55 am

     
  8. scott says:

    Looks absolutely delicious MM, reminds me of a Seinfeld episode about “Muffin Tops”

    Jul 25, 2012 | 10:36 am

     
  9. Cecile says:

    Good morning! Sir, may I know where in Quiapo is your suki located ? pwedeng name na rin ng establishment? :) Maraming salamat po in advance!

    Jul 25, 2012 | 11:09 am

     
  10. risa says:

    I like this! What temperature did you use? Muffins and cupcakes typically bake at the 375-400 C range at shorter times to get that puffed up top. You might get the browned edges then because the edges could be thinner.

    Would love to get these and use them for cookies to get even sized ones–easier to pack and ship!

    Jul 25, 2012 | 12:08 pm

     
  11. besYS says:

    MM, have you tried Panera Bread’s Pumpkin Muffie? ( US restaurant)
    I have those pans – it’s called the “muffie” pans. :-)

    Jul 25, 2012 | 1:48 pm

     
  12. besYS says:

    I just like to call it as “muffie” pans but they are actually Shallow Muffin pans.
    Btw, I have the Silicone Bakeware Madeleine Pans – easy to use + easy release.
    (by kitchenAid)

    Jul 25, 2012 | 2:07 pm

     
  13. Lizzie says:

    I have whoopie pie pans that look just like these. They’re are also great for making home-made hamburger buns.

    Jul 25, 2012 | 2:43 pm

     
  14. Ge says:

    Hi MM! We’re in search for corn meal here in Manila, but to no avail. Do you have an idea where they are available. Thanks.

    Jul 25, 2012 | 3:05 pm

     
  15. Marketman says:

    Ge, Metro Grocery at Market!Market! used to carry cornmeal… the classic U.S. supermarket brand whose name escapes me. But I think they have run out lately. I bought the pans at Sin Kian Heng in Quiapo, across from Excellente Ham and near the Ils de Tul. :)

    Jul 25, 2012 | 4:39 pm

     
  16. MP says:

    MM, I think I know where Excellente ham shop is located but I am not sure I know where (what) Ils de Tul is?

    Yes Scott, Seinfeld’s episode featuring muffin tops was indeed unforgettable..

    Jul 25, 2012 | 6:34 pm

     
  17. josephine says:

    MP, happily standing in for Google translate here: Ils de Tul – ilalim ng tulay.

    Jul 25, 2012 | 6:56 pm

     
  18. millet says:

    MM, off-topic, but related to your school feeding program. in case you haven’t been to this blog yet – this girl created a blog featuring photos of the daily lunch served at the school cafeteria. she has gotten overwhelming responses, and other kids all over the world have shared pictures of their own school lunches. my heart is breaking for our poor schoolchildren.

    Jul 25, 2012 | 7:00 pm

     
  19. Isagarch says:

    There’s a large health food store (healthy options maybe?) at the basement of GB5 that carries the “Bob’s Red Mill” brand – they have 2 or 3 types of corn meal, coarse, medium and fine ground, corn flour, different types of oats like steel cut etc.

    Jul 25, 2012 | 7:00 pm

     
  20. Marketman says:

    MP, hahaha, sorry, yes, Josephine, it is the “Ilalim ny Tulay” in Quiapo. Sin Kian Heng is beside the market. Isagarch, thanks for that. Yes, healthy options is the other place that carries Cornmeal, they have branches in large malls. Bob’s Red Mill is a good brand, and there was another boxed brand that I have used for years for muffins…

    Jul 25, 2012 | 7:31 pm

     
  21. Isagarch says:

    Boxed brand? You mean Jiffy :)

    Jul 25, 2012 | 7:45 pm

     
  22. Avic says:

    Hi MM, can you share your recipe for the corn muffin and brownies? :) I would love to try them. Am planning to go to Quiapo to get some baking pans. Thanks!

    Jul 25, 2012 | 7:59 pm

     
  23. Marketman says:

    Avic, corn muffins super simple, I don’t have my own recipe, I use this simple recipe by Ina Garten, here, as I seem to have misplaced the other basic recipe that Sister gave me a while back… An old post on brownies, here.

    Jul 25, 2012 | 8:13 pm

     
  24. Marketman says:

    Isagarch, hahaha, I wondered there for a while. I googled images and it was “Alber’s” Enriched Yellow Corn Meal, with the large corn cob on the distinctive box that looks so old-fashioned, here. :)

    Jul 25, 2012 | 8:18 pm

     
  25. Isagarch says:

    I’m sure I saw that box at landmark.

    Jul 25, 2012 | 9:53 pm

     
  26. netoy says:

    who would have thought that you can buy this type of pan? your blog has always been a great learning site, MM. a big THANKS for all of these great ideas.

    Jul 25, 2012 | 11:39 pm

     
  27. bakerwannabe says:

    I saw this type of pan in a thrift shop. I asked the ladies what it is for and no one knew. I didn’t buy it. :(

    Jul 25, 2012 | 11:56 pm

     
  28. betty q. says:

    Another use for those pans besides muffin tops…flourless chocolate cake, then when baked, cool, and top or fill it with a chocolate mousse type of filling but more on the stiff side. Shape it into a pyramid, Cover with shards of dark chocolate. These make excellent single serving desserts but maybe share with your love ones!

    However, if you have those empty tuna cans, wash and rinse. I have used those cans to make these flourless chocolate cakes and I am positive they will work as well for those muffin tops.

    Jul 26, 2012 | 12:59 am

     
  29. Mary says:

    Awesome, P loves muffin tops. Muffin top pans in the U.S. are $14.99 each for a pan that makes only 6 muffins at a time. Please bring me a couple of these soon. : )

    Jul 26, 2012 | 3:57 am

     
  30. EbbaBlue says:

    Yes, Ms. Betty, I too use tuna cans for most of my dishes “presentation”.

    I am a “sucker” for kitchen gadgetsl; I will send my hipag to this place to check on what other things they have; thanks MM.

    Jul 26, 2012 | 4:50 am

     
  31. pixienixie says:

    Brownie disks! Too bad you weren’t able to take a picture MM, but just thinking about them makes me want to have dessert right now. :)

    Haven’t tried using corn meal ever, and I don’t know what it tastes like. The farthest I ever got to eating corn that is not on the cob and in a chowder/soup/side dish is corn tortilla chips like Tortillos and Taquitos (and I’m not even sure if those use a good amount of corn). Hehe.

    @millet, may I know the name of the blog you’re referring to? I’m curious. Is it this? –> http://neverseconds.blogspot.co.uk/

    :D

    Jul 26, 2012 | 6:46 am

     
  32. josephine says:

    Pixieniexie and others – go to neverseconds@blogspot.com

    This 9 yr old girl has raised more than 100,000 pounds stirling for school meals in Africa. But for those who don’t know the full story, go right to her first post and read from there. When the local government tried to ban her, her blog went viral as did the donations. The power of the little! Let’s try to start the same millet via blog maybe.

    Will be there to help.

    Jul 26, 2012 | 7:00 am

     
  33. pixienixie says:

    @josephine: a quick search for “school lunches blog” yielded the blog you mentioned, and I looked through it as well as news related to “Veg”‘s efforts. It’s amazing how a little girl can change the system and help a lot of people in the process!

    If you’re serious about starting a blog like it I’d be very happy to help, too. :)

    Jul 26, 2012 | 7:18 am

     
  34. josephine says:

    We’d need MM.

    Jul 26, 2012 | 8:02 am

     
  35. PITS, MANILA says:

    those look great, MM! and i love those pans …

    Jul 26, 2012 | 8:13 am

     
  36. Chris Bautista says:

    Tops or not. I absolutely love corn muffins! Good job MM!

    Jul 26, 2012 | 9:48 am

     
  37. Cecile says:

    I saw that blog too. I think that girl’s school meals are far better than what most of our public school students have (or worse > don’t have)… An aunt who is a public school teacher sometimes spends her own money just so some of her underprivileged students have something to eat…

    Jul 26, 2012 | 10:14 am

     
  38. millet says:

    oh, i’m sorry, forgot to insert the blog’s link. yes, pixienixie, that’s it. impressive, isn’t it?

    but pixienixie and josephine, it breaks my heart to see what kids on the other side of the world are having, while here in the philippines, the kids have nothing like free lunches, not to mention enough chairs, classrooms, books. we need to replicate something like MM’s school feeding program all over the country. of course i understand that not all the lunches are free, but the cafeteria meals are very affordable. i am also struck by the number of healthy choices available in these cafeterias.

    Jul 26, 2012 | 10:14 am

     
  39. Monique says:

    Thanks MM! I’m cooking corn muffin now. Corn muffin and roasted chicken for dinner ;-)

    Jul 26, 2012 | 6:43 pm

     
  40. Sister says:

    Anson Mills cornmeal is available at most US groceries. But the best brand I’ve tried is Cayuga Organics, cornmeal ground from heritage corn.
    Easy Corn bread recipe:
    1 1/4 c. butter melted
    4 large eggs
    1 c. milk
    2 tsp salt
    2 c. cornmeal
    1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
    2 tbsp. baking powder

    Mix butter, eggs, milk together.
    Add dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Pour into greased muffin pans or 13×9 greased rectangular pan.
    Bake in preheated 375F for pan or 400F for muffins.

    You can add 1 c. chopped ham, or 2 tbsp. chopped dill or scallions.
    Serve ASAP
    Even a 10 year old can make this easily.

    Jul 27, 2012 | 2:31 am

     
  41. edee says:

    is cornmeal the same as polenta?

    Jul 27, 2012 | 4:16 am

     
  42. betty q. says:

    Edee…polenta is the name of the finished product using cornmeal.

    Jul 27, 2012 | 5:41 am

     
  43. betty q. says:

    Sister…you’re back! …missed your comments!

    Jul 27, 2012 | 5:43 am

     
  44. edee says:

    thanks bettyq, i’m just not sure if we have cornmeal here in ireland, more used to seeing polenta, can i use it if want to make corn muffin?, thanks again….

    Jul 27, 2012 | 8:17 am

     
  45. Ge says:

    Thanks, will start my search for that corn meal! :)

    Jul 27, 2012 | 12:07 pm

     
  46. denise says:

    I think this post subconsciously led me to getting a membership at S&R yesterday! (that and a need for good Greek yogurt!) I bought a corn bread mix :D now to get those pans!

    Jul 27, 2012 | 7:39 pm

     
  47. Jade186 says:

    Cornmeal is more commonly called “maize meal” in British English. Polenta is Northern Italian in origin and is the finished product, using corn meal (farina di mais) as ingredient.
    But beware:
    farina di mais = corn meal
    amido di mais = corn flour (Brit) = corn starch (US) !

    Jul 27, 2012 | 9:38 pm

     
  48. Jade186 says:

    @edee, I think Sainsbury’s or Tesco has maize meal.

    Jul 27, 2012 | 9:41 pm

     
  49. edee says:

    thanks Jade186, i’ll keep my eyes open for maize meal then….

    Jul 27, 2012 | 10:28 pm

     
  50. Joy says:

    They’re called “muffies”. I’ve tried chocolate chip ones sold at Panera Bread (resto/bakeshop) in the US

    Jul 28, 2012 | 11:05 pm

     
  51. millet says:

    thanks, sister. will try this on the lodge corn pone pans my brother-in-law sent me. am always excited to use it because i has more crisp edges than cornbread baked in a regular pan. i had a different recipe, but this seems easier.

    Jul 29, 2012 | 11:06 am

     
 

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