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Maple and Date Upside Down Cornbread Muffins

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DSC01948 It seems only fitting that I post one more maple syrup recipe as maple syrup is what is happening at our place. There is still snow in the ground and while a few green edibles are just barely visible, there is nothing but sap for us to harvest. DSC01946 Besides enjoying our own syrup, I had a chance to try some butternut syrup – a much appreciated gift from a sister. Made the same way as maple syrup, it takes four times as much sap, but if you have butternut trees I would say it is well worth the effort, especially since it is not available at the supermarkets. It has a buttery, fudge-like flavour and on pancakes or waffles is second only to maple syrup.

For Angie’s 63rd Fiesta Friday, which I am pleased to be co-hosting this week with Julianna at Foodie on Board, I made gluten-free cornmeal muffins with a buttery, maple date sauce. I hope you will drop in and see what Angie’s other guests have prepared. If you have a recipe you’d like to share, just follow the guidelines – so easy!

Since most cornbreads are served with butter, I made these with a generous amount of butter in them. That and the sticky sweetness from the dates and the syrup means they are good just on their own.

Maple and Date Upside Down Cornbread Muffins

Ingredients 2 cups cornmeal 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 eggs, beaten 2 cups milk 3 Tbsp melted butter 1/2 cup butter plus 3 Tbsp 1/2 cup maple syrup plus 3 Tbsp 9 medjool dates

Method MixΒ the cornmeal, baking powder and salt in one bowl and in another the eggs, milk and melted butter. Combine the two mixtures well and allow to stand for about 10 minutes. Divide the butter into 18 pieces, one for each muffin, and place in muffin tins. Do the same with the syrup. Pit the dates and cut them in half lengthwise. Place them on top of the butter maple mixtures with the cut part facing up. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins. Bake at 450 degrees F for about 12 minutes, or when they spring back when pressed. Remove from the oven, loosen with a knife and invert then onto a rack to cool.

DSC01949 These could be made just as well in a cake or loaf tin. If you don’t have maple syrup, another sweet syrup or honey can be used.DSC01954

Author: Hilda

I am a backyard forager who likes to share recipes using the wild edibles of our area.

45 thoughts on “Maple and Date Upside Down Cornbread Muffins

  1. Hi Hilda, I love date and your recipe looks just so great. I definitely will try it. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day!

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  2. The texture looks lovely and I’m always happy to find a maple syrup recipe!! I’ve never used cornmeal in a cake, so would be interesting to try! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Lili. Cornmeal can make a wonderful cake even without other flour. Because it is dense it goes well with sauces and I like it with molasses. Just one word of caution – you will get best results if you use a good quality cornmeal. My favourite place to buy it is at a mill, as I am not so fond of the supermarket (super yellow, super fine) variety although sometimes I have to resort to it.

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  3. Oh, and thanks for co-hosting FF this week too!!! πŸ™‚

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  4. Another super-informative post for me here in the non-maple syrup part of the world – had to google butternut tree (to me butternut is a kind of squash…) and now I know a butternut tree is a kind of walnut – its syrup sounds truly delicious … something to be enjoying while waiting for those dandelions to get going πŸ™‚

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  5. They look good, and gluten free πŸ™‚

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  6. These look great. You are so lucky to have your own maple syrup and these look a tasty way to use some of it.

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  7. Yummy! I’m going to try to veganize these as they sound delicious. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  8. I love local maple syrup. There is nothing like it. I have only used honey in corn muffins, but I want to try this recipe!

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  9. These look so awesome, Hilda! Wow, I sure wish I could harvest my own maple syrup! And butternut syrup? So cool, as I have never heard of this! Happy FF to you, my friend! πŸ˜€

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  10. Sounds great and really yummy. I was inspired by maple too, this week!

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    • Yes, I noticed the addition of maple syrup in your scone oatcakes. A great idea! Really we could use maple so much more than just for breakfast, but it does seem to be catching on.

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  11. I need a little maple muffin. NOW! Guess I’m hungry. Hee hee
    Tracey

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  12. My two favorites ingredients (maple syrup and dates), a sweet treat as I like Hilda. Thank you for co-hosting this week FF πŸ™‚

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  13. Wow, gorgeous Hilda, I have all the ingredients to make these amazing cornbread muffins. The addition of dates will definitely do it for me. :). Thanks for co-hosting.

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  14. These looks good! I like the addition of dates as well! Nice recipe:) thanks for co-hosting! Have a nice weekend! Olga x

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  15. Lovely recipe! Looks and sounds really good. Will try it. πŸ™‚

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  16. I’ve tried birch syrup but never butternut syrup! It sounds so delicious and intriguing, and I’m amazed by how each type of tree can produce such different syrups. Lovely muffins; the maple syrup sounds perfect!

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    • I don’t think butternut syrup is made commercially. I do know others make it for themselves. I would love to try sycamore syrup but we don’t have those trees in this area.

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  17. Oh my this is just incredible. … can’t wait to try this…

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  18. Your muffins look delicious, love the combination of maple syrup and dates with the cornmeal. This is going on my list, thank you.

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  19. I’m glad you’re having fun with your maple trees and making all kinds of delicious dishes. Cornbread is a favorite (as well as any maple product) – this is a new version for me. Happy FF and thanks for co-hosting πŸ™‚

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  20. Cornbread with maple syrup sounds delicious. I have been on a hunt for cornmeal here but think I will have to get it online. I love your recipe πŸ™‚

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  21. I’ve never tried cornbread with maple syrup, but now you made me too curious about it! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks for dropping by Lily. Maple and cornbread go very well together. Cornbread with a generous amount of syrup poured over it is a traditional dish here.

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  22. Maple syrup makes everything taste better! Those muffins look so moist and tasty. Love dates too but have not tried them in corn muffins. Yum!

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  23. You are so fortunate to have your own maple syrup! Hopefully you’ve seen the last of the snow and the greens are popping.

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  24. These muffins look yum! Maple syrup makes a great pair with dates. I am thinking of trying this with an egg replacer. Thanks for hosting FF, Hilda. πŸ™‚

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  25. Hilda I love the added dates to this, what a great combination I will be trying for sure!! πŸ™‚

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  26. I so wish I had my own maple syrup! These muffins look wonderful! Love the dates!

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  27. These little muffins really look good. Reading the ingredients made me drool. πŸ™‚

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