Cornbread Muffins with Parmesan and Sesame


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New York Christmas

New York Christmas

By Lisa Nieschlag and Lars Wentrup

Published 2017

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These delicious muffins, which are a different take on conventional cornbread, make an excellent side dish for any salad, soup or roast. They are a great alternative to bread or bread rolls. Add diced bacon to the dough for an even more savoury muffin flavour, if you like.


  • 60 g ( oz) butter
  • 90 g ( oz) parmesan, finely grated
  • 100 g ( oz) cornmeal
  • 80 g ( oz) flour
  • 40 g ( oz) polenta
  • 3 tsp cream of tartar powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 180 ml (6 fl oz/¾ cup) milk


  • About 8 tsp sesame seeds for sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/Gas mark 5) and line 8 holes in a muffin tin with paper cup liners. Melt the butter and grate the parmesan finely.

Combine the cornmeal, flour, polenta, cream of tartar powder, salt and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl. Stir in 80 g ( oz) grated parmesan. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour in the melted, cooled butter, lightly beaten egg and milk. Stir all ingredients to combine.

Fill the paper cup liners about three quarters with dough and sprinkle the muffins with the remaining parmesan and sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20–22 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the muffin tin and leave to cool.