My muffin top is all that!

27 Jun

This week on Dueling Bakers we decided to try something a little different and do a savory item. A lot of times we think of muffins being sweet and for breakfast. But with a variety of add-ins including spices, cheeses, and meats, muffins can easily be taken to the savory side!

The guidelines for this duel are as follows:

  • Ease of prep/baking-10
  • Texture-20
  • Flavor/taste -20
  • Ingredient ratios- 10
  • Ease of eating- 10
  • Added flavor-20
  • How well does the actual number of muffins make correspond to how many the recipe says -10

Andrea here! If you know me at all, you know I have a strange obsession with corn. It’s just so deliciously sweet and versatile. So, for this duel I decided to go with The Corniest Corn Muffins! Which affectionately became dubbed “The Corniest Cornelius Fudge Muffins” around my house, for Cornelius Fudge, Minister of Magic 1990-1996. We may or may not be a little nerdy ’round these parts ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let’s see how these Corny Cornelius Muffins stacked up!

  • Ease of prep/baking- 8/10 – Prep was super easy, but the recipe said they would take 15-18 minutes and mine took around 22.
  • Texture- 18/20 – These were great corn muffins! They were moist and not dry and crumbly like corn muffins can be.
  • Flavor/taste – 20/20 – Definitely corny!
  • Ingredient ratios- 8/10 – There was a noticeable difference in the amount of corn kernels in some of the muffins.
  • Ease of eating- 10/10 – Like I said earlier, not at all crumby and they came out of the wrapper perfectly.
  • Added flavor- 18/20 – The corn flavor was definitely there because whole kernels were used, but it would have been better if they were more evenly distributed.
  • How well does the actual number of muffins make correspond to how many the recipe says – 8/10 – The recipe said 12, I got 12 but some of them were overfilled and I had a little batter left in the bowl.

As you can see, not only were these the Corniest Cornelius Fudge muffins, they were baked in Gryffindor themed cupcake wrappers ๐Ÿ˜€

Over all these muffins got 90/100 points! Brilliant!

Hiya ladies and gents! It’s uh me, Krista and I took the savory slide toward salmon and cream cheese- the ultimate combo in sushi! I choose a recipe from New Zealand which was a trick in and of itself- grams?! who uses grams?! So after conversions were all said done, this recipe was Americanized.

So- I’m going to keep this short and simple, like the recipe.

  • Ease of prep/baking-ย  7/10 points it gets docked some points because of the need in making conversions. Also- the type of flour isn’t specified- what’s with that?
  • Texture-12/20 points the muffins didn’t really change in the baking process… it was actually kind of weird, they looked exactly the same as they did when they went in- except the cheese was melted.
  • Flavor/taste – 16/20 the flavor was not bad- I ate 3 of them just because they had the salmon/cream cheese combo I love, but the texture just kills it… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Ingredient ratios- 9/10 the salmon, spinach and cheese breaks up evenly in each muffin… you almost make a sandwich with the batter with the cream cheese and salmon in the middle so it insures that each muffin has the breakdown.
  • Ease of eating- 6/10 once again the texture kills this- it’s like eating a dense sponge with a good taste- you can taste like heaven but if the texture isn’t up to par it’s not that great. The muffin stuck to the sides of the muffin holder too and I actually only had 3 because I ended up with some wrapper in my mouth.
  • Added flavor-16/20 the salmon and cream cheese are what I’m considering the added flavor and it was great- once again killed by texture.
  • How well does the actual number of muffins make correspond to how many the recipe says -8/10 the recipe says 10, I made 12…

This recipe got an awful score of 74/100… which is the lowest we’ve had to date, I think. I don’t recommend these muffins by any stretch…

buy the smoked salmon, sushi rice, Nori and cream cheese and just make some philly/bagel rolls instead.

-secretly craving some corniest Cornelius Fudge muffins-


We had a lot of fun rating savory recipes for a change! Did you? Please vote in our poll to let us know what you’d like to see more of from Dueling Bakers!


One Response to “My muffin top is all that!”


  1. Nobody’s Hotter Than Harry Potter « duelingbakers - July 20, 2011

    […] used the same Gryffindor cupcake wrappers used previously for the Corniest Cornelius Fudge muffins. The mild cake balances out the sweetness and they taste like Butterbeer straight from The Wizarding […]

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