ISO a good corn muffin
Does anyone know where in the Boston area a truly good corn muffin can be found?
The biggest problem I have with most I come across is texture - I like corn muffins to have a slightly coarse, hearty, corn meal-y texture - not like a vanilla cupcake with a smattering of corn meal. I also don't like them to be overly sweet - I don't mean that they have to be completely unsweet like Southern cornbread, just not sweet in a way that overpowers the corn flavor. I also like the top to be kind of golden brown and almost crunchy... but I am really open to any suggestions.
I guess corn muffins are not the most popular breakfast bread around, but they're my favorite so I'd like to find a good one :) Thanks!
Remember when Dunkin Donuts had a GREAT corn muffin, like 17 years ago? Now they taste like awful preservatives.
Hands down the best muffins are at the Gingerbread Construction Co. There are several shops but I go to the one in Winchester on Washington St.
Not sure if they have corn, but Uncommon Grounds on Mt. Auburn in Watertown has tasty muffins. Breakfast is good, too, and hefty portions.
I love the ones at Petsi Pies in Somerville (near Porter Sq). Hearty yet moist, and they have that slightly coarse corn-mealy-ness you're looking for. Not too sweet. They are filled with a bit of raspberry jam, not your "typical" raspberry jam, but a wonderful thick jam that perfectly complements the muffin. This corn muffin is so good I haven't looked for a better one since discovering it.
I agree; most corn muffins are pretty disappointing. I don't usually recommend chains, but I think Whole Foods markets have the best ones around - very moist, very corny, and the top does indeed get browned and crunchy at the edges. They *are* pretty sweet, but not (to my taste) too sweet. I've been trying off and on for years to replicate them at home, but without any success.
Hopefully it's not the best in town, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Au Bon Pain's Southwest corn muffin was pretty tasty. The crumb was coarse, as you're describing, and it wasn't cloyingly sweet. Also, having grown up in the Southwest, I'm a sucker for jalapeno in just about anything.
I have a vague memory of a good one at Carberries, which is not a board favorite, but I thought the muffin was good. This was years ago, at the arlington location, which has since closed.
I agree with you critiques of local corn muffins - not very good. I think it is the lack of quality stone-ground cornmeal in this area. If you ever have a chance to get to Nantucket, stop at the old mill. They sell ground cornmeal (as a souvenier only, not for human consumption) that is extremely variable in consistency with elements from powder to small chunks. It tends to make a very dense, gritty corn muffin, just the way I like it. Keep it in the freezer, as it can stale easily. (N.B. The cornmeal was sold for years in this continuously operating mill from the 1700s, but was recently shut down because the ground cornmeal was captured in wooden chutes which does not comply with modern food safety measures. They now sell it clearly marked "not for human consumption" as a "souvenir" of your visit. Thus far, I haven't died, and I sure eat a lot of it.)