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Bacon Cornbread Muffins + a Cooking with Frank's® RedHot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce cookbook review

Bacon Cornbread Muffins
Surprises can come in the most unexpected packages. Recently, I was offered the chance to review a copy of the Frank's® RedHot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce cookbook. I was happy to, because I've always enjoyed Frank's, especially on basic hot wings or (best of all) Buffalo Chicken Dip. I thought I'd probably find a couple of tasty dishes to try. To be completely honest, I wasn't really expecting that much. I don't know why. I had some sort of preconceived notion about "brand" cookbooks in my head...that it was probably somewhat basic. In a happy surprise, I was proved wrong.

Let me back up a moment and note that the cookbook itself is actually not sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the manufacturer of Frank's® RedHot®; it is independently published and written. And it's written by a blogger. Aaaaaahhhhh, no wonder it's not boring and ho-hum. I mean, I may be a wee bit biased, but I know the hard work and long  hours that most food bloggers put into recipe testing and development. After learning that, it made sense that I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the recipes in the book. It might be worth noting that I read through the book, and added my numerous bookmarks before reading about the author, Rachel Rappaport.

Hot sauce lovers are going to want this book on their shelves. It does contain things you might expect, like chicken wings and dip—but they go beyond run-of-the-mill. You can also find things more out of the ordinary, like jello shots, ice cream, and even cinnamon buns...and yes, they all have hot sauce as an ingredient.

Bacon Cornbread Muffins + Cooking with Frank's RedHot cookbook review
I think this is an awesome cookbook for game day inspiration, as well. I mean, hot sauce and game day food sort of go hand in hand, don't they?

I'm happy to be sharing my thoughts on the Frank's® RedHot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce cookbook AND offering up a copy to giveaway as part of a Valentine's Day Cookbook Affair 14-day event! For more information on the giveaway and the event, please scroll down under the recipe.

Cayenne Pepper Sauce Swirled Bacon Cornbread Muffins
Take cornbread muffins to the next level with the addition of bacon and Frank’s® RedHot® THICK Cayenne Pepper Sauce. The perfect spicy start to your day, or try them as a side with chili.
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Bacon Cornbread Muffins
from Cooking with Frank's® RedHot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce by Rachel Rappaport, printed with permission of Ulysses Press (September 30, 2014)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake bread snack nut-free soy-free bacon cornmeal American

Ingredients (12 muffins)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1⁄3 cup canola oil
  • 1⁄3 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 12 teaspoons Frank’s® RedHot® THICK Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease or line with paper liners 1 (12-well) muffin tin.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. Beat in the egg, buttermilk, and oil until well combined. Fold in the bacon.

Fill each well in the muffin tin 3⁄4 full of batter. Top each muffin with 1 teaspoon Frank’s® RedHot® THICK Cayenne Pepper Sauce. Use the tip of a knife to swirl the hot sauce into each muffin.

Bake 25 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the center muffin comes out clean. Serve immediately.

my notes:
  • I used 4 thick-cut slices of bacon to yield about 1/3 cup.
  • I added 3/4 cup of shredded Red Leicester cheese to the dry ingredients (sharp cheddar or pepper jack would be great, too).

Bacon Cornbread Muffins + Cooking with Frank's RedHot cookbook review

Cooking with Frank's® RedHot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Delicious Recipes That Bring the Heat

author: Rachel Rappaport
publisher: Ulysses Press
photos: yes
hard cover: 144 pages

chapters/sections: Breakfast and Brunch | Lunch | Entrées | Appetizers and Snacks | Side Dishes | Dips and Sauces | Hot and Sweet

fun features: Hot sauce all the things! (Need I say more?)

(a few of the many) recipes destined for my kitchen: Beer Battered Chicken Sandwiches, Chili Pie, Amazing Glazed Turkey Meatloaf, Hot Chicken Cobb Salad, Oven-Baked Crispy Catfish Nuggets, Mexican Beer Wings with Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce, Sweet Thai Wings, Smoky Hot Bacon Macaroni and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Dip Deluxe, Hot Nuts Brittle, Honeyed Beer-Hot Sauce Ice Cream

about the author: Rachel Rappaport is an award-winning recipe developer, cookbook author, and food blogger. Her blog, Coconut & Lime, features more than 1,600 of her original recipes and was named one of the top 50 food blogs in the world by MSN's Her work has been featured on NPR, the Washington Post, the LA Times, the Baltimore Sun, and Fox News. She has appeared on several news, radio, and web shows demonstrating recipes and offering commentary. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

connect with the author: blog | facebook | twitter | pinterest | instagram

recipe(s) I have already tried: Cayenne Pepper Sauce Swirled Bacon Cornbread Muffins

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A Valentine's Day #cookbookaffair event!
This giveaway is part of the Valentine's Day Cookbook Affair — I've joined 13 other bloggers to bring  you 14 days of cookbook giveaways! Each day from February 1 through February 14, a new giveaway will be revealed. Why not try adding one (or all) of these books to your library? Simply check back daily to find out which blog the next giveaway will be held at!

And now for the big reveal: tomorrow's giveaway is being hosted by Foodie Stuntman at Crazy Foodie Stunts!

A running tab of all the giveaways as they go live:

I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook in exchange for my honest review.