Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or more to taste
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    1 large egg yolk
    1/4 cup corn kernels 
    1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded, deveined and finely diced
    1/4 red bell pepper, seeded, deveined and finely diced
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

    Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin or fit the molds with paper muffin cups. Alternatively, use a silicone muffin pan, which needs neither greasing nor paper cups. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, chili powder, salt, baking soda and black pepper. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, melted butter and egg yolk together until well blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don’t worry about being thorough–the batter will be lumpy, and that’s just way it should be. Stir in the corn kernels, jalapeño, red pepper and cilantro. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold.

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