Last month, as a solstice gift for my feathered friends, I baked up a batch of bird muffins. I’ve been wanting to make these for years but seeing as how one of the ingredients is bacon drippings, something I never have since I rarely eat meat, the recipe has been hanging out on my fridge every winter for as long as I can remember.
When I first placed the muffins on my holly tree, the birds favorite hangout, they weren’t sure what to think. After realizing my gift was food, they were all a twitter with excitement! If you don’t have a tree to hang the muffins on you can always place them on a tray.
(from Birds & Blooms Aug/Sept 2001)
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup plain bread crumbs
3/4 c raisins
1/2 cup bacon drippings
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sand
1 cup water
Combine cornmeal, flour, bread crumbs and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add raisins and sand and mix thoroughly. Then add the bacon drippings and water. Stir well.
Spoon the dough into muffin tins and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool the muffins to room temperature before serving (to the birds). Store leftover muffins in the refrigerator until it’s time for a refill.