Given the small amount of cornmeal, toasting it gives a fuller flavor to the muffin tops. Makes 12 muffins at approximately 45 mg each
290 gm wheat starch (2 1/4 cup)
60 gm fine stone-ground yellow cornmeal (1/2 cup)(Arrowhead Mills and Hodgson Mill are good)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
30gm mixed egg (1/2 large egg)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup (60 gm)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and slightly cooled
1 1/4 cup rice milk (300 gm)
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin pan.
2. Toast the cornmeal by placing in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
3. Whisk starch, cooled cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum and guar gum in medium bowl to combine; set aside.
4. Whisk the half of an egg in a medium sized bowl until well-combined and light colored. Add the sugar and the maple syrup to the egg; whisk vigorously until thick and homogenous, about 30 seconds. Add the melted butter in 3 additions, whisking to combine after each addition. Add half of the rice milk, whisking until combined. Add the remaining liquid and whisk.
5. Make a well in the dry mixture. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently with a rubber spatula until the batter is just combined. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin pan. Do not level the mound formed.
6. Bake until the muffins are light and golden, about 18 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove from pan onto a wire rack.