So I'm an American student currently living in Ireland and I work at an after-school program a couple days a week. The kids there are pretty intrigued by the fact that I'm American and so I thought it might be fun to bring in a homemade American treat for them. The idea came when I was baking cornbread--after doing a fair amount of searching for cornmeal (or "maize meal" as it is here) to make it with. Cornmeal-based baked goods definitely do not seem to be a thing here and they're easy to make and so tasty, so I thought corn muffins might be a good idea.
Then the question was sweet or savory. Although I prefer savory, unsweetened cornbread myself (I thought of making cheesy corn muffins) I figured that sweets are always a winner with kids. Plus, although I have some Kentucky ancestry (that comes through in both my own and my father's cooking at times), I'm a life-long Northerner myself and have been a New Englander for the past 6 years, so I figured that they might like it better if it's something from my own (adopted) region, which sweet cornbread definitely is. Now I'm trying to think of things to make sweet corn muffins even more appealing--blueberry corn muffins perhaps? That could be good. I'm also throwing around the idea of making apple butter to go with them, but I don't know how difficult this is. I have a full kitchen here but not the full array of kitchen supplies and tools that I'm used to--no crockpots or foodmills or anything. Any apple butter-makers that could give me insight into whether this endeavor would be possible?
And any ideas in general for my muffins? Other suggestions of kid-friendly American treats are welcome also.