Preheat oven to 425. In small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. When butter is melted, remove saucepan from heat and let cool to warm. In med. bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Prepare muffin tins by lininig with 8 paper muffin cups or greasing the pan. Returning to the saucepan with melted butter, add milk, maple syrup and egg to butter. Quickly beat egg into liquid mixture. Stir liquid into dry mixture and mix just until flour is wet. Spoon batter into muffin tins, bake for 15 min. until done. Serve hot with butter.