Combine cornmeal and boiled water. Stir the resulting mush and cool slightly (it does not have to be warm).
Separately, combine flour, sugar, gelatin, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add oil and eggs to cornmeal mush. Mix well. Add to dry ingredients, stirring well but for no more than two minutes. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 regular or 6 jumbo muffins.