Friday, January 11, 2013

Savoury cheese muffins

Savory cheese muffins

These muffins hit the spot right away and have a pizza twist on the classic cheese muffins. If you are a cheese lover these ones are for you. Make them for breakfast or as an accompaniment for lunch. They decidedly taste good after a day. Warm them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. 

Ingredients: (Makes 12 large or 16 medium)
2 cups all-purpose flour (or 1 ¾ whole wheat flour)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp each salt and dried basil
½ cracked black pepper
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup cubed cheddar (make tiny cubes)
1 cup plain yogurt
2 eggs
¼ cup melted butter
½ cup finely chopped red, yellow or green sweet pepper
¼ cup salsa
½ cup shredded mozzarella

Savoury cheese muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C) and line muffin cups with paper liners. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, basil, pepper and baking soda. Add cheddar cubes. 
  3. In a bowl, mix together yogurt, eggs and butter until smooth. 
  4. Stir into flour mixture just until well combined. 
  5. Stir in sweet pepper to make a very thick batter. 
  6. Spoon batter into muffin cups, dividing evenly. Spoon 1 tsp salsa on top of each muffin cup and sprinkle each with mozzarella. 
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in center of one of middle muffins comes out clean. 
  8. Let muffins cool in pan at least 5 minutes before removing, then let cool completely on a wire rack before serving. 
  9. Muffins can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a month. Defrost at room temperature.

Variations
  1. Add jalapeno peppers for a spicy twist. 
  2. Add chopped ham in the batter before baking to get ham and cheese muffins. 
  3. Instead of basil use thyme or rosemary. 





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