Friday, January 11, 2013

Savoury cheese muffins

If you are a cheese lover then this recipe is for you - a pizza flavor twist on the classic cheese muffins. They are super delish and hit the spot right away.  Make them for breakfast or as an accompaniment for lunch. Make sure to whip up a double batch as they decidedly taste better 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

  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 the muffin 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.

  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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