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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cheese and Bacon muffins



Here's a recipe I have been perfecting over the past year.  My friend Andrea suggested chives last attempt so I have added that to the line up too!  If you give them a go and have a suggestion feel free to leave a comment below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetta
  • 60g butter melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • a handful of fresh chives cut up, or a few good shakes from the jar of the dried variety
  • a handful of fresh parsley or like above a few good shakes of the dried kind
  • 120g grated carrot (around 2 medium carrots) dont worry if you go a bit over
  • 150g cheese (mix it up, I used 100g tasty, 20g parmesan and half a block of danish fetta from the deli)
  • 10 spring onions
  • 30g salami (adds a bit of kick but omit if you don't have any or don't like it)
  • 8 pieces rindless bacon 


Method:
Cut up your bacon and salami and fry in a pan till lightly brown (do not over cook as they will be hard)
To a large bowl sift in your flour, baking powder, mustard powder and vegetta. Make a well in the centre and add your melted butter and eggs. Mix.
Add the rest of your ingredients and mix together (saving some grated tasty for the top of the muffins)

Grease your muffin trays, I used a small mini muffin tray with 24 holes and a regular muffin pan with 6 holes.
Add tablespoons of mixture to each hole, only filling around 3/4 full and add a small amount of tasty cheese to the top of each one (grate some more if you need to) I also like to add some sesame seeds on the top too.

Bake the small ones in a moderate oven (180 degrees) for 18-20 minutes or until lightly brown.
The larger muffins will take around 25 minutes.

These muffins lasted around 3 days in an airtight container and were perfect for dinner that night with a salad on the side as well as my sons school lunches for the next few days!  Perfect!

Bella with the small muffins
 Bella loved to add the cheese to the top and help mix it all together.  She loves crumbling up the fetta too!