Savoury baking

Most muffin recipes are for sweet muffins, but you can of course make savoury muffins. I am going for a walk tomorrow to Barrenjoey Head and wanted to bake something to take to snack on. If you are a bit scared of baking, muffins are a great way to build your confidence. With muffins, the less mixing and work you do the better and it is simply a matter of measuring and mixing then baking.

Akudjura ground bush tomato

Continuing with my Australian native spices experimentation, I used Ajydhyra or Bush Tomato in this recipe, which I tracked down at Herbie’s Spices. The akudjura gives the muffins a lovely roast tomato flavour. You can order Herbie’s Spices online, or they are stocked in many delis and gourmet food stores. I also used dried greek oregano, which is normally sold with the stems still intact – to separate the dried oregano leaves, you give the bunch a bit of a shake or a rub to separate the dried leaves.

What I was cooking this time last year: Watercress and Pomegranate Tabouli

Tomato and Cheese Muffins

* This recipe’s base ingredients were inspired by a Pear and Ginger Muffins recipe that appears in Nigella Lawson’s cookbook, Nigella Express. I have modified and adapted Nigella’s recipe to come up with the below reincarnation.

Ingredients:

Makes 12 muffins.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • A generous pinch of salt
  • 80g pine nuts
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground akudjura or bush tomato
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried greek oregano
  • 200g feta cheese
  • 100g grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes

Wet Ingredients

  • 125mls natural low-fat natural yoghurt
  • 125mls vegetable oil [I used rice bran oil but any neutral tasting oil is fine]
  • 2 large eggs

Other

  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Cooking oil spray

Method:

  • Peel, quarter and finely slice the onion.
  • Crush the garlic cloves.

Onion and garlic

  • Heat the teaspoon of oil in a small saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions are soft and just starting to brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Set the onions and garlic aside to cool.
  • Heat oven to 200°C.
  • Line a cupcake / muffin pan with muffin cases. Spray the cases lightly with cooking oil spray.
  • Measure the flour, salt, akudjura, dried oregano, pine nuts and grated parmesan into a bowl.
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the bowl.

Tomato muffin ingredients

  • Crumble the feta and add to the bowl.
  • Add the cooled onion mixture to the bowl.
  • Stir the ingredients in the bowl until everything is well combined and coated in flour.
  • Measure the oil and yoghurt  into a jug.
  • Add the eggs to the oil and yoghurt and stir to combine.

Muffin wet and dry ingredients

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined – the less mixing you do the better.
  • Add spoonfuls of the mixture to the muffin cases.

Tomato and cheese muffin mixture

  • Place muffins in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when touched in the middle.
  • Remove muffins from the oven and either eat warm or when they have cooled. Enjoy.

What is your favourite baking recipe? Has this post inspired any new ideas?

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Filed under Baking, Breakfast, Cheese, Herbs, Recipes, Savoury, Spices, Vegetarian

One response to “Savoury baking

  1. I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster Award! Here’s the link to the post 🙂 http://lifeislikeadumpling.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/the-liebster-award/

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