Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Cheese and Onion Muffins

Cheese and Onion Muffins

As mentioned here, this month’s Daring Baker’s challenge saw us experimenting with loaves and muffins. Having always made sweet muffins with ease, it was time to try something different and new.

Savoury muffins. 

Figuring out the flavour profile was something of a challenge; I wanted the muffins to be vegetarian friendly but still be satisfying and moreish. Cheese was definitely the way forward. It so happened that onions were on offer at the supermarket, so that was that. Cheese and onion muffins were on the menu. Having never worked with marjoram before, I was curious as to how it flavours a dish so in it went into the muffin batter. Not surprisingly it worked well! The sweetness and delicate flavour of the marjoram worked really well with the cheddar and onions.

Some of the ingredients: onions, cheese, marjoram, black pepper and salt. Isn't Himalayan salt so pretty with its various tinges of pink?

The muffins turned out to be incredibly soft, moist and had a lovely crumb. The additional cheese on top gives it a nice crust while the black pepper imparts subtle heat. The muffins keep well in the fridge and for the past couple of days I’ve been enjoying this delight before work. There is nothing better than a warm muffin and a cup of coffee/tea first thing in the morning to get you going. Plus I am also under the illusion that this is a relatively healthy start to the day; of course you prefer it to be super healthy, just reduced the amount of cheese.

Gorgeous healthy muffins in the making

These muffins were so good that Rusky, my beloved cocker spaniel snuck into the kitchen and stole and greedily scoffed FOUR muffins in one go before anyone realised what had happened. 

This is Rusky four muffins later. Contented beyond words.

Cheese and Onion Muffins

Yields 12 muffins


Ingredients


300g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large onions, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
225ml milk
1.5 tsp majoram
6 tbsp olive oil
100g cheddar, grated
Ground black pepper


Method
  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C. Line muffin pan.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan and gently fry onions for 10-12 minutes until soft and translucent.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and sieve.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, milk, marjoram and remaining olive oil. Add a generous pinch of black pepper.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix. Stir in the onions and grated cheese and mix until just combined.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with remaining cheese and more black pepper.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, firm to touch and well risen.

32 comments:

  1. Love the second picture. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of cheese.

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  2. These look delish! Perfect for brunch. Buzzed you!

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  3. I can understand why Rusky stole the muffins. They look AMAZING!

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  4. I've never made savory muffins and this looks like a great first option! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I was anxiously awaiting for your recipe, now it's bookmarked! I'm so going to try it!

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  6. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!! Question: is there any substitute for marjoram? I have never heard marjoram and not sure where to find those.

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    1. Yes! I'm sure thyme works just as well :)

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  7. These look very tasty!! Cute puppy!

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  8. These muffins look beautiful and delicious! I have never tried savory muffins and I look forward to trying this recipe! Very creative !

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  9. Oh yum! These looks so melty, bubbly and indulgent :) Perfect treats! And your dog is utterly adorable.

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  10. These muffins sound delicious!! I'm yet to try a savory muffin but these look so good I think I'll be trying some soon. Yum!

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  11. These look like exactly the kind of muffin I love! Couple of these and a glass of white wine would be just perfect.

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    1. I didn't think of that but yes you are absolutely right! Wine would be superb with these muffins for sure! :)

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  12. Absolutely delicious looking muffins! I LOVE savory muffins and these look so perfect!

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  13. I love savory muffins, especially with winter soups and stews.... these look so delicious.

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  15. I have never tasted savoury muffins but I have a desire to made some. It has simple flavours, seems to be delicious. I have got dry marjoram, I don't even know why I bought it.

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    1. Haha we all have those moments of buying random ingredients then not knowing what to do with it! I'm sure thyme would be a suitable substitution as well :)

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  16. first time here but i look forward to trying this and more of ure recipes. question though are those standard or jumbo size muffins?

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    1. Hi glad you're enjoying my blog :) This recipe yielded 12 standard size muffins :)

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  17. Mmm I love the idea of savory muffins. I normally tread on the side of sweet, but these look fab! :D

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  18. wow, your pictures look great! and those muffins? they look delicious!

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  19. pictures look great! amazed that mine resembled them, very good recipe!

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    1. That's brilliant! Glad you like the recipe! :)

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  20. Wow really nice texture, loved making and eating it for sure :) very good recipe.thnx what else could I add in it to get more flavour?

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    1. Aww I'm so glad to hear that you loved this recipe :) I would you could use a stronger flavoured cheese, bacon bits, chorizo, sun-dried tomatoes, olives etc..endless possibilities!

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    2. Ohh wow cool, I always loved making things like this, I really can't wait to make more with a twist. Thnx :)

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  21. LOVE thelook of these--definitely will try them...... ( just a side note, onions, like dark chocolate, can make a dog very ill.... be careful!)

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