Courgette, Gruyere and smoky bacon muffins #Tasty Tuesdays

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I think I’m going to start a little ‘Muffin Series’ as this is the second batch of muffins I’ve knocked up recently after a long absence from baking. These ones came out perfectly – the courgette makes them lovely and moist, the gruyere is a touch of luxury and I added crispy smoky bacon as a substitute for the chorizo that was in the original recipe in an attempt to make them appeal more to my children (who aren’t into spicy foods).

I made a basic gruyere and courgette muffin batch in the past and despite loving both those ingredients I wasn’t blown away by the end result, but the addition of the bacon seems to pack in a lovely extra flavour. And I really wanted to try my hand at some savoury muffins for a change – these would be absolutely ideal for a packed lunch or snack. I had one on the side with a bowl of tomato and basil soup for lunch and it was just right!

Ingredients:

225g of self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g grated courgette
50g grated gruyere
4 rashers streaky bacon (smoked or unsmoked optional) (or 40g of chorizo cubed)
salt and pepper
175ml of milk (I substituted buttermilk as its low fat and healthier although these clearly aren’t diet food!)
75ml of light olive oil
one egg

Recipe:

Whisk together the milk/buttermilk, egg and olive oil. Separately mix together the courgette, gruyere and cooked crispy bacon (chopped small) and add to the flour and baking powder and season. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and combine.

Spoon into muffin tins/cases (makes 6) and pop in the oven at 180C/gas 4 for ten minutes. Remove and grate a little more gruyere over the tops of the muffins before placing back in the oven for a further 15 minutes.

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Muffin Mummy

About two years ago I toyed with the idea of practising my baking skills. JJ was about 2 years old and EJ not yet conceived. The only problem was I need something that I could put together during JJ’s 1-2 hour midday nap. Bread: far too much hard work and time-consuming with all that proving and rising. Cakes: probably not such a great idea given the fact that I would probably end up eating 80 per cent of the outcome myself. And so I came to the conclusion that the perfect baking foodstuff for me would be the humble Muffin. Notoriously quick and easy to put together (wet ingredients, dry ingredients – slap ’em together, Bob’s your uncle), and it would allow me to experiment with a variety of both sweet and savoury delights.

I went on to bake some delicious Annabel Karmel raisin and courgette muffins, BBC Good Food double chocolate muffins and some savoury gruyere and courgette muffins too. I whipped up a batch of breakfast muffins (much appreciated by my work colleagues!) and discovered my personal favourites the Toffee Apples! I also experimented with low fat banana and blueberry muffins which I’ve made on a few occasions since. However, the initial flurry of activity waned and then along came pregnancy and child no. 2 which hampered matters considerably.

I’m hoping this blog will encourage me to¬† pick up where I left off and try out a few more of the delicious sounding recipes from my little book of muffins, “Muffin Magic” by Susannah Blake. I’m loving the look of the Peppermint Stick muffins, Peanut Butter and Choc Chip Cheekies, and Date and Ginger Honeys.

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