Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Yummy Muffins

The rain fell again yesterday, its a lovely sight after weeks of heat and bush fires. I'm hoping that today will see our main water tank full - big yeah!! I'm back to doing the laundry and not collecting the wash water to bucket on to the garden. Its great not lugging heavy buckets of water around although I do admit it was becoming a bit of a ritual I enjoyed. I would empty the water at the end of the day while chatting with my daughter and playing with the dogs.

So what to do on a wet day - bake of course! The house always smells wonderful with home baked goodies in the oven. Savoury muffins are my latest baking fad. They are great for school lunches, with a salad or soup for lunch or as a snack anytime. They freeze well which is a bonus.

Update: A glorious sight - the main water tank which supplies our home is now full. It overflowed this morning. Its amazing what a difference a week makes -last week our tanks were at their lowest levels ever, this week one is full and the other about 1/3 full.

Bacon and Onion Muffins

280g/10oz plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
2 eggs
250ml buttermilk or yoghurt
5 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 rashers bacon - finely chopped
1 small onion - finely chopped
1/3 cup grated cheese (I use parmesan)

Cook the bacon and onion in a frypan until the onion is soft and the bacon crispy.
Add the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda to a bowl - sift together.
In another bowl beat the eggs, add yoghurt and oil and mix well. Add bacon, onion and cheese and mix well.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and just combine. Spoon into muffin tins, bake at 200C/400F for 20 minutes.


Spicy Salami Muffins

280g/10oz plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 teaspoon paprika
2 eggs
250ml buttermilk or yoghurt
5 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small red capsicum/red pepper - finely chopped
100g your favourite salami - finely chopped

Add the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and paprika to a bowl - sift together.
In another bowl beat the eggs, add yoghurt and oil and mix well. Add capsicum and salami and mix well.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and just combine. Spoon into muffin tins, bake at 200C/400F for 20 minutes.

You could spice these up by adding chilli flakes and/or hot paprika instead of sweet paprika.

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