Oct 31, 2008

Breakfast Pizza Muffins

Nothing jump starts my day better than a breakfast muffin. Packed with flavor, vegetables and cheese. Throw in a boiled egg, milk, some orange juice and I’m a happy Dutch girl. But I’m also perfectly happy grabbing one of these babies on my way out the door and devour it in the car. Real healthy, huh!

Must admit that when I add this much cheese and/or butter to a dish, I mainly do that when I make an actual meal out of whatever it is I’m preparing, it makes it a different ballgame all together. You won’t quickly catch me making these just to snack on.

There’s another huge benefit to these muffins. My boy will eat anything we call ‘pizza‘. As soon as I found that out, it opened a multitude of perspectives! You could literally see a light bulb going on over my head! ‘Aha moment’. So I’ve added a little pizza flavor to the recipe and now he loves them.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
4 tbsp butter
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/s tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp oregano
3 tbsp pizza sauce
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/2 bell pepper
3 to 4oz ham
1 cup cheese
2 shallots
2 eggs

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 (200C)

Those yellow bell peppers with their green stems just do something to me. Gorgeous colors. Finely mince half to 1 bell pepper and 2 shallots. If by any chance you have some leeks lying around doing nothing useful, don’t think twice, dice them and throw them in. I ran out of them, but it’s a match made in heaven.

Lightly sautee the bell pepper and shallots in a tiny drop of olive oil.

I’m cheating, I’m using my food processor for this. It speeds things up remarkably. Pour 2 cups of flour in there.

Lots of things going on in the photo below!! I bet you’re real happy I’m using my storyboards now, aren’t you?

Add 1 tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp onion powder, a heaping 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried oregano and 1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder. Quite a list, eh?

Pop the lid on and pulsate a few times to combine everything.

Grab a bowl and mix up 1 cup of yogurt with 4 tbsp butter. I’m using the (Dutch) liquid diet version, but use any kind of butter (melted). The yogurt will perform pure magic on the texture of the muffin, making it fluffy and light.

Break two eggs over it and lightly whisk until it’s all combined. Not sure why I do this by hand, but I always do.

Pour it in the food processor, right on top of the flour mix.

Add the sauteed vegetable mix, 1 cup of cheese (I’ve used a sharp Gouda cheese) and 3 heaping tbsp pizza sauce. I make my own pizza sauce and freeze seperate portions, but you can also use a commercial sauce for this. I promise I won’t be too upset!

Blitz until everything has properly blended and you end up with a consistency that looks like this. A fairly thick batter.

 

Chop about 3 to 4oz ham, you can also do this with chorizo. Add to the batter and pulsate a few more times. Just a few spins to get it combined, really, you don’t want to puree the ham. The batter will be even thicker now.

Now you can use muffin cups, but I always use these. They hold more batter and I’m greedy when it comes to my pizza muffins! I lightly butter them. Sure I could have done that with my fingers, but would it have looked just as good in my photos, I ask you?

Spoon the batter in whatever you’re going to bake the muffins in. Don’t fill them up completely, the muffins will need a little room to rise.

Put them in a preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and they’re golden brown. The muffins will rise, but not as high as ‘sweet’ muffins and the outside will be crispier, keep that in mind. Let them cool before taking them out, or just serve them like this, which I personally prefer. They’re best eaten lukewarm.

These are good. These are packed with flavor, they’re savory. They’re just good.


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    26 Comments »

    1. 1

      I see Sunday Brunch!

      Ann from Montana on Oct 31, 2008 @ 11:33 pm Reply
    2. 2

      My saturday breakfast!

      Kay on Nov 1, 2008 @ 12:18 am Reply
    3. 3

      Aaahh…now I have to go wipe drool of my keyboard! I can’t wait to try this!

      Amrita on Nov 2, 2008 @ 8:55 am Reply
    4. 4

      Hey Kay,

      This is the first time I’ve visited your site. It’s fabulous!! I love it. Gotta show it to hubby… I’m sure he’ll be inspired!

      Love,

      Steph

      Stephanie on Nov 10, 2008 @ 6:10 pm Reply
    5. 5

      I like your ramekins… :-)

      Piggy on Nov 11, 2008 @ 10:14 pm Reply
    6. 6

      They also have matching plates. I’m a sucker for things like that :)

      Kay on Nov 12, 2008 @ 12:51 am Reply
    7. 7

      I almost bought those ramekins as well, they look like the perfect size for me.

      But boyfriend talked me out of it, saying surely we could find some plain ones without a print.

      We didn’t.

      Good thing I remember where to get them ;)

      Tannie on Nov 25, 2008 @ 6:18 am Reply
    8. 8

      How many does this make actually?

      Tannie on Nov 26, 2008 @ 8:24 pm Reply
    9. 9

      I filled up 6 larger ramekins, so it would probably be 6 larger of 12 smaller ones.

      Kay on Nov 26, 2008 @ 8:25 pm Reply
    10. 10

      Wow! What a hearty breakfast you got there! I will love to have some!

      Mrs Ergül on Dec 1, 2008 @ 9:07 am Reply
    11. 11

      Very stylish! Lovely photos…

      Pat on Dec 1, 2008 @ 3:09 pm Reply
    12. 12

      Wow wow wow. I’m with your son – slap the word “pizza” on something and I’m all ears. ;)

      These look fantastic. I might make them more “pizza-y” and used turkey pepperoni instead of ham. Yum!

      Thank you for sharing!

      Kelly on Dec 1, 2008 @ 5:41 pm Reply
    13. 13

      I love a muffin that can be eaten as a meal! This is something I think my oldest son would really love!

      patsyk on Dec 1, 2008 @ 7:39 pm Reply
    14. 14

      Hi, these look amazing, saw them on tastespotting.com! My boyfriend eats very little besides pizza, think he will like these? (sans the ham – he doesnt eat meat either!!!)

      Maybe I’ll just make it one day and make him try them ;)

      ~Ardie

      ardie on Dec 2, 2008 @ 12:32 am Reply
    15. 15

      Hey, could you tell me where you found those ramekins? I’ve been googling like mad but I can’t find out what company makes them, or where they’re sold. Thanks! :)

      Megan on Dec 3, 2008 @ 7:22 pm Reply
    16. 16

      Where can I find the dishes you are using? NEED them :)

      mommyknows on Dec 21, 2008 @ 12:38 am Reply
    17. 17

      I’d love to know where these ramekins came from as well! Is there a manufacturer I could do a search on?

      These muffins look fantastic! Just found your blog and I love it. :)

      April in CT on Dec 31, 2008 @ 6:57 pm Reply
    18. 18

      I love the photos on your site!

      I am going to try this soon, probably for dinner!

      http://hopeinthekitchen.blogspot.com/

      Hope on Jan 13, 2009 @ 10:22 pm Reply
    19. 19

      I just made these and they are great! I used 2 different sized ramekins and got 8 out of the mix. I am going to add a little garlic next time because I love garlic and when I order pizza I get it with extra garlic (Sorry dear husband).
      Thanks for the great recipe!!

      Meghan on Jan 22, 2009 @ 9:28 pm Reply
    20. 20

      Delicous recipe and great photos, thanks for sharing!

      choccycake on Jun 22, 2009 @ 6:20 pm Reply
    21. 21

      Once again, We LOVE your muffins. Sunday brunch is in the oven, and they can’t bake quick enough!! :) :)

      LizzieBee on Nov 22, 2009 @ 2:54 am Reply
    22. 22

      Love the little crocks you baked these in …where did you find them ?

      Diana McAdams on Dec 14, 2010 @ 7:28 am Reply
    23. 23

      Ok….don’t know where she got hers, but here are dozens of really cute ceramic / pottery ramekins…
      http://www.thefind.com/kitchen/info-4-inch-ramekin#page=1

      Diana McAdams on Dec 14, 2010 @ 7:32 am Reply
    24. 24

      I am making these either tonight for work this week or tomorrow – I can’t wait!!

      Brandy on Mar 3, 2014 @ 3:47 pm Reply
    25. 25

      I made them into just pizza muffins.  I made some mistakes, but I love the texture and potential of them so much, I can’t wait to try again and think of other things to add to it :D
      Thanks for another awesome recipe!

      Brandy on Mar 4, 2014 @ 12:59 am Reply

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