I hit upon this recipe a short while ago when I was emptying my grandsons school lunch bag. The thought of doing something different for him for lunch seemed like a good one so I started looking through my cook books, various recipes on my computer and at different websites but nothing really jumped out and said “Hey—– Pick me”. Then I remembered the Buttermilk Cheddar loaf (the recipe can be found under Bakery stuff) I made just before Christmas and I thought why not take that one and twist it around to become muffins that would suit lunch bags or a quick snack?
Since my grandson would be having some I simply added diced ham to the recipe but you can pretty much add whatever you wish— cayenne pepper, chopped Jalapenos, chopped scallions or bacon (Mmmmmmm bacon) or all of them the choice is yours. They are also perfect for freezing…….. I put mine in individual sandwich bags and popped them in the freezer.
A minute in the microwave and you have the perfect companion for a warm beverage.
Here’s how we do it………..
- 2 cups of All Purpose (ap) flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablepoon Baking Powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 2 Eggs
- 1 2/3 cup Buttermilk
- 1/4 Canola oil
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded old or sharp cheddar
- 1/2 a cup chopped ham
Putting it all together:
- Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees
- In a large size bowl mix the dry ingredients ingredients together
- In a large measuring cup add the milk,egg and Canola oil and whisk until well incorporated
- Mix the cheese into the dry ingredients
- Add the buttermilk mixture and mix with a spatula until just wet. If it looks a little to thick you can add some water
- Incorporate the diced ham
- Spoon into a pre greased (use cooking spray as it’s easier) muffin tin
- Bang the tin on the counter a couple of times in an effort to get the mixture to settle and avoid air bubbles
- Pop the pan into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
There you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond”
Until next time………..