In the interest of avoiding a rut with breakfast I asked if the kids wanted something different from the mini quiches and waffles for breakfast. The answer was yes so I had to find something different that was easy to make and would get them through the morning without having a sugar dump. It’s hard for our daughter as this year her lunch period is the last one of the day.
I thought muffins with bacon would be fun. This recipe is part Pillsbury’s The Complete Book of Baking and part my own. I used them for a base with the basic ingredients and added my twist.
Slowly render about a cup to a cup and a half of bacon with a lot of the fat cut off. You don’t want greasy muffins.
While the bacon is cooking mix the dry ingredients together. You need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 3 teaspoons of sugar, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a handful of chopped chives. It’s a good idea to actually read the recipe properly. I thought it said 3 tablespoons of sugar. Oops! Fortunately it didn’t ruin the muffins. I did forget the baking powder and I had to carefully add it afterwards. Honestly, where was my head? At this time grate fresh parmesan and jarlsberg cheese to make 3/4- 1 cup of cheese.
Add 1 beaten egg, 1 1/4 cup of milk, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Now with muffins you don’t want to overwork the batter. Gently mix the dry ingredients and wet together. It’s ok if the batter is a bit lumpy just as long as the ingredients are incorporated. It will be very wet.
Fold in the bacon. This is the part where I forgot the baking powder so I had to sprinkle it over the batter then carefully fold that in.
Pre-heat the oven to 400F/205C. Spoon the batter into muffin cups, about 2/3 full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden in colour and the toothpick test comes out clean.
Treat yourself while they are still warm and have some with butter.
Not only are these good for breakfast but they would be good with stews and chilli as well.