Savory Muffins with Ham, Feta and Fresh Basil

Savory Muffins with Ham, Feta and Fresh Basil

It’s been fun having a week at The Café dedicated to breakfast. If you haven’t been with us this week, you might want to check some of the earlier posts for easy, healthy breakfast ideas. There was also a super splurge recipe yesterday for a Blueberry & White Chocolate Coffee Cake. I’m finishing off the week with a unique, savory muffin that will take your breakfasts off the beaten path.

My daughter received The Hummingbird Bakery Cook Book (from the legendary Hummingbird Cupcake Shop in London) for Christmas. I was thumbing though it and these interesting Savory Muffins with Ham, Feta and Fresh Basil caught my eye. I checked online and saw that a few other bloggers had also been intrigued by this unique recipe. The only negative comment that I read was that they “weren’t the most attractive looking muffins”.

Savory Muffins with Ham, Feta and Fresh Basil

I’m a firm believer in the concept that we taste with our eyes before the food ever reaches our mouths, so I was challenged to come up with a way to make them beautiful. I tossed around a few ideas, checked out my pantry and finally decided to dress the muffins up a bit with a sprinkle of toasted, salted pumpkin seeds. I also gave them a light brush of butter as they emerged from the oven for a little sheen and extra flavor. The results? Fabulous! Both to look at and to eat! You definitely want to make them!

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Savory Muffins with Ham, Feta and Fresh Basil

With ham, Feta and fresh basil, this unique savory muffin is perfect for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner!

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  • Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 cup tiny frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup crumbled bacon or diced ham
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup salted toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter, for brushing

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F . Line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake papers.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and stir to combine. Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

3. Combine the eggs and milk in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.

4. Pour the milk mixture into the center of the dry ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. Fold in the peas, ham (or bacon), feta and basil.

5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups, diving the batter evenly, filling until about 2/3 full. Sprinkle each muffin with 1 generous tablespoon of pumpkin seeds. Press gently with the back of your spoon to adhere the seeds to the batter. Bake for 25-30 mins or until golden and spring slightly to the touch. Remove from oven and brush the tops of each muffin lightly with the 2 teaspoons of melted butter. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for five minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes

Serve these muffins with plain butter or honey butter. For honey butter,  take a stick of softened butter and add 1-2  tablespoons honey. Mix well and transfer to a pretty serving dish. A wonderful combination!


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