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Savory Muffin Recipes

Updated on July 05, 2015
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History of Muffins

Muffins are believed to have originated in Europe and were traditionally made using yeast. But as it made its way into North America people stopped using yeast in their muffins.

Some claim the word muffin evolved from the French word moufflet.

Muffins became such a popular food in America that Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota officially declared having its own muffin to represent its state.

Massachusetts took on the corn muffin, New York the apple muffin and Minnesota the blueberry muffin.

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Tips for making muffins

  • Do not mix the batter too much as your muffins will turn hard and not have the texture a muffin should have. The muffin will also have holes in it because of over mixing. The batter should be of a chunky consistency.
  • Mix the dry ingredients separately in a bowl and the wet ingredients separately in another bowl before combining both together. This ensures all ingredients will be evenly distributed.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to spoon your batter into the muffin cups as this will ensure the muffins will be baked evenly. Fill the batter only ¾ full of the muffin cup. This will allow the batter to rise as it bakes giving it a nice round shape at the top.


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Tips For removing Muffins

To ensure easy removal of the muffin from the cup:

  • Let the muffin cool for awhile while still inside the cup.
  • Place the muffin cups in a tray of water for 3-5 minutes.

How To Make Muffins

Savory muffins

Savory muffins can be made with cheese, ham, herbs and spices.

The following savory muffin recipes are both delicious and easy to make and are ideal to be served as side dishes or with soups.

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Parmesan Muffins

  • Flour - 2 cups
  • Grated Parmesan cheese - ¾ cup
  • Sugar - 2 teaspoons
  • Baking powder - 2 teaspoons
  • Italian herb seasoning - 2 teaspoons
  • Baking soda - ½ teaspoon
  • Salt - ½ teaspoon
  • Chopped cilantro leaves or chopped basil - ½ cup
  • Milk - 1 ¼ cups
  • Olive oil - ¼ cup
  • 1 egg

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 12 (2 ½ inch) muffin cups.

Mix the flour, cheese, baking powder, seasoning, baking soda, salt and cilantro leaves or basil leaves in a large bowl. Set aside.

Take another bowl and beat the milk, oil and egg. Add the flour mixture to this.

Spoon into muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes.

To check to see if the muffins are done insert a toothpick into the center of the muffin.

If the toothpick comes out clean then the muffin is ready.


How to Make Banana Muffins

Ham and Cheese Muffins

  • Butter – ¼ cup
  • Minced onion – ½ cup
  • Minced green bell pepper – ¼ cup
  • Minced garlic – 1 clove
  • Flour – 2 cups
  • Baking powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Diced ham – 1 cup (4 ounces)
  • Grated Cheddar cheese – ½ cup

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 12 (2 ½ inch) muffin cups.

Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion, minced bell pepper, and garlic and cook while stirring until slightly brown. Set aside.

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl.Set aside.

In another bowl beat the milk and eggs. Add the milk and egg mixture, the ham and cheese along with the cooked onion, bell pepper and garlic including any drippings from the pan into the flour mixture.

Spoon into muffin cups and for 30 minutes.

To check to see if the muffins are done insert a toothpick into the center of the muffin.

If the toothpick comes out clean then the muffin is ready.

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How to Make Classic Bran Muffins

Cheese muffins

  • Flour – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Baking powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Pepper powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon
  • Milk – 1 ¼ cups
  • Olive oil – ¼ cup
  • Egg – 1
  • Grated Cheddar cheese – 1 cup (4 ounces)

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease 12 (2 ½ -inch) muffin cups. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, pepper and salt in large bowl. Set aside.

Beat the milk, oil and egg in a separate bowl. Stir the flour mixture into this.

Fold into the mixture ¾ of the grated cheese.

Spoon into muffin cups and sprinkle the balance ¼ of the grated cheese on top of each muffin.

Bake for 20 minutes.

The tops of the baked muffins should have a light brown color to it.

Cool on wire racks before serving.


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Corn Muffins

  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Cornmeal – ¾ cup
  • Wheat bran cereal – ¼ cup
  • Baking powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Salt – 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Baking soda – ½ teaspoon
  • Sour cream – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Honey – ¼ cup
  • Melted butter – ¼ cup

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease 12 (2 ½ -inch) muffin cups.

Combine flour, cornmeal, bran, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl beat the butter and eggs first and then the sour cream and honey. Fold the flour mixture into this.

Spoon into muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes and cool on wire rack. Serve warm.


How to Make Blueberry Muffins

Cheese and pepperoni muffins

  • Pepperoni – ½ pound cut into ¼ inch cubes
  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Cornmeal – 1 cup
  • Baking powder – 4 teaspoons
  • Salt ½ teaspoon
  • Red pepper flakes – 1/8 teaspoon
  • Eggs – 2 slightly beaten
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Vegetable oil – ¼ cup
  • Grated cheese – ½ cup (2 ounces)
  • Diced green bell pepper – ¼ cup

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease muffin cups.

Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper flakes in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl beat the eggs, milk and oil. Add this to the flour mixture and add the pepperoni, cheese and bell peppers.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups.

Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove and cool on wire racks or serve warm.

© 2011 Suranee Perera

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      malhota 5 years ago from Portugal

      Thank's for the recipes. I just do sweet cupcakes but I want to try those ones. Regards

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Hello Malhota. Thank you so much. That's wonderful you will try out the recipes. I enjoy cupcakes too, especially the ones made with almonds and chocolate chips.

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      malhota 5 years ago from Portugal

      Those are delicious! Do you like orange and chocolate? Try making this ones: make a regular vanilla cupcake recipe but instead of vanilla extract use orange juice or essence, and put a dark chocolate frosting on top. I garantee, they are delicious..... :)

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      I will definitely try out the orange and chocolate cupcake recipe Malhota. Sure sounds yummy:) Thank you so much for the recipe :)

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      instantlyfamily 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips and recipes. I will be trying the corn muffins soon!

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Instantlyfamily. Hope you enjoy the corn muffins. They are quite delicious and goes well with stew:)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for these ideas/recipes. I can easily use soy cheese or goat cheese as substitutions in these, where many recipes are difficult to alter for the cow milk allergy.

      This is a nice gift today! Voted up.

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Hello RTalloni. Thank you. Soy cheese and goat cheese sounds like a good substitute. I must try soy cheese in the cheese muffins the next time I make it. I would love to try goat cheese but have yet to find any here although fresh goat's milk is readily available. Thank you again and wish you a Merry Christmas :)

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Wow savory muffins never crossed my mind. I guess I must live under a rock or something. I will be trying out the parmesan one for sure. Added to favorites!

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Kikalina. The Parmesan muffins are one of my favorites. You are sure to enjoy it. Merry Christmas :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I never made savoury muffins either, so they will make a nice change. The ham and cheese sounds nice.

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Hello Rosemay50. Savory muffins are a good substitute for bread rolls. The ham and cheese is quite delicious. Thank you for visiting. Merry Christmas :)

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      How many muffins will the parmesan recipe make?

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Hello Kikalina. It makes about 12 muffins if you are using the large muffin cups and about 36 if you're using miniature muffin cups :)

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      thanks

      i will be trying it out today :)

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      That's great Kikalina :)The combination of herbs and Parmesan gives an incredible flavor to these muffins :)

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Did them today! Fantastic. I tried to parmesan and added some chopped olives because I was low on basil. Everyone loved them!!!

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      That's wonderful Kikalina :) Thank you for the tip about the olives. I'm really happy the muffins came out well and was enjoyed by everyone who tried it :)

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Ok call me obsessed or something but I had to try the Parmesan cupcakes again. This time, I cut them open in half and spread cream cheese. They were still hot when I did it so it melted really nicely. YUMM!

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Does sound yummy Kikalina :) Will definitely try the Parmesan muffins with cream cheese next time I make it:)

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      BakingBread-101 4 years ago from Nevada

      Sounds delicious. Looks delicious. Would somebody PLEASE try them and let me know -- I'm deathly allergic to pork and cannot try them. But they sure look good.

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      Suranee Perera 4 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      You can use chicken ham in the 'Ham and Cheese Muffin recipe' and chicken sausages as a substitute for pepperoni. Pepperoni is really hard to find at the supermarkets here in Sri Lanka so I use chicken sausages instead. Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting BakingBread-101.

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      BakingBread-101 4 years ago from Nevada

      Just so everybody has a heads up -- most chicken sausages have a pork casing. But I may try these using cubed chicken!

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