May 03, 2007

MMMmmarvelous Muffins

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Is there anything bacon can’t do? I’ll tell you one thing it can and that’s make a mean muffin! Elena of Experiments is the creator of Muffin Monday and for the second round she proposed ‘Unique and Unusual Muffins that make you go Ooooh,’ as the theme. It wasn’t until yesterday that I finally thought of what kind of muffin to make and it wasn’t until today that I actually made them. Then I looked up the due date for entries. Apparently Muffin Monday II was over a week ago, the round up’s already been posted and I’m considerably late to the party. But the Bacon and Cheddar muffins demanded to be posted and they fit the category so well that I had to put them up.


I’ve completely given up on store bought bacon, homemade is the way to go. There’s no comparison between the flavour and it’s not hard to make either. The only downside is that I’ve become obsessed with adding bacon to everything and trying to create new dishes that revolve around bacon, (is that even a downside? I guess it adds to my crazy factor). I’m beginning to question whether or not there’s anything that can’t be improved by the addition of bacon. After the bacon brittle and these bacon muffins, I’m getting closer and closer to making bacon ice cream. It definitely has potential. I think it could be especially good as a scoop on top of cheddar waffles…


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Bacon and Cheddar Muffins (Adapted from Magnificent Muffins Cookbook)


1 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ cup cornmeal

1 T baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ tsp sweet smoked paprika

1 ¼ cups extra old cheddar, coarsely grated + extra for the tops of the muffins

3 thick slices of bacon, (preferably homemade… go buy Charcuterie)

1 cup milk

1/3 cup pumpkin puree


Preheat oven to 425F and line 12 muffin cups with papers.

Cut bacon into small pieces and fry until crisp. Drain and cool.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, cornmeal, baking soda, salt, paprika, cheddar and bacon.

In a separate bowl lightly beat the egg and then add milk and pumpkin puree and mix together.

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until uniformly combined.

Fill muffin cups, then sprinkle each muffin top with a pinch of sugar and a pinch of cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.


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27 comments:

Virtual Frolic said...

Well - I know what I'll be making this weekend. Cheddar AND bacon..drool

Pepper said...

lol, I have been using bacon in 2/3 of my cooking projects lately - we get really good, intense bacon here in China. Cheese is not that great and very, very expensive though, sigh. These look great with a soup, either cream or tomato based...

Meeta said...

Who cares if you are late ... I am just glad you still posted this! Bacon and Cheddar is a match made in heaven. Bril, it's breakfast time here and I want one!!

K & S said...

bacon and cheese...great combo!

Kelly-Jane said...

They look so good, I've not had breakfast yet, and my tummy is rumbling with the very thought!

pom d'api said...

It's true !!! Your muffins is very mervellouse with bacon and cheese. Very good idear

Lydia said...

These would be perfect with tomato soup -- a combination of tastes from my childhood.

Cheryl said...

My little Bacon Princess, these are just as magnificent as all of your other bacon creations.

I never pass the bacon section of the store without thinking of you.

Lis said...

Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about! So yummy!! And MY GOD could they be any prettier?? xoxo

aria said...

hahaha, you are a fearless bacon maker! i totally agree, bacon is so delicious, adg arg!! these look awesome :)

Kristen said...

A delicious and savory muffin. I am starving now! Do they ship well? :)

Sara said...

The only thing bacon can't do is make me skinny.

Charise said...

Just the picture is making my tummy growl, and I just finished lunch an hour ago! mmmm, bacon1 and cheese!

Paul said...

These look great! I like the use of pumpkin for a little sweetness.

gilly said...

Great savoury muffin, Bri! I like the addition of pumpkin too!

Anuhea said...

I know I haven't commented in a while and let me say that those Maple Meringues look absolutely darling. Just like little clouds. Now in regard to these muffins, they sound like a great idea, but I'm not a big Bacon person. :(

Heather said...

you crak me up with the bacon antics. can't wait to see what you add bacon to next.

Elle said...

Well, there goes the diet Brilynn. Happy smile on face as I typed that :) Bring on the bacon!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Bri, I just got home after spending the entire afternoon taking a new ID, a new driver's license and others (I had to get them again now with my husband's last name added) and I'm cold, and tired, and bored and STARVING!!! And tou come up with these??? Being half a planet away???
I'm not talking to you anymore. ;)
xx

Peabody said...

You know I am a sucker for bacon. YUM!!!

Helene said...

I think the brioche needs to move over this weekend. I am so making these sunday morning!

Little Foodie said...

Yummy yummy yummy. We have cheese scones in England (much more dense than muffins) I bet they would be gorgeous with bacon added. As for bacon icecream, yep I could go for that. Amanda

Amy said...

Mmm I love bacon and cheddar. What a wonderful combination for a savory muffin. Yum!

rob said...

Brilynn, those look fantastic. (I love Charcuterie, by the way.) I think I'll have to give homemade bacon a try. By the way, molecular gastronomy has seen to it that smoked bacon and egg ice cream is already a reality. Clement, from A la Cuisine, has posted about it. His post includes a link to the recipe, which includes 24 egg yolks!

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MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I'm with you on these muffins and bacon & cheddar! Wow, these look great.

Anonymous said...

How many eggs???

Brilynn said...

Just 1 egg, I fixed the recipe now!