Orange & Kale Muffins

This is a very sweet, delicious muffin with a nice, orange aroma which you can eat while telling yourself that you’re getting your dark, leafy greens in.

Kale is usually the sweetest at this time of the year and it likes the cold weather very much so don’t be afraid to buy it and make something delicious – like these muffins.

Just remember to remove the thick, hard stems of the kale because they tend to stay that hard and that’s not that nice in muffins.

 

orange and kale muffins

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup applesauce (can be replaced with oil)

1/4 cup rapeseed  oil

1/2 cup kale, finely chopped

zest of 1 orange

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

orange and kale muffins

In a bowl mix eggs, applesauce, oil, orange zest, sugar and milk until combined and smooth.

It’s ok if not all of the sugar has dissolved.

Add flour mixed with baking powder and salt and mix just to combine.

Add kale and fold it into the mixture.

orange and kale muffins

Fill 12 muffin cases and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Check with a cocktail stick.

 

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Banana & Kale Breakfast Muffins

banana & kale muffinsThis is a recipe for breakfast muffins featuring some yummy kale. They will not be very aerated and light because you have the banana, apple and kale but they are guaranteed to be delicious. I am only using 1/3 cup of sugar for this recipe which makes them sweeter than a slice of bread but definitely less sweet than a cake or a dessert muffin. So if you’d like some dessert muffins, go ahead and increase the sugar to half a cup. Or go with another one of my recipes for muffins. 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup rapeseed oil
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded kale (not packed)

 

banana & kale muffins

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl whisk banana, eggs, applesauce, oil, sugar and vanilla extract until fluffy. This mixture will never be too light because the banana is rather heavy.

In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder.

Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients while stirring with a spatula and alternating with milk.

At the end add kale and mix just to blend.

 

Bake for 25 minutes.
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Freaky Bready Red Wine Muffins

These are always in season. No need to worry about finding the produce in store, the wine will be there, waiting for you.

Why are they freaky? The red wine gives them an unusual texture and bread-like aroma that makes them interesting and you end up eating another and another because you can’t quite put your finger on what is so special about them. I use a sweet variety of red wine for those but you can try with dry varieties if you’re hardcore. And you can also add red food colouring to be fancy and make an impression. Have fun making these and don’t worry about getting drunk, all of the alcohol evaporates while in the oven, so you might end up with a drunk oven (mine never complained about this).

red wine muffins

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1/2 cup sweet red wine

1/2 cup milk

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

optional: red food colouring (two drops should be plenty)

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Yield: 12 muffins.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl, whisk eggs, oil, wine, milk and sugar until combined.

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Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix with a spatula until there are no more dry flour pockets.

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Do not continue mixing.

Pour into a 12 muffin tray and bake for 25 minutes.

red wine muffins

red wine muffins

Enjoy!

red wine muffins
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Cream Cheese Filled Muffins

These muffins are really something out of nothing. The ingredients are always in my cupboards and fridge and I know I can’t go wrong with this recipe. Sweet, comforting, with a little yummy sugar sprinkled on top – they disappear quickly. Storing them in the fridge brings out the best flavours from the cheese inside but they’ll be delicious in room temperature too. The more I look at these, the more I think they could play a major role in this year’s Halloween fare with some food colouring in all the right places. I’ll keep you posted anyway, as always!

In the meantime, enjoy these sweet, comforting little gems.

 

 

cream cheese muffins

Ingredients:

for muffins:

2 eggs

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1/4 cup applesauce (you can replace this with more oil if you have no applesauce)

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

3 tsp brown sugar to top

 

for filling:

1/2 cup cream cheese

3 Tbsp powdered sugar

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl mix eggs, oil, applesauce, milk and sugar with a whisk until smooth.

 

cream cheese muffins

Add flour, baking powder and vanilla essence and mix roughly until there are no more streaks of flour.

In a separate, small container mix cream cheese with powdered sugar until smooth.

 

cream cheese muffins

Fill a 12 muffin tray alternating between the muffin dough, cream cheese and top with more muffin dough.

 

cream cheese muffins

Sprinkle brown sugar on top and bake for 25 minutes.

 

cream cheese muffins

 

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Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Muffins

I promised to entertain a person who suddenly told me she had to be on a gluten free and milk free diet, due to her doctor’s instructions. I made it look like it was going to be no problem at all and only then went on to panic at home. I looked on Pinterest, on Yummly and a couple of other pages and I was just overwhelmed with possibilities. Many of them asked for types of flour I have never heard about and I was a little bit lost. Next day I went to my local grocery store to find one, sad gluten free flour mix, which was way overpriced. So off I went to my favourite location to shop for food: a store with goods imported from the Middle East. I buy all my spices there, delicious brown rice in 5kg bags and I frequently buy things I have never tried and google the solutions to them at home. I was never disappointed, a lot of those foods are really magical.

Back to my story though. I looked at their shelves and found a 1 1/2 kg bag of rice flour. I immediately knew that this is the amount and the type of stuff I’d be happy experimenting with.

I was prepared for these muffins to be too dense, gloopy and maybe chewy. They are none of these things. As you can see they raised very well and I promise you that the flavour is also great. I wanted to do a vanilla bean muffins just so that I could have a base gluten free recipe on hand whenever I need it. This is the result of a couple of experiments and this is the best one so far. I am sure it would be easy to modify it slightly in order to make a chocolate or fruit muffin. This queen, however is a vanilla bean!

 

gluten free muffins

 

Ingredients:

4 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/3 cup rice flour

1/2 cup applesauce

1/4 cup oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

seeds from 1/2 well scraped vanilla bean

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

 

gluten free muffins

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl whisk the eggs, sugar, applesauce and oil until smooth.

Add rice flour, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds, baking powder and salt and mix with a spatula.

Mix until there are no more dry pockets of flour but don’t overmix.

Pour into 12 muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes or until the cocktail stick comes out clean.

 

Enjoy!

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Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins

Whoever thought about combining lemon and poppy seed had a great idea. The zingy fresh flavour mixed with the darker flavour of poppy seeds never ceases to amaze me. They just go together so perfectly well!

As usual on my blog, these poppy puppies don’t require bringing out the heavy machinery, like mixers etc. Good old handheld whisk will do and you’ll have the most heavenly muffins in no time.

 

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Ingredients for 12 muffins:

2 eggs

1/2 cup oil

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

zest from half a lemon, approximately 1 1/2 tsp

1 Tbsp poppy seeds

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl whisk together eggs, oil, milk and sugar until smooth.

Add flour, baking powder, salt lemon zest and mix with a spatula.

Do not try to make the batter perfectly smooth, no need for that. These muffins will forgive you almost anything.

Add the poppy seeds and mix.

Fill 12 muffin cases and bake for 30 minutes.

 

If you are confused about zesting lemons and this is putting you off, here’s a one-minute explanation by Gordon Ramsay, because who doesn’t like to watch some Gordon?


Enjoy!

 

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Leftover Muesli & Rye Breakfast Muffins

Do you have any leftover muesli that nobody in your house wants to eat anymore and don’t know what to do with it?

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These muffins are a way to get rid of a portion of it anyway and will be eaten without a clue. These are also muffins made partially with wholemeal rye flour but the recipe will work if you want to replace it with wheat flour. I like the rye in them though. It makes them a little darker and gives you more fiber as well, which can be handy if you’re having them for your breakfast.

rye&muesli

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/4 cup applesauce (it can be replaced with oil, you know the drill)

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup wholemeal rye flour (finely ground)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup milk

4 Tbsp muesli

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl, whisk eggs, applesauce, oil and sugar until smooth.

Add both flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and mix with a spatula, while adding milk, until the mixture is well combined.

Add muesli and mix just to distribute.

Fill 12 muffin cases and bake for 30 minutes.

rye&muesli

Enjoy!

 

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Mushrooms & Peas Muffins

I came up with this recipe when away on holiday. I had a jar of mayo in the fridge and knew I had to use it before the holiday was over as bringing it on the plane seemed too crazy. These muffins are really nice and moist inside and are still delicious the next day, so do try them!

mushroom muffins

 

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup liquid reserved from the can of green peas

3 Tbsp green peas

4 mushrooms, halved and sliced

2 slices of cheese, cut into 6 pieces each to use as topping

1/2 tsp oregano

a pinch of black pepper

a pinch of dried nutmeg

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Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

Prepare a 12 hole muffin tray.

In a bowl mix eggs, mayonnaise, pepper, nutmeg and oregano.

In a separate container mix flour with salt and baking powder.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, add milk and the pea liquid and stir until just blended.

Add peas and mushroom slices and stir to distribute them evenly.

Bake for 25 minutes.

mushroom muffins

Enjoy!

 

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Layered Vanilla & Chocolate Muffins

Do you sometimes feel like making something complicated? Well, I do. Every once in a while I want to spend some more time over a cake or muffins, not just slapping it all together like I usually do. So here’s a recipe for layered chocolate and vanilla muffins. It keeps me entertained when I want to feed the dough into the cases with a teaspoon. 🙂 The result looks good and they are fun to make so… enjoy!

 

layered muffins

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1/4 cup applesauce (you can use oil instead of you have no applesauce on hand)

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

1tsp vanilla essence

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

layered muffins

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

In a bowl whisk eggs, oil, applesauce and milk. In a separate container mix flour with baking powder and sugar. Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add them to the wet ones. Mix everything together and once well combined, divide into two parts.

layered muffins

 

Add the cocoa into one bowl and the vanilla essence into the other. Mix and you have two colours ready for your muffins. Next, add one teaspoon of the vanilla dough into 12 muffin cases, top with one teaspoon of cocoa dough and repeat until you run out.

 

layered muffins

 

Bake for 25 minutes, check with a skewer.

Yummy with hot chocolate!

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Cheese Muffins for Lunch

This is a recipe for cheese muffins that can be taken in a lunch box to work. I like to eat them sliced and with salami or ham. I used partially the delicious Parmesan. Even though it’s expensive I always buy the real thing and never pre-grated. Parmesan loses its delicious aroma if it’s kept grated for a long time so I prefer to grate it myself. Also, a little Parmesan goes a long way, so I could easily top it up with some very mild tasting Norvegia, which is a Norwegian version of a Gouda-style cheese.

 

 

cheese muffins

 

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 c milk

2 eggs

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 cup tightly packed grated cheese, I used Parmesan and Norvegia which is a Norwegian cheese similar to Gouda; use what you like most

 

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

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In a bowl mix oil, milk and eggs with a spatula.

In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and dried thyme. Mix those well and then add to the wet ingredients.

Blend until there are no more pockets of dry flour.

Add cheese and mix again until evenly distributed.

 

cheese muffins

 

Bake for 25 minutes until the muffins are a golden colour.

cheese muffins

 

 

 

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