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it’s a good day for hibernating.. and making bacon & cheddar muffins

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That amount of snow right after Groundhog Day just seems excessive, doesn’t it? It’s definitely a good day to be a cat. Right in front of the fire is prime real estate today.

The tall kid is at her Aunt and Uncle’s place and the dad has gone off to a Super Bowl party in Toronto. That just leaves me, the animals and the small squeaky kid. I made us some bacon and cheddar muffins for a lunch treat – they were a bit of an experiment and turned out quite well. They taste good while still warm and I’m counting on the kids liking them cold in their lunchpails tomorrow.

These are easy and quick to make if you keep some chopped and cooked bacon ready in the freezer. We always have some available – it makes assembling pastas, salads and muffins like these a cinch, rather than a long and splattery process.

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Bacon and Cheddar Muffins

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded old cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (~6 strips)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried chives (or use 2 tbsp fresh chopped chives)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs

To brush on top of finished muffins:

  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Whisk together the dry ingredients; stir in bacon and cheddar.

In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil, maple syrup, sour cream and eggs; pour over dry ingredients. Stir together just until moistened.

Spoon into well-greased muffin cups. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until tops are firm to the touch and muffins are golden. Brush tops of muffins with the melted butter and maple syrup mixture.

Allow to cool for a few minutes, remove from muffin tin and serve warm. They will store well in fridge or freezer, just reheat to serve.

Makes 12 large muffins.

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breakfast bacon and cheddar mini-popovers

These are a very quick popover to make for breakfast or for kid’s lunchpails. I was the only one up early on Sunday morning, so I had these ready by the time the rest of the house had stumbled downstairs. It’s a standard Yorkshire pudding/popover recipe with added chopped bacon and cheddar cheese. You can also add in a few tablespoons of fresh chopped chives or green onion, but it was raining yesterday morning, so I stuck to the basics – I wasn’t venturing out in the rain in my pyjamas for green stuff. This is very quick to make, especially if you keep cooked and crumbled bacon in the freezer.

According to the original recipe that I’ve always used, the crumbled bacon and cheese is supposed to be sprinkled over the top – but I just fold it into the batter. I make mine in a mini-muffin tin, but you can make larger popovers in normal size muffin tins, just adjust the baking time.

Bacon Cheddar Mini-Popovers

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp of green onion or chives (optional) or 1/2 – 1 tsp of garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar (sharp cheddar is nice)
  • 3-4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease your muffin tins (I use a Misto oil sprayer filled with vegetable oil). This recipe made 24 mini-popovers, or should make 12 normal muffin size popovers.

Beat together the eggs, milk and oil. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, cheese, bacon and any herbs or seasonings that you like (I used about 1/2 tsp garlic powder this time because I couldn’t get outside for green onion or chives). Mix dry ingredients into wet, but only until wet. Do not overmix.

Fill your greased and floured muffin tins 2/3 full of batter.Cook for ~15 minutes, or until browned for mini-popovers, and between 25-30 minutes for larger popovers.

** If you want sky-high popovers with lots of air pockets, sprinkle the toppings on top instead of into the batter. I like them incorporated. They are still light and have lots of air pockets, but will not have as much height as normal popovers.

Linked to A Pinch of Joy, Frugally Sustainable, A Delightlful Home, Simple Lives Thursday, Growing Home

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