My never ending quest to make lunchtimes more interesting continues and as it's the start of the term and I'm not exhausted from all of the early mornings, yet. I thought it might be a good time to try some new things.
Cameron is a creature of habit and would quite happily go to school with a cheese and pesto sandwich every day of the week but I keep trying to encourage a bit of variety.
A few weeks ago I found some notes I had made about cheese muffins and then when I was making onion jam this week, I wondered whether it would be possible to make cheese muffins with a gooey chutney-type centre - what a great idea for packed lunches! I did a bit of experimenting and they turned out to be ridiculously moreish. Here's what I came up with:
Cheese & Chutney Muffins
175g plain flour
120g cheese, grated
60ml cooking oil (I used sunflower)
1 tablespoon mustard
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
half a teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
Chutney/onion jam/Branston Pickle (I used onion jam)
Preheat the oven to 200 Centigrade.
Line a muffin tin with muffin cases.
Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the grated cheese.
In a separate bowl beat the egg, milk, oil and mustard together until combined.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry mixture until just combined - don't overwork (it doesn't matter if the mixture is still a bit lumpy).
Spoon tablespoons of mixture into the muffin cases and spread out so that the entire bottom of the case is covered in mixture.
Place a scant teaspoon of chutney into the centre of the muffin case.
Spoon the remaining mixture over the top of the chutney trying to keep the chutney contained in the centre, where possible.
Bake for 18-25 minutes until springy when pressed and starting to gain a nice crust on top.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes before eating - hot chutney burns!
My next trick will be to see whether or not these freeze well as I think it would be wonderful to be able to pull them out of the freezer the night before as part of an easy to make packed lunch. I'll let you know how I get on.