Author Jean Morrison
Feta And Sun Dried Tomato Muffins
Hayley and I adore Feta cheese. Ian and Jeremy aren't fond of it at all - it's far too salty for them. Good - all the more for Hayley and me to eat. The saltiness of the Feta and the slight chewiness of the sun dried tomatoes combine like magic.
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Quantity: 16 muffins
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100 gm semi sun dried tomatoes, chopped small
200 gm Feta cheese, diced small
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 rounded tablespoon baking powder
1 cup white plain flour
2 cups wholemeal plain flour
1 cup cold vegetable stock
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup olive oil
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Sieve flours and baking powder into a large bowl. Add tomatoes and spring onions. Beat stock, milk, oil and egg in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and beat on low speed with electric mixer. When just combined gently stir in the Feta using a metal spoon.
Spoon into greased muffin tins and sprinkle lightly with paprika.
Cook at 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20 - 25 minutes till golden and firm.
My muffin tins are quite large and this mixture makes me 16 muffins.
These muffins are quite hearty and are delicious served for lunch with a lovely home made soup.
Cheese is extremely popular due to its variety of tastes and textures. Some cheeses like Feta and mozzarella are mostly used in salads or on pizzas. Other cheeses, both hard and soft are perfect for cheese boards where their flavours can be truly appreciated. Cheeses contain valuable amounts of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals but some cheeses, particularly hard ones, are high in saturated fat. Cheeses fall into two categories - hard and unripened. Hard cheeses are generally matured for many months and their flavours develop over this time. Examples of hard cheeses are cheddar, Parmesan, goat's cheese, haloumi, Feta and mozzarella. Unripened cheeses are young and immature and they have a light, mild taste. Examples are ricotta, cottage, fromage frais, quark and cream cheese. Enjoy cheese but be aware of the fat content and the amount you consume.
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