Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 14 - Pumpkin and Feta Muffins


I know, I know.

Its another recipe with feta.

But I really like feta... and it's my blog...so I can do as I please!

And this recipe has pumpkin in it, which is in keeping with the 31 Day Halloween Challenge!

I got this great recipe from the website 101 Cookbooks. I was introduced to it by my Auntie Margy (HI MARGY!) Her daughter recommend it to her, her mom to me, and now I pass the knowledge on to you! The website is a collection recipes from the authors 100+ cookbooks, life experiences, and imagination. It is a great source for vegetarian and ultra healthy recipes.

Pumpkin Feta Muffins
Recipe courtesy of 101 Cookbooks

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups / 9 oz / 255g cubed pumpkin or butternut squash, 1/2-inch cubes
salt and pepper to taste

1 large handful of baby spinach, chopped


2 tablespoons chopped parsley or cilantro

3 tablespoons sunflower seeds kernels

3/4 cup / 1 oz / 30g freshly grated Parmesan

100g / 3.5 oz / 1/2 cup cubed feta
2 teaspoons
whole-grain mustard

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup / 180 ml milk

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder

1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
Directions:
1.    Preheat oven to 405F / 200C, with rack in the top third. Use the butter to grease a 12-hole muffin pan and set aside.
2.    Sprinkle the olive oil and some salt and pepper over the squash. Toss well and turn onto a baking sheet or roasting pan. Arrange in a single layer and bake for 15 - 25 minutes or until cooked through entirely. Set aside to cool.
3.    Transfer two-thirds of the squash to a large mixing bowl along with the spinach, parsley, sunflower seeds, Parmesan, two-thirds of the feta, and all of the mustard. Gently fold together. In a separate bowl beat the eggs and milk together and add to the squash mix. Sift the flour and baking powder onto the squash mix, top with the salt and a generous dose of freshly ground black pepper and fold together just until the batter comes together, be careful not to over mix.
4.    Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, filling each hole 3/4 full, top each muffin with a bit of the remaining squash and feta (see photo up above). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops and sides of the muffins are golden, and the muffins have set up completely. Let cool for a couple minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack. I like these muffins cooled a bit, served just warmer than room temperature.
Makes 12 muffins. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I've got this in the oven right now, but I made it from frozen spinach and canned pumpkin and raw pumpkin seeds. I'll let you know how it turns out. Smells good so far.
    just got them out and they are delicious, but the kids hated them- probably have to add a cup of sugar for them to like it!

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