November 25, 2014

Feta, basil & scallion muffins

I love  feta and try to experiment with it, when ever I find a good recipe. Recently I picked up a very good baking book "Ovenly" by  Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin and found an absolutely delicious recipe with feta. I jumped and decided to make right away. Here's a recipe and my pictures. I know, we did not used to savory muffins, but they are good with wine, beer, fruits. I love them and will make again and again.

Feta, basil & scallion muffins

Yield: 12 muffins (medium size)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 & 1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ( I used 1 garlic clove, minced)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup crumbled feta
4 scallions, washed, root ends trimmed and finely chopped
8 fresh basil leaves, chopped into thin strips (I used chopped parsley because Yiddishe mama does not like basil)
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
Sea salt, paprika and red pepper flakes for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease the wells of 12-cup muffins tin with softened butter or nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt. Whisk in feta, scallions and  basil. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together whole milk, canola oil and eggs until smooth.

Add flour mixture to the mill-egg mixture. Using wooden spoon or large spatula, stir together until just combined.

Portion out the batter into the wells of the prepared muffin tin, using a large spoon or cookie scoop. fill each well about 3/4 full.

Sprinkle the tops of each muffins with a pinch of sea salt, paprika and red pepper flakes. Bakes about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of few muffins comes out clean.

My recipes with feta:

1. Feta cheese straws

2. Feta cheese buns

3. Roasted beet salad with barley and feta

4. Flaky Turkish feta turnovers

5. Summer garder pasta salad with feta nad olives

6. Tuna salad with feta and nuts

7. Cornbread for Khrushchev

8. Greek spinach dip

9. Greek salad with heirloom tomatoes

10. Avocado cucumber tomato salad

11. Warm sweet pepper salad

12. Mediterranean tuna spread

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