Happy Sunday! Your eyes are not deceiving you and don't bother to check your calendar thinking you have missed a day. It is indeed a muffin recipe a day early. Because this is a special week here at Food Lust People Love. IT'S CHRISTMAS WEEK! Which means that I have joined with a group of like-minded bloggers to bring you prizes to win from our generous sponsors and loads of great Christmasy recipes. We'll have sweet and we'll have savory but we'll all have delicious! It starts tomorrow so come on back and I hope to see you munching one of these wonderful cheesy broccoli muffins as you sign up for the giveaways!
3 1/2 oz or 100g fresh broccoli florets
Drizzle olive oil
2 cups or 250g flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Few good grinds of fresh black pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon)
8 1/2 oz or 240g extra sharp cheddar
1/4 cup or 60ml sunflower or canola oil
3/4 cup or 180ml milk
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (We prefer Lea & Perrins.)
Cut your broccoli florets into tiny florets and chop the stem bits into small pieces. Pan-fry them in a non-stick pan with a drizzle of olive oil for a just a few minutes. Set aside to cool.
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and grease your 12-cup muffin pan liberally with canola, butter or non-stick spray. I don’t recommend using muffin liners when baking with cheese because the muffins are hard to remove from the paper.
Grate your cheese. Put aside a large handful of about one ounce or 25g for topping the muffins. When the broccoli is cool enough to handle, count out 12 small florets for decorating the muffin tops and set aside with the handful of cheese.
Put your flour, baking powder, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add in the grated cheese and stir.
Now add the bulk of the cooled broccoli and stir to combine.
In another bowl, whisk together the oil, milk and eggs and Worcestershire sauce.
Pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold them together until just mixed. This is a really stiff batter, almost a dough. But trust. When the muffins bake, all that cheese is going to melt and you will end up with lovely tender muffins.
Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
Top each with some reserved cheese and a tiny floret of broccoli.
Bake in your preheated oven about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool on a rack for a few minutes and then remove the muffins from the pan to cool completely. If, despite liberal greasing, your muffins still stick to the pan, just run a knife around the outside of each muffin and they should pop free.
Enjoy! See you back here tomorrow for the start of Christmas Week!