Quick & Easy Cheese Muffins

Sorry folks, this is another delicious cheesy, carby snack. On Thursday I had planned on having an early dinner and, since I’d had a late breakfast too, I decided to just skip lunch. Then my plans changed and I ended up eating dinner at our usual time (between 8:30 and 9pm) so I got really hungry around 5pm.

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I try not to keep snacks in the house so my options were limited and, of course, by the time I paid attention to my hunger I was starving, freezing, tired and feeling too lazy to go to the shop. Somehow the idea of cheese baked into carbs was enough to motivate me to bake, though, so I threw together this super quick and lazy recipe for cheese muffins. I even measured in cups, that’s how lazy I was feeling!

Ingredients (makes about 4 standard sized muffins or 2 as pictured):

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 stick (2 oz) butter
  • 2 cups (about 3 oz) grated cheddar

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Lazy also means minimum washing up, this just uses 1 bowl and whatever you decide to bake the muffins in. It’s deliberately a pretty small portion to avoid needing a whole muffin tin (and to make sure I didn’t have enough left to indulge for days). If you use paper cases you’ll only have to wash 1 bowl and 1 spoon. I baked mine in ramekins because they fit in my dishwasher but my muffin tray doesn’t.

Preheat your oven to 400F and start by melting the butter, 30 seconds in the microwave is quickest and easiest. Add the flour, then the egg and baking powder and mix together with the milk. Finally stir in the cheese and spoon the mixture into your baking vessel. Baking time does depend on how large you made your muffins but 15 – 20 minutes should do, mine took 20.

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Allow them to cool at least a little before devouring them! They’ll also store in an airtight container for a few days quite happily. You could easily add cooked, chopped bacon to them to make a perfect breakfast to-go, I’m also wondering about the possibilities of baking a vegetable in the bottom, like butternut squash perhaps. I’ll let you know how that works out!

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