Cheese, Herb and Bacon Muffins – Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week UK

Cheese, Herb and Bacon Muffin

 

This week in the UK it’s  Bacon Connoisseurs’  Week organised by The Red Tractor Association. If you like food it will mean a lot – and I do. Niamh Shields from Eat Like A Girl is hosting two Bacon Masterclasses in London to celebrate.  So here goes,  polling some random Foodies I know top bacon dishes:

1. Bacon Sandwich (Streaky Smoked Bacon in home-made white bread untoasted)

2. Marcella Hazan’s 4 hr Ragu with Streaky Smoked Bacon replacing Pancetta

3. Veal/Turkey Meatloaf wrapped in Streaky Smoked Bacon with a tomato sauce

4. Grating a chunk of smoked streaky bacon with a cheese grater or fruit peeler into fine slices lenghthways. Frying and adding to soups, pasta dishes, chicken pies.

5. Cheese, Herb and Bacon Muffins (made with, yes, you’ve guessed it Streaky Smoked Bacon) with lots of fresh herbs and a certain English Mustard to give them a bit of a Kick!

* it’s also great wrapped round cod and haddock and baked in the oven with fresh herbs

 

Major UK retailers recently announced a shift/decline in processed meals. There is a good reason why more and more people are opting or trying to opt to cooking from scratch and knowing the source of their food. Do  your bit if you can! There are lots of small, specialist food producers throughout the UK, they are not expensive and your food will have been tended and nurtured with so much care than produce shifted through the big chains (no matter what they say!).

The thing about bacon is that if you buy the good stuff i.e. responsibly produced and sourced  you can seriously taste the difference. Watching and smelling it as it cooks is another giveaway i.e. the better the welfare of the animals the better the taste/smell. Although it might cost a bit more, if you are strategic it will go so much further in terms of taste and body to different dishes. I defy you to say it wasn’t worth it. Without further ado: here is my marvellous recipe for Cheese, Herb and Bacon Muffins. They are ideal as a breakfast and lunch snack, particularly good at  lunches i.e. lunch box or portable i.e. picnics, train journeys and perfect with evening meals with either lots of cheese or a fabulous home-made soup like Butternut Squash. It is a great combination and they are very filling.

 

Recipe: Marvellous Cheese, Herb and Bacon Muffins

Makes 12 Muffins

Oven 190C or 170C for Fan assisted ovens

Prep Time: 15mins

Baking Time: 20-25mins depending on your oven

You need:

Muffin Cases/Greaseproof Paper

 

Ingredients

4 slices of good streaky bacon

125g good quality British cheddar cheese grated (large shredder)

275g self-raising flour

75g unsalted butter

Handful of finely chopped parsley/chives or a combination

2 medium or large free range eggs

200ml milk (semi, skimmed or full whatever your prefer)

1 teaspoon of Colman’s English Mustard or other superior British mustard

4 sundried tomatoes or 2 oven roasted tomatoes with basil (if you’ve had the time). Chop either into several small pieces

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

Muffin Cases/Greaseproof Paper

 

You need to:

1.  Sieve self-raising flour, add other dry ingredients (cheese, parsley/chives, sugar, salt, and chopped cooked streaky bacon)

2. Combine eggs, milk, melted butter and tsp of english mustard until blended and consistent colour i.e. will resemble custard colour

3.  Add blended ingredients in 2 above to 1 above. It will be a rough wet mixture

4. Use a muffin tray and if you don’t want to buy expensive muffin cases (I don’t) make your own with greaseproof paper a la Jamie Oliver’s Recipease) i.e. cut into strips usually you can get three out of each strip. Best ones are those that stretch out of the case and look ridiculously large but remember, they do rise!

5. Add mixture to the case/paper in the muffin case. Add some sun-dried or oven roasted tomato and add some more mixture. You can if you like add some more cheddar on the top however probably not necessary.

Muffin Mixture Uncooked

6. Bake for 20-25 mins and use a skewer to check they are cooked through.

7. Remove and cool on  a baking tray.

8.  Enjoy! These are fabulous toasted with extra butter.

 

This is not a sponsored post. My favourite pork butcher travels all the way from Dunmow to Battersea every Saturday with a range of pork products from a small farm called Prior’s Hall. There are lots of different types of bacon but smoked streaky is definitely the one I would opt for every time in terms  of  flavour, texture and versatility.

two slices of Priors Hall Smoked Streaky Bacon

However, it really is a very personal choice.  And, you won’t know unless you try! What would you recommend?

 

muffin half

I’m entering this into Javelin Warrior’s Made With Love Monday’s as it’s a recipe created, made and eaten with love and Karen from Lavender and Lovage  Herbs on Saturday hosted by London Busy Body



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12 Responses to "Cheese, Herb and Bacon Muffins – Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week UK"

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  1. Javelin Warrior

    March 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I would choose smoked bacon anytime :D These muffins sound delicious and I love the combination of bacon with cheddar. The two are born to be best friends… And chives just enhance both flavors… Thanks so much for sharing these delicious muffins with Made with Love Mondays and welcome to the series!

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    • ella

      March 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Pleasure love the concept of Made with Love Mondays and the other recipes featured!

      Reply
  2. London Busy Body

    March 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    That sounds good! Thanks for entering it in Herbs on Saturday this month.

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    • ella

      March 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      thanks, lovely theme as I love cooking with herbs

      Reply
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  5. Susanna

    April 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Those look WONDERFUL. x

    Reply
    • ella

      April 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      they are DELICIOUS

      Reply
  6. anyonita

    April 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Hi,
    I followed your link on Brit Mums! These look absolutely divine! I have a arecipe for bacon jam over on my blog that you might like! :) Also, I have a link party on Tuesdays & would love it if you linked this up tomorrow! :)

    Reply
    • ella

      April 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      thanks I will have a look x

      Reply
  7. anyonita

    April 16, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Thank you so much for submitting this recipe to the Tasty Tuesday’s link party! :) This week’s link party has just been submitted! Be sure to check out who’s been featured; you might be very happy!

    Reply
    • ella

      April 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Hi Anyonita, thanks lovely to be featured. Will come over tomorrow and have a good look x

      Reply

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