Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Popeye Spinach & Feta Muffins




Easy as 1, 2, 3 - I've found the easiest recipe for what I've named "Popeye Spinach & Feta Muffins". You could probably convince yourself this is healthy, seeing as it includes spinach and honestly, whatever soothes your soul. All I know, this is a quick and filling comfort food that is perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast or a mid-afternoon savoury snack with a cappuccino.

TIPS: 
  • Using fresh spinach is advisable rather than frozen spinach. 
  • Make sure your oven is preheated and your muffin pan has been greased well. I used Spray & Cook rather than muffin holders, simply because I usually don't have any on hand! 
  • The recipe is adaptable so feel free to add peppadews, pitted black olives, a variety of cheese toppings and cherry tomatoes. 
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes 

INGREDIENTS: Yields 12 muffins
  • 2 cups white flour (sifted)
  • 2 tsp Royal baking powder
  • 1 tsp fine salt 
  • 1 cup whole milk 
  • 1/2 cup oil 
  • 2 fresh eggs 
  • 2 feta rounds (I prefer Clover feta, plain)
  • 2 cups spinach finely chopped 
METHOD: 
  •  Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Grease muffin pan with Spray & Cook or line with paper holders.
  • In a deep bowl, add sifted white flour, baking powder and salt. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil, eggs until smooth and combined. 
  • Add chopped spinach and cubed feta to the liquid in ingredients and lightly mix together. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and lightly combine. Do not over work this mixture. 
  • Spoon mixture into the muffin pan, bearing in mind that the muffins will rise during the baking process. Ensure that each spoonful has enough feta and add more to the topping if required. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and a skewer is inserted to come off non sticky. 
  • Remove from oven when done and let cool on a wire rack. 
 I usually slice these in halves, smother in rich butter and nibble in front of the TV watching Masterchef Australia because what else? Super fancy!

Let me know if you've tried this and what you would add to make it even more fabulous and indulgent!

Love, 
Yo Homi.

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