Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Savoury Cheese and Biltong Muffins

I absolutely love cheese muffins. This recipe includes a little biltong powder to emphasise the South African in me, but you don’t have to put it in if you are having a vegetarian moment.


1 muffin trays
1 cupcake cases, large



400g self-raising flour
1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs
20g biltong powder/or tiny diced cubes (Biltong is a traditional dry meat)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
125g grated cheddar
60g grated gruyere
140g feta
100g butter, cubed
2 spring onions, finely sliced
1 egg
500ml buttermilk
½ cup milk


Preheat the oven to 180̊C.

  • Mix together the flour, biltong powder, seasoning, cheeses and spring onions.

  • Stir in the milks and the egg until just combined.

  • Place the cupcake cases in the muffin tray and fill with the mixture to the top.

  • Bake for 25 minutes until golden, take out of the oven and allow to cool.

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