Food Corner: Pizza Muffins
On Jul 23, 2014
There’s so much that happened and there’s so much that didn’t. Whatever happened were beautiful learning experiences and whatever didn’t happen, I’ve tossed it out of my life forever and ever, Amen!
I also went on a brief holiday with the husband and did some serious reading and beading. Wow! That actually rhymes. The former activity saw me meandering through people’s lives through the eyes of the author or the biographer; the latter taught me that I still have a lot of perseverance and a quest and passion to learn more and started my own jewellery page, sold a few as well.
I also listened to the pitter patter of the rain like I’ve never listened before; watched a mother bird with her nestlings in a feeding frenzy, teaching them how to fly and observed perhaps the older sibling guarding the temporary makeshift nest (in that balcony) and its younger sibling when strangers came visiting their place while the mother bird was out searching for food.
I also listened to the howling of the winds against the sliding glass door of my bedroom balcony. I listened to the waves of the surging sea and felt goose pimples all over imagining how mighty nature truly is. I spent time with my nieces and my sister.
I listened to a tree filled with birds in my father’s yard. I watched a tarpaulin sheet placed over a recent grave heave up and down as I talked to my father leaning by the side of his grave in the cemetery. The movements were almost as if they were coordinated answers to my queries to my father, at least I would like to believe so. I learnt that we all can take meaningful choices about our lives that one could give up, give in or give it all you got. Knowing my personality, I chose the third.
And that third choice has lit this path and has taken me here to share yet another recipe done for my children and now I share that with you. My baking journey has reached such a point that the moment I wake up I need to whip up something and throw it into the oven and watch it rise and take shape. The texture, the aroma wafting in the kitchen, the colour, the fillings, the process and finally when someone buys your bakes just because they have tasted it before and they are your friends who wish you well and appreciate you ; just because they saw a picture that I displayed on my page that lured them, nothing more endearing than that!
Of course feeding the family is fulfilling but when someone besides family savours your dishes or continues to patronize your bakes, I consider it the biggest honour and yet another bright feather on my cap as I hit the mid-forties. Yeah a birthday went by quietly as well! My younger son did surprise me with a cake. I loved the way he surprised me, at least I pretended to be surprised as I did hear the father and son plan and my husband really doesn’t know how to act or keep a secret within the family. His halo is exactly above his head! That’s the angel he is!
This recipe for the Pizza muffins is very forgiving...it can be of any shape, with any filling of choice and anybody can do this! In fact, this is a nice project to get the kids into the kitchen to help you out.
Two cups of flour along with a tsp or more of sugar is whisked in well with a tsp. of baking powder, half a tsp. of baking soda and a pinch of salt.
You can sprinkle in some Italian herbs or just basil and whisk the dry mixture well. These herbs add in that extra punch and enhances the flavour and brings it closest in taste to your actual pizzas!
Grate some cheddar cheese and set aside, to be mixed in with the dry mixture and a bit as a topping for the muffins. Once this is merged well with the flour (you can knead them with your hands as well) the wet ingredients are attended to separately. I have added chunks of flavoured sausages, an assortment of olives and finely chopped spring onions to the dry mixture.
A cup of yogurt is placed in a separate bowl, two eggs are beaten in and a quarter cup melted butter is used as well. Ensure that these wet ingredients are mixed well and this is then poured slowly into the dry mixture and the entire batter is brought together as seen in the pictures. Do season well with salt and pepper and do taste a little bit of the gooey dough.
Once the batter is ready, scoop and pour into the cavities of your muffin tray, top it with some pizza sauce and grated cheese. You can add an olive or two as a garnish. Bake them in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about half an hour or more or until a skewer when inserted into a muffin comes out clean. You may use paper liners as well. I like the rustic look without the liners.
This is a lovely snack for the kids and one can hide any number of their least favourite veggies as well into the batter. You can either grate the veggies in or chop them finely. An easy recipe to follow when you have unexpected guests or family dropping by. They are a treat to look at and was a hit at my home. It is also a very filling meal on its own!
Inconsistent Chef' is a food blogger who shares her personal experience of cooking traditional and fusion dishes using ingredients available in India. Some of her dishes are outrightly native, while some are exotic and brings in elements from different continents and cultures. The accent here is on the experience of conjuring up a dish - the texture, colours, flavours and their play on the palate. The presentation of recipes is unique that there is no need for measuring cups or quantities. It's measuring by your senses and getting it right by sheer instinct.
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