Some days you feel lazy. So lazy that you can’t even get yourself to go make lunch. The fact of having to make 3-4 dishes to keep your family happy scares you and then you think of this not-so-new concept anymore- BRUNCH. It sounds fancy enough to all at home and the best part is less work for you. You don’t have to wake up early and stand for hours, grinding masala because this takes care of two meals- breakfast and lunch.
Especially when you know you have a long day ahead of you or you have to pack some food for your kids to take to school, these muffins will come to your rescue. Muffins are one of the most easiest things to bake and yummiest treats to indulge in. It’s one of the first few recipes you learn as a baker. It happens to be the second recipe I learned after a simple chocolate cake. But you don’t follow the same process you would while making a cake. In fact, it’s just the opposite.
Following the standard muffin mixing method will get you the perfect batch. There is a standard procedure of mixing ingredients together in a specific order. Very very important to follow this to the t. The dry ingredients are whisked together in a large mixing bowl, while the wet ingredients are mixed together in another bowl. Then the wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients and it is never the other way around, and mixed gingerly. Once the wet mixture meets the dry mixture, work to quickly but efficiently combine the two, as not to develop too much gluten in the batter because too much gluten gives you tough muffins and I’m sure that’s not what you want. By the time you add cheese, ham and sweet corn, you will end up having a lumpy batter but that’s alright.
This recipe that I’ve shared below is a standard recipe for any savoury muffins you plan to make. If you’re vegetarian, you could omit the ham and maybe add in more veggies like peas, carrots, sweet potato etc. If you’re looking for an eggless recipe, I did experiment with curd this one time, but I didn’t quite enjoy the texture I ended up getting. So I personally like using eggs but maybe you could give it a try and see for yourselves. And if you’re a meat crazy person like me, you can go all out. From beef mince to chicken salami, or any of the cold cuts for that matter. Bacon is my all time favourite. But then for me everything tastes better with a little bacon in it.
Muffins are too overrated these days and I find nothing challenging in them. Many a time when I get orders for them, I ask myself- Why muffins again? But that’s the thing. They’re so addictive, easy to bite into and simply delicious. People enjoy serving it at their kitty parties or their kid’s lunchboxes. My mother has always told me it’s some life skills I must possess. It’s something all bakers must know. And I’m happy to excel at them.