March 29, 2009

Savory French Breakfast Muffins

For march edition of 'this book makes me cook', the book selected was - 'Blackberry wine', a classic food-related book by Joanne Harris. Its the story of Jay Mackintosh, who has only one successful book in his credit and now, in his soul-searching journey, reaches a small town in France, where he buys a chateau and starts living there. Each and every character in this novel is so captivating that they actually haunt you even after you finished the book and the sheer brilliance of the author is - "She wrote the book from the point of view of a bottle of wine!". The 'Specials', as they are called talk, rustle and react to the circumstances around Jay. They take him back to Jay's childhood memories which revolves around an old mad named Joe, who grows all kinds of vegetables & fruits and makes wine of his own.

Would I read it again, you ask? I would say definitely because the style of Joanne's writing is so pleasing and enchanting.

..I made some 'Savory French Breakfast Muffins' - a savory twist to these classic French muffins. This is my first time to try out savory muffins and though they were very moist from inside, the top was a little flaky and hard. Any ideas about how to get around this problem?

Savory French Breakfast Muffins (Makes 12 muffins)


1.5 cups of All purpose flour
1.5 tsp Baking powder
1/8 tsp Salt
1 egg
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1/3 cup of Butter, melted
1/8 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
1 tsp extra-virgin Olive oil
1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Bell peppers (I used red and yellow)


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

2. Combine the dry ingredients - all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, pepper and salt in a large bowl.

3. Whisk egg, buttermilk, oil and butter in a medium bowl. Fold in cheese and bell pepper. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly blend in the wet ingredients with a spatula.

4. Scoop the batter and fill until 2/3rds into the muffin pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes.

Storing the muffins:

Wrap leftover muffins individually in plastic wrap, place in a plastic storage container or ziplock bag and freeze up. To thaw, remove plastic wrap, place it in a paper towel and microwave for 30 to 60 seconds.

Check out what other members of my book club made for this event:

Strawberry Preserve by Simran

Off these also go to BBD 18: Quick Breads, hosted by Mansi of 'Fun & Food Blog'.
[Update] - For the month of April, the book club has unanimously voted for a Jane Austen special. Choose any book of hers and cook something inspired by it.
Do you wanna join our book club? If so, just leave a comment on this post and I will get back to you. Chao :)

Have a fun week ahead.

signing off for now,


  1. I made cheddar muffins this weekend too. they were a bit too rubbery the next day so couldn't eat without micowaving. mine called for yogurt so maybe i should try with buttermilk next.

  2. I really enjoy my muffins savoury, unlike the other two in my home.
    My savoury muffins also turn out this way, and I think it has to do with the cheese in them.
    I haven't made these without the cheese so far, so it's just a guess.

  3. Muffins look delicious Siri..I havent tried making savoury muffins at ever..buttermilk and cheese in muffins sounds like a must-try!!

  4. these look so totally delish siri!

    would it be possible for you to contact me per email. I was unable to find it - have some good news to tell you!

  5. I'm glad you liked the book. It's my all time favorite.

    And muffins look great

  6. Your muffins looks very inviting and well risen. I usually make sweet ones. I must read this book. Which Austen are you reading?

  7. hi siri,
    The savory muffins looks well done! I haven't tried my hands on muffins as yet....shall try ur recipe sometime. Thanks.

  8. I haven't tried savory muffins..Your muffins look yummy and the recipe is quite simple..Should give this a try :)

  9. Sounds like a good book. I NEVER read the same book again twice ever even if it's great book, Trisha does it sometimes! :D

    Savory Muffins look fab, I would eat this for breakfast easily. Perfect entry! :)

  10. Hi Siri,

    Looks wonderful. I have to start making savory muffins some time.

  11. looks intresting n lovely too..:)

  12. Anything savory I am ready for it! That looks delicous with cheese and bell pepper.

  13. i enjoy savoury muffins annyday! ohh..i soo forgot to send you that email to join the book club!! bad me :( will send it soon!

  14. I have been planning to make something like this n procrastinating since long..With Cheddar n peppers they sounds just yum...n the pic looks perfect Siri..:)

  15. Usually the only muffins I make are savory ones. These sound and look fantastic. Lots of different cheese combinations you could try. I would add sun-dried tomatoes too and maybe some goat cheese. YUM!

  16. Naturally, I had to post a comment to a fellow SIRI, food blogger. Not only that, we both are participating in bread baking day AND my mom makes some mean French breakfast muffins (although her's are cinnamon and sugar coated and defiantly NOT savory. I'm sure we have some more similarities beyond the ones I've mentioned. How fun!

    Nice photos, by the way.



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