Bacon, leek and cheese muffins
Difficulty: A bit tricky
Time: 30 minutes + 30 minutes baking
I don’t always have a lot of time to make interesting things for lunch but in the summer holidays we’ve had a few opportunities to spend a bit of time and prepare something a bit different. These bacon, leek and cheese muffins I found on ASDA’s Good Living website were worth the effort and you could make it a bit easier by preparing all filling in advance and just getting your kids to help measure out the rest and mix it all together.
1 leek, trimmed
100g butter, melted
4 rashers bacon, chopped
300g Asda self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp paprika
2 large eggs
175ml semi-skimmed milk
150g extra mature Cheddar, grated
Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan and prepare the baking dish
Get your toddler to lightly grease a 12 hole muffin tray.
Prepare the leek and bacon
Trim the leeks, cut into quarters lengthways then slice finely. Cook in a tbsp of butter over a low heat, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until softened. Set aside. If your child is a bit older and you trust them they could perhaps help stir the leeks while they’re cooking.
Meanwhile, cut the bacon into small strips then add to the leeks and cook through.
Make the muffin mixture
Get your child to measure the flour into a bowl. Add the baking powder, mustard, paprika and a pinch of salt. Grate the cheese into the bowl (we didn’t bother weighing it, just added a good chunk!)
Measure the butter then melt in a separate bowl. We normally do this in the microwave but you can do it on the hob instead.
Get your toddler to crack the eggs into a bowl or measuring jug. Lightly beat them. Add the milk and the melted butter then mix together.
Bake the muffins
Add the bacon & leeks, and egg & milk mixtures to the bowl of flour. Stir everything together until it’s nicely mixed. Don’t over mix or the muffins may be tough.
Divide the mixture between the muffin tins.
Bake your bacon, leek and cheese muffins in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until they are nice and golden.