25 January 2012

Cheese is not cheesy at all!

A divine combination: Goat cheese- and fig-filled muffins
For some reason, muffins remind me of lazy Sunday mornings, sleeping in, having a late breakfast or even a brunch. I love them even more because they give me an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast! Having tried all sorts of sweet muffins, it´s high time for something more hearty! Here is were the goat cheese comes in handy. As a filling it works really well. It's not overpowering at all, it just adds that bit of tang that completely brightens up the muffin as a whole!
I´m a huge goat cheese lover! I would even buy goat cheese-flavoured toothpaste, just to have the taste in my mouth before going to bed:-)
So, if tangy goat cheese and sweet figs enter a serious relationship, then you´re on the winning side!

For 12 muffins
Active Time: 40 minutes
  • 75 g soft goat cheese
  • 75 g cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 250 g whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • 300 g yogurt
  • 50 g melt butter
  • 12 chopped dried figs
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 12 paper muffin cups.
  2. Thoroughly combine goat cheese and cream cheese in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, sugar, parsley, sage, chives and salt in a large bowl. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl; add yogurt, honey and butter. Gradually whisk this mix into the bowl with the dry ingredients until smooth. Fold in figs.
  4. Spoon half the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Add 1 generous teaspoon of the reserved cheese filling to the center of each muffin, and cover with the remaining batter. (The filling should not be visible.)
  5. Bake the muffins until the edges start to brown and the tops crack slightly open, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
Per muffin (what you absolutely need to know while sinning):
180 calories, 8 g fat, 18 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein

Bon appétit and happy sinning,
Your Kitchen Fairy

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