Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Savoury Crispy Bacon And Cheese Muffins

My pleasure to introduce Piggy gal , my guest blogger for this post :)

Hello all >D

First of all, I thank my gracious mummy for allowing me to invade this space of hers. Secondly, this would be the first time I blog about food, an obvious deviation from the usual musings I blog about here, so apologies if I don’t get this whole food-blogging thing down pat. In case of exasperation, I plead that you have mercy on a newbie :P

Growing up I’ve always lent a hand or spatula or measuring cup when need be in the kitchen…how else would I get to sneak bites of the glorious food hatched out by the very talented hands of mummy? Since I’m currently on a long break, I decided to do something productive to satisfy my own piggy cravings whilst proving my worth in the territory mum terms entirely her own….

I’m not one for overly sweet stuff but savoury food would be the Achilles’ heel of my dieting regime. So, I settled for a simple, amateur-friendly recipe for savoury muffins, lavishly stuffed with aromatic bacon bits, crunchy bell peppers, and oozing cheesey goodness literally from the inside out. The steps were easy to follow and in almost no time at all, the house was filled with the teasing scent of freshly baked muffins. The result? A sensational potpourri of flavours guaranteed to deliver tingling satisfaction from the very first bite.

From this first forage into the world of baking, I realized that there is much effort put into making something. Sure, I’ve ‘baked’ some other things before this, but it was always just to help mum beat some eggs, whisk some batter, and just hanging around guarding the cakes or goodies from getting burnt. I guess I never really valued the satisfaction garnered when things turn out correctly and I remember when mum used to grin from ear to ear just because her buns turned out with the right texture and she’ll be protecting her freshly baked load like a protective mother hen, wielding her camera, and ready to peck any of us who dares venture in for the first pinch before she captures her photo to immortalize her momentous achievement…..:P Today I found myself saying “Mum, quick bring the camera, take a shot of this….” And I truly understood the pride that comes with a good turnout of baked goods.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and as I’m currently at a loss of words to describe these delicious muffins, I shall take a back seat and let the pictures, do all the talking…….enjoy!

Muffins filled with the goodness of protein-rich cheddar cheese, crispy bacon bits ,eggs, anti-oxidant -red capsicum, yogurt, and the flavors of Italian spices . A good kick-start for the day with these delicious muffins!

I hope you all will try this recipe out and enjoy it as much as I did.
Piggy gal :)

Savoury Crispy Bacon & Cheese Muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried parsley
1 cup cheddar cheese cubes ( or shredded cheese)
1 cup plain yoghurt
2 eggs
¼ cup butter (melted)
½ cup chopped red or green capsicum
½ cup crispy streaky bacons bits
¼ cup pizza sauce
½ cup shredded mozzarella


Preheat oven to 200º C. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners .
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, dried parsley and baking soda until well mixed. Stir in the cheddar cubes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs and butter until smooth. Stir into flour mixture just until well combine and no dry spots remain , stir in the pizza sauce and the capsicum and the bacon bits last. The batter will be very thick . Do not over mix the batter.
Spoon the batter into muffin cups, dividing evenly. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top of each one.
Bake about 20 -25 mins until golden brown, and a skewer inserted in the centre of one of middle muffins comes out clean.
Let the muffins cool in pan at least 5 minutes before removing, then allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.



  1. Hi Elinluv, just want to let you know that one reader from Malaysia told me that the vanilla extract (as seen on SSB's recent post) is available at Cold Storage in Malaysia. She read it from the March-April 09 issue of this 'Flavour Magazine'.

  2. Wow, piggy gal, this is awesome!

  3. Piggy gal, you are as good as your mum! Do post up more often with your yummilicious food. :)

  4. what lovely photos! i think you should submit them to foodgawker.com

    thanks for checking out my blog - would it be oK if i added you onto my blog roll? :D

  5. so now the daughter will follow the footsteps of the mother? :)

    g'luck Piggy Gal, ur mum's a pro now. hehe ...

  6. What a fantastic recipe! I love savoury muffins.

  7. I LOVE savory muffins! YUM! but I love sweet too, so I'd definitely lick this up with some maple syrup...

  8. Hi HHB,
    Yay, I am so happy that Cold Storage sells this brand of vanilla extract. I am not sure whether they have it here in Ipoh coz I went there 3 weeks ago, I don't remember seeing it there. If not, I will get it from KL when I next make a trip there. Imagine using this vanilla extract for homemade ice cream....mmmmm can't wait to have it in my possession :)))

    Thanks for letting me know about it. I got the lastest issue of Flavour Magazine yesterday :))) Lots of korean dishes and savoury swiss roll recipe in it...can't wait to bake it and share it :)

    @ Pearl : Hi, Thanks for dropping by and yup I have sent the pic to foodgawker and they have approved ..haha and yes thanks for adding me to your blog roll :)))

    @ Pam , Burp & Slurp : Hope you will enjoy them as much as I do :)

  9. Kenny T :
    :p Thank you...

    Small small baker :
    Hehe, I'm still nowhere near as good as her.........yet :P

    J2Kfm :
    Haha, in that case I sure have big shoes to fill :P

  10. Joanna, you are as good as your mother. Soon she can goyang kaki and let you do all the baking :) The savoury muffins look so strumptious. I am bookmarking it and going to try baking it soon. Hope to see more of your baking here.

  11. jut wanna let you know that you can get the vanilla extract from cold storage at mont kiara.

    if you need help to get it, let me know

  12. Hi Skinnymum:)

    Thanks for the info and the offer to get the extract for me. I will check whether it is available at the Ipoh Cold Storage when I next go there.

    Will let you know if I need your help :) Thanks.

  13. Hi Elinluv, I would like to recommend that instead of using vanila extract, use vanila pods for making ice cream. I heard that it will make the best vanila ice cream. We can get vanila pods from baking supply store here, let me know whether you can get them at your place. If not I can buy and send it to you. Just give me your mailing address :)

  14. Hi HHB,

    Good news for me then, I love making ice cream...vanilla pod is available here in Ipoh. It cost RM7- 9 per pod. How much do I use for making ice cream ? Any idea?

    Since you recommended vanilla pod for ice cream, I will try it out on my next ice cream project. Thanks for offering to buy for me the vanilla pod..haha so good to have friends around the world hor :P


  15. Hi Elinluv, great to heat that you can get vanilla pod easily :) I have never tried making ice cream as I am always not sure whether the eggs would be cooked since I am really bad with any that requires the use of the stove! However, I have seen many ice cream recipes...you can take a look at this site here written by David Lebovitz(http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2009/02/vanilla_ice_cream.html#more). He wrote the book, The Perfect Scoop. Have fun!

  16. Hi Mrs C :)))))

    So nice of you to drop a comment. Hehe, I think mum's secret agenda is to teach me baking so that in the future our roles may be reversed and she gets to eat all her fav foods without liftin a finger *wink*

  17. Hi Piggy Gal, you are so talented! 青出于蓝!!Guess your mom can hand over her "Golden Spatula" to you soon. Talking abt it, I must also follow your mom's approach to start training my son in cooking n baking too. Hehehe!

  18. These savoury muffins sound so good!

  19. Hi there piggy gal,

    We tried this recipe of yours this morning...without the pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese... and it tastes delicious! Will do the works next time around for sure.

    Thanks heaps for sharing this recipe.


  20. Food for tots :
    HEhe, it'll be a long while yet till i get anywhere near the 'Golden Spatula'

    Kevin :
    Haha, they taste better than they sound *wink*

    Anonymous :
    Reli glad you tried out the recipe and enjoyed it :)

  21. my oh my...this is the first time ive seen such nice and delicious savoury muffins as nice as the sweet ones..

  22. Thank you for this recipe, it was delicious. However, I did add a few extra things leek and blue cheese.


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