Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Who doesn’t love a lovely bit of cheese? Wensleydale? Gorgonzola? "I could just fancy some cheese, Gromit. What do you say? Cheddar?"

"Hmmm, how can we improve on this cheddar, Gromit?"

Ah, cheddar…. And with the next 3 Six Nations Rugby matches looming on the horizon, we close our eyes and think of … cheddar. But a piece of cheddar lying on a plate next to a pile of crackers picked up at the grocery store on the run just won’t make the cut (“Off to the sin bin with ye, mate!”). And then there is the other scenario …

"No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!"

What’s a cheese-lover to do?

How about a bit of lovely baking instead? Cheddar Muffins with the bite of good French Dijon mustard warm from the oven sounds, oh, very cheeky!

Easy, scrumptious, flavorful, these muffins are the ideal snack to nibble on, washed down with a can of stout, while watching the rugby on the telly Saturday afternoon, or the best accompaniment to that bowl of Irish Potato Soup, Welsh Rarebit or French Poule au Pot while cheering on Les Bleus during the Friday night match.

"I don't know... it's like no cheese I've ever tasted..."


2 cups (260 g) flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1 Tbs sugar
½ tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp paprika
2 large eggs
¾ cup (175 ml) milk
¼ cup (4 Tbs, 60 g) butter, melted
3 Tbs Dijon or Dijon-style mustard
1 ½ cups (about 6 oz, 180 g) grated sharp or extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
a few green onions/scallions, green part only, or chives, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin either by lining the cups with cupcake papers or grease or spray generously.

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and a generous grinding of black pepper .

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, melted butter, mustard, grated cheese, paprika and chopped greens. Whisk until well blended.

Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients in the larger bowl and, using a rubber or silicone spatula, fold just until well combined. Do not over mix!

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, dividing evenly.

Bake for 20 minutes or until puffed, golden and set in the centers.

Remove from oven, turn out of the tins and serve warm.

"Cracking good job, Gromit!"

(credit where credit is due : images of Wallace and Gromit from Aardman Studios and their great stop-motion animated films about our favorite heroes)


Alex said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... Cheese!

(A very tiny amount of Stilton Bleu might add a little zing...)

Sara said...

Those muffins look great, I would have never thought to add mustard!

cooknkate said...

Those would be amazing with chile, or soup or anything hot and soothing. This is something, despite my lactose intolerance, I might have to try.

Jamie said...

Ah, Kate, yes, they would be perfect with chili!

Sara, the mustard really does add a special zing.

Alex - good to see you back here Alex - hmmm, I will have to try one with a good Blue - more local like a Bleu d'Auvergne. Yum!

Siren said...

Stinking Bishop would be in order here....

Love the recipe Jamie.


My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a darling post. Please pass the muffins - I'll have two. I agree, they would be great with soup or chili.

swedishclare said...

Okay - that was almost better than chocolate... cheese... chocolate... cheese... don't make me choose! Oh no, and mustard toooooooo - what are you doing to me!

Cathy said...

Hi Jamie - Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog. I've had such a good time visiting your site. Love your recipes and photos.

I'm visiting Paris for the first time in a few weeks. I'm so excited.

teresa said...

Gorgeous! I could make an entire batch of those and then eat them all! What a great recipe, I LOVE anything cheese-y!

Tartelette said...

Oh yum! Makes me wantto make a batch right now for our soup!
Wallace and Gromit are my favs!

Irishgirl said...

I'm off to make leek and potato soup for Saturday. I think it will be great with the muffins.

Maryann said...

Love Wallace and Gromit :)
The muffins look awesome. I know I would love these!

asiangrrl said...

Waaaah! My comment didn't get posted, so I will try again. Jamie, you're killing me here. Muffins AND cheese? Two of my favorite (forbidden) things.

Irishgirl said...

I made your muffins as promised, with leek and potato soup. It was potato and leek soup wasn't half bad either. Just a quick question you grate the cheese very finely?

And with all that sustenance behind us, we managed to beat the English Rugby team.


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