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French goat's cheese mini-log & olive muffins

French goat's cheese mini-log & olive muffins

Savoury little baked muffins, with goat's cheese mini log, green olives and rosemary

  • Preparation: 20 mins
  • Cooking: 20 mins
  • Serves: 12

What you need:

  • 75g mild ripe French goat's cheese mini-log (rind removed)
  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 250mls milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50g chopped pitted green olives
  • 2 tsp chopped rosemary, plus a little extra for garnish

What you do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C) while you make the basic muffin mixture.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  3. Beat one egg and whisk it together with the milk.
  4. Fold the mix into the flour.
  5. Add the crumbled French goat's cheese mini-log, chopped olives and chopped rosemary.
  6. Arrange you muffin cases in a tray and spoon in the mixture to the top of each case.
  7. Beat the other egg and gently brush the top of each muffin. Garnish with a small sprig of rosemary.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until well risen and golden.
  9. Remove the muffins from the tins and leave to rest for a few minutes before eating.

Cook's tip:

For a light and airy muffin, don't overmix the batter and gently fold in the goat's cheese and olives. Experiment with the ingredients by swapping the olives and rosemary for sun dried tomato amd black olives or for caramelised onion.

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