Pizza Muffins


Summer lunches have gotten tricky.  My picky little vegetarian has decided he would like a break from nut butters.  Some sort of butter on some sort of bread or fruit was our routine.  I'm looking for suggestions.  So far, my brilliant neighbour has suggested waffle sandwiches with cream cheese and fruit (he ate cream cheese!) and pizza muffins.  Both delicious.

The pizza muffins will take time - our first go, his were strictly the batter - but I have high hopes that he will venture into the land of the unknown (the unplain, oh my!) gradually as it becomes more familiar to him.

Wicked Good Pizza Muffins
(from Canadian Family)
  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each salt and dried basil
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda
  • 1 cup (250 mL) tiny cubes orange cheddar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) butter, melted
  • ½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped red sweet pepper (optional)
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) pizza sauce, or sliced tomato
  • ½ cup (125 mL) shredded mozzarella
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, basil and baking soda until combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, eggs and butter until smooth. Stir into flour mixture just until well combined and no dry spots remain (this is where you take a little batter out for a picky eater).  Stir in sweet pepper and cheddar cheese (batter will be very thick). Spoon batter into muffin cups, dividing evenly. Spoon 1 tsp (5 mL) pizza sauce on top of each muffin or 1/2 slice of tomato; sprinkle each with shredded mozzarella.
  3. Bake about 20 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in centre of one of middle muffins comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan at least 5 minutes before removing, then let cool completely on a wire rack. (Freeze muffins in an airtight container for up to 1 month; defrost at room temperature.)
Fun Fact:
In the winter, when he would try new things, his common most logical response was, "I don't like it.  I think I will like it in the Spring."

Not-So-Fun Fact:
He did not like any of it in the Spring.


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