With thoughts of my very successful beetroot muffins lingering on, I thought I'd try something similar and enter it into the #CapricornChallenge. Sadly I only had 70g of goats cheese, so had to make up the 100g with cheddar. I also decided tarragon might compliment the flavour of squash, so I used the last few withering sprigs of tarragon from our garden.
This is what I did:
- Roasted 350g of cubed butternut squash in a little olive oil at 200C for 20 minutes.
- Toasted 40g of pumpkin seeds by dry frying them in a pan for a few minutes until a substantial number had popped.
- Put 300g flour (100g wholemeal spelt, 200g white) in a mixing bowl.
- Added 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda and 1/4 tsp salt.
- Added 2 tbsp cocoa powder & whisked together to ensure all was incorporated and there were no lumps.
- Stirred in the cooled pumpkin seeds.
- Grated in 30g cheddar cheese.
- Divided 70g goats cheese into two.
- Chopped half into small pieces and stirred into the flour.
- Chopped the other half into 24 portions and put to one side.
- In a separate bowl beat 3 small eggs with 200ml yogurt.
- Beat in 50ml of pumpkin seed oil and 50ml sunflower oil.
- Beat in 100ml milk and a good good grinding of black pepper.
- Chopped a few tarragon leaves into tiny pieces and beat these in too.
- Mashed the roasted squash roughly with a fork and stirred into the milk mixture.
- Made a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and added the batter.
- Stirred as lightly as possible until everything was just incorporated.
- Divided between 12 silicone muffin moulds.
- Topped each with a few raw pumpkin seeds and two pieces of goats cheese.
- Baked at 200C for 20 minutes
- Left for a few minutes in their moulds, then turned out onto a wire rack to cool.
Franglais Kitchen, but is co-hosted by Laura of How to Cook Good Food.
Herbs on Saturday, hosted by Karen of Lavender and Lovage.
Weekend Herb Blogging as I've used both tarragon and pumpkin seeds. This is a weekly challenge where any recipe featuring some part of a plant can be submitted. This week is being hosted by La Cucina di Cristina.