Sweet & Savoury Cheese & Apple Muffins

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It was love at first bite! Once you’ve made them, I’m sure you’ll be making them again and again. The combination of apple and cheese will satisfy your sweet and savoury cravings in the same bite with these easy snacks. Serve these Cheddar Apple Muffins warm from the oven for a morning treat, however, they are equally good when are cold.

CHEESY APPLE MUFFINS

Ingredients:

(Please note, this will make 6-7 muffins only. Use double portion of everything for bigger quantity)

1 egg
60 g butter, room temperature
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

130 g plain flour
80-100 g Cheddar cheese, grated
50 g sugar
1 large apple, grated
1-2 tablespoons of milk (if needed)

2-3 teaspoons poppy seeds for decoration (optional)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. Beat butter with sugar, add the egg and beat well until smooth.

3. In separate bowl mix together flour, salt, baking powder, add the butter mixture, mix. Then add the grated cheese and apple.  Stir the batter carefully with a spoon, do not over-mix. If the batter is too thick you can add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to achieve desired thickness.

4. Fill the muffin moulds with the paper liners. Spoon the mixture in the prepared muffin moulds filling them about 2/3 . You can decorate with the slice of apple on top, if desired or, in my case, I prefer sprinkle them with some poppy seeds.

5. Bake the muffins for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Carefully remove from the pan, cool on the rack, serve hot or slightly cold!

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Aubergine Fritters

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Following on my recent post on aubergines, here is another very simple but delicious aubergine dish, which is great as a snack/starter with the slice of rye bread or it can be a side dish too. It is ideal for the picnics and BBQs. This time it’s My Mum’s recipe:

AUBERGINE FRITTERS

Ingredients:

2 aubergines

3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

about 1 cup of bread crumbs

sal/pepper

1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves, chopped

olive oil for frying

Method:

1. Wash the aubergine, cut into round slices, place in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat up a frying pan  with a few spoons of olive oil, wait till it hot, but do not allow the oil to burn.

3. Put the bread crumbs on a separate plate, take each slice of aubergine, dunk the both sides into the bread crumbs and place it on a frying pan. Allow about 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden coloured and cooked through.

4. Place it on a plate, garnish with fresh chopped basil and garlic.