Summer Holiday Baking:
Pear,Walnut & Goat’s Cheese Breakfast Buns (Muffins)
I have been jamming, as in making the sweet conserve, and baking……the wet and cold weather brings out the baker and preserver in me……as if I need to feed the soul and lay down stores for the winter. By nine o’clock this morning I had made 2lbs of summer berry jam, with home-grown raspberries, strawberries and some blackcurrants, and then an hour later, these tasty buns, Pear,Walnut & Goat’s Cheese Breakfast Buns (Muffins) were in the oven and delicious aromas were wafting around the kitchen, so much so, that even the cat came down from her lair upstairs to investigate the “goaty” cheese smell! I am a BIG lover of the savoury bun……I know many of you will call these muffins, but muffins to me are the small, round, flat type of yeast-leavened bread buns, which are commonly served split horizontally, toasted, and buttered….and NOT the large cup cake type bakes that most of us know as muffins nowadays…..(There she goes again I hear some of you saying!!) You know the ones, as in The Muffin Man nursery rhyme…..
The Muffin Man rhyme is first recorded in a British manuscript of around 1820, preserved in the Bodleian Library with lyrics very similar to those used today:
Do you know the muffin man
the muffin man the muffin man.
Do you know the muffin man,
That lives in Drury Lane?
(Victorian households had many of their fresh foods delivered; muffins would be delivered door-to-door by a muffin man.)
Anyway, rant over, I really don’t mind what you call these little buns/muffins, all I know is that I’m in love again…..with breakfast and with these delectable little goat’s cheese, walnut and pear quick breads.…..and, for those of you who follow my blog, you will know that I have been on a bit of a challenge lately, with Ethel, the Capricorn Goat from Somerset, and she and I are BIG chums now! The challenge was set the day I received a rather large hamper of goodies, with the request that I develop some new recipes using some of the ingredients in the hamper, as well as Capricorn Goat’s Cheese of course! I have submitted a few #CapricornChallenge recipes already…..Piquant Pizza with Goat’s Cheese, Chorizo and Chillies for a Great Midweek Supper; Team Capricorn! Olympic Power Salad with Goat’s Cheese, Fruit and Nuts; Somerset Scramble – Scrambled Eggs with Goat’s Cheese, perfect for Breakfast, Brunch or High Tea and Ethel’s Old Thyme Goat’s Cheese and Tomato Tart. And even my daughter got involved, and made a WONDERFUL Pear, Walnut and Goat’s Cheese Tart with Red Onion Marmalade and Thyme.….a recipe that I will make to post on my blog in the future, but for now, here’s her photo:
But back to my breakfast buns……I made a dozen, which is far too many for me, but this is the third batch I’ve made (as I like to triple test my recipes) and I have discovered that they freeze beautifully. Just pop them into a warm oven for about 10 minutes and they are just as if they were freshly baked. I also discovered that they make a GREAT accompaniment to a bowl of soup, and the other day I enjoyed one with some cream cheese and fresh fruit for my breakfast…….very nice! I am also pleased to report, that these Pear,Walnut & Goat’s Cheese Breakfast Buns (Muffins) not only qualify me for the #CapricornChallenge, as I used walnuts, pears and Goat’s cheese in them, but as I baked these with the summer holidays in mind, I can enter them into The Breakfast Club, run by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours, and, for a TRIPLE whammy, as I have used WALNUTS in these wee rascals, that ALSO qualifies me to enter them into Ros and Caroline’s AlphaBakes challenge, as the letter this month is “W”…….
Time to go now…..but do pop back later, when I have more recipes to share, as well as some reviews, a new giveaway, and some EXCITING news……bye for now, Karen