Muffin Monday: Squash Feta Pine Nut Muffins


Written & photographed by
Stay-At-Home-Chef

The thing I have grown to love most about our weekly Muffin Monday challenge is the creative adaptions that emerge from one particular recipe shared amongst a group of talented and inventive food bloggers. On the one hand it boggles my mind how different our muffins can turn out, but there are also times where similar thinking garner moments of great minds thinking alike.

© 2012 CookThatBook

Immediately upon glancing through this week’s recipe which comes courtesy of 1 Mix, 100 Muffins, I decided that it was begging for a makeover. The recipe calls for the more common Muffin Method approach, combining a batter of separated dry and wet ingredients that result in more bread like muffins with a coarser texture. (For more information on different muffin types and techniques, check out Baker Street’s Muffin 101 page…lots of good info folks!) Inspired by Katie’s Kitchen, I decided to expand the pine nut and parmesan flavour profile by inviting more ‘goodies’ to the party. Specifically? I roasted off small ½ inch cubes of butternut squash and added 1 cup to the flour mixture. I also replaced the parmesan with feta cheese, and threw in ¼ cup of fresh basil for kicks. Figuring the muffins had enough excitement going on in terms of flavour, I skipped the suggested cheese and pine nut topping.

© 2012 CookThatBook

Some advice? Drop whatever you’re doing and go make these muffins. NOW!

© 2012 CookThatBook

They were incredibly moist (thank you buttermilk) and I loved the subtle crunch of the pine nuts combined with the freshness of basil and chunks of sweet squash.

Perfection.

© 2012 CookThatBook

For a copy of the original recipe for this week’s Muffin Monday, please visit Baker Street’s site and be sure to check out what the other food bloggers have baked up this week!

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

6 comments on “Muffin Monday: Squash Feta Pine Nut Muffins

  1. Baker Street on said:

    Squash and Feta are both excellent additions JB! I truly love how everyone thinks and adapts a recipe giving it a personal touch! Here’s to another great monday. :)

  2. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Yes I love the different results from one recipe…so inspiring. Now I’m off to read the other Muffin Monday posts!

  3. Kate @ FoodBabbles on said:

    YUM!!! I love feta! Couldn’t have picked a better cheese for this recipe. Loving it!

  4. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks Kate! I left the feta in decent sized chunks which was great as you’d get a real nice bite of the salty deliciousness.

  5. Constance on said:

    This sounds so unusual that I will have to try it!

  6. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    I was unsure about the squash in chunks but it was so good! Would also be interesting to puree it first, but honestly I liked the texture.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

HTML tags are not allowed.