Last month Meathenge participated in the famous, Is My Blog Burning. IMBB is a themed cooking roundabout wherein people who have blogs cook to the theme and post it up, simple enough. Last month’s theme were Muffins or Cupcakes, muffins are so cool. Meathenge Labs put their heads together and wound up doing a Curry Chicken Muffin, came out very well I must say. But it wasn’t the only good looking recipe my wife found, one of the others was a BLT Muffin. I wasn’t able to pull off two muffins for the roundabout, so I did it this last Sunday. Read on, if you dare.
Here’s the Recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used Stone Burhherrehrer)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise (DO NOT subsitute with light or fat free mayo)
3/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon, , , about 12 strips
1/2 cup chopped, seeded plum tomatoes
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 dozen regular size muffins Change size or US/metric
45 minutes 20 mins prep
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and sugar.
In another bowl, beat milk and mayonnaise until smooth.
Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fold in the bacon, tomatoes, and parsley.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin or mini muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Take note of the amount of bacon. You’re going to need at least 1/3 more than it says there. Why? Because NOBODY can resist the smell of bacon cooking and anyone lurking in the house will be making off with at least 1 or 2 pieces each. Make more than you need. Also take a look at the pan, that is Lodge’s 10.25″ square skillet. They advertise it as the perfect shape for cooking bacon, pieces of bread, you know? Square stuff. Yeah well, it’s too small to handle ANY strip of bacon lengthwise and will handle only 1 piece of standard sandwich type bread. Surely you could do better.
Anyhoo, here we find our little sizzlin’ buddies in a nice cast iron skillet. Yeah yeah, I know. I’m cooking them too much. I wanted to crisp it up a bit and give the bacon a stronger flavor. It was my choice and I’m sticking to it. I used a press to make it easier to stack up the bacon to slice in to bits, I’m just that way.
Cooking with bacon rules.
And here we are, BLT muffins. A very simple recipe that came together easily & quickly. They were horrible with just a hint of manky. I choked down a few just because of the great sense of loss of my Niman bacon. I thought something was wrong when I noticed there was no salt in the recipe, I was right. The bready part of the muffin was a lot like a mcdonalds bun, nasty airy crap. The tomatoes were nonexistent, the bacon was nearly tasteless. I’m sure that stupid dough stuff sucked out the flavor and destroyed my muffins. Mama picked a few apart to get at the bacon, but gave up. I found a handful on the counter the next morning and tossed them in to the garbage. I love the idea here, but there isn’t anything worth attempting to fix, repair or redo. Everything came out right, but the damned recipe blows.