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More-ish morsels: Muffins rule supreme as the
most popular treat with coffee in cafes and they
have done so for more than a decade.
cream cheese muffins
Muffin tips and recipes: Look out for
two more delicious muffin recipes
Preparation is simple.
The dry ingredients are combined in one
bowl and the liquid ingredients in another
bowl, then the two are mixed together
briefly. Over-mixing tends to over-develop
the gluten in the flour. This makes muffins
tough and dense.
All you need is up to eight strokes to just
combine the wet and dry ingredients.
The batter may still be a little lumpy and
you may still see a few traces of flour but
these will disappear during baking.
Muffin pan holes are best lightly greased
or sprayed with oil, even non-stick pans.
Cook the hard-boiled egg and bacon first. If
you don't have a sifter, stir the dry
ingredients together in a bowl with a wire
whisk to aerate.
2 cups self-raising flour
1G2 tsp each: salt, dry mustard
1 cup grated tasty cheddar cheese
1G4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 cup milk
1G4 cup canola oil
1 large hard-boiled egg, shelled and
1 large rasher rindless bacon, cooked and
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Lightly grease an eight-hole muffin pan or
line with paper muffin cases.
Sift the flour, salt and mustard into a
Add the cheese and parsley. Mix well.
Combine the milk and oil. Stir into the flour
mixture until just moistened.
Half fill the muffin holes.
Top with a little chopped egg and bacon
then cover with the remaining muffin mix.
Bake for about 20 minutes until a skewer
inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Best served hot for breakfast or lunch.
2 cups standard flour
4 tsp baking powder
3G4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
3G4 cup each: milk, passionfruit pulp
1G4 cup canola oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
50g cream cheese (approximately)
1G4 cup passionfruit pulp
1 Tbsp icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180C. Lightly oil
about eight muffin holes.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a
Combine the milk, passionfruit pulp, oil
Stir into the dry ingredients to make a
Half fill the muffin holes with half of the
Place about 3G4 of a teaspoon of cream
cheese into the centre of each.
Fill the holes with the remaining muffin
Spoon a little of the topping over each
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden.
Brush with remaining topping.
Cool the muffins on a wire rack.
Excellent served warm or at room tem-
perature, with or without whipped cream.
Makes about eight.
Time to get sowing
By LYNDA HALLINAN
This column is adapted from the
e-newsletter Get Growing from New
Zealand Gardener. To subscribe to Get
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1. Sow courgettes
Courgettes, pumpkins, cucumbers,
melons and gherkins are all mem-
bers of the heat-loving cucurbit fam-
ily. They hate shivering in cold soil
so it's best not to rush planting them.
So if you're itching to get started but
the weather's still chilly in your part
of the country, start them in individ-
ual peat pots or recycled plant pots
indoors or under a cloche.
The seedlings will be ready to
transplant in 14-21 days. Space zuc-
chini about 1m apart so they have
room to grow as well as good air flow
to reduce the risk of powdery mildew
problems. Sow a mix of varieties.
Our favourites include Gold Rush',
heirloom Costata Romanesco' and
prolific 'Black Beauty'. Or sow the
super cute, perfectly round Eight
Ball' just for fun.
2. Plant blueberries
Blueberries suit gardens of all
sizes. Unlike raspberries or boysen-
berries, which can rapidly start tak-
ing over, the bushes remain compact
and can be used for low hedges, or
planted in large pots (half wine bar-
rels are ideal). Get the soil conditions
right and you can expect yields of at
least 1-2kg per bush within five
years -- and even more if you can
plant a few varieties for better cross-
Blueberries prefer slightly acidic,
peaty soils. If you're planting them
in a pot, mix up your own blend of
potting mix, compost and peat. Even
in garden beds, it's worth incorporat-
ing potting mix into the hole. Feed
blueberries twice a year with a slow-
release fertiliser -- do this now, and
again in summer. You can buy
specialist blueberry food or use any
fertiliser for acid-loving plants (such
as rhododendron or camellia ferti-
liser). Lightly fork in the fertiliser
and water it in well.
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