Earlier this week I told you a bit about my wife’s garden. She’s been out early every morning picking those black raspberries I mentioned. She’s hoping for enough to make a few raspberry inspired sweet treats over the summer. So far, so good. I can’t wait to try the black raspberry cobbler she’s hinted that she’s baking soon. In the meantime, my wife found other delights in the garden that inspired her to bake something different.
Usually, my wife’s muffins are on the sweeter side, but she wanted to try something spicier. The various herbs my wife grows are reaching maturity. She’s also harvested a few peppers already from our small, but abundant, jalapeno plant.
I’ll be the first to admit that my taste for jalapenos only recently developed. I think this pepper gets overlooked by people who don’t have a palate for overly spicy and hot foods. You see, I used to think it was an extremely hot pepper. Turns out, it’s the seeds that give it the heat. Jalapenos are actually pretty tolerable for a guy like me who likes a bit of heat, but nothing that’s going to make me sweat.
So when my wife suggested muffins with jalapenos, I thought: Why not? And then she said they’d be loaded with cheese. Twist my pinky.
My wife has a few suggestions regarding these muffins. Use a sharp cheddar cheese for maximum flavour. We only had mild cheddar on hand. The muffins still tasted delicious, but they’d definitely be improved with more cheese flavour.
She also only used 2 medium jalapenos (seeded & sliced). The jalapeno flavour was very mild in the muffins my wife baked. We both agreed that for more heat, leave in some seeds; for more jalapenoflavour, add another seeded pepper or two.Avoid using muffin tin liners. We found that these muffins tend to stick to the paper. My wife suggests applying a light oil or butter to the cups prior to filling them.
Avoid using muffin tin liners. We found that these muffins tend to stick to the paper. My wife suggests applying a light oil or butter to the cups prior to filling them.
Finally, my wife really wanted to use some of the fresh herbs in her garden, so she chopped up some garlic chives and threw them into the batter. Although they didn’t provide much flavour, the chives did dress up the muffins a bit. Next time, my wife says she’ll add either more chives or just dispense with them altogether.
Here’s what you’ll need to make my wife’s Hot ‘n’ Chedd’rd Muffins: