This recipe from Sophie Likes Cake makes great pumpkin, spinach and feta muffins with chunky fillings for your perfect takeaway brunch at work.
Makes 20 smallish muffins
3 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
2 ¼ cups milk
75g butter, melted
1 small onion, diced
200g frozen spinach portions
300g pumpkin, cubed into small pieces
2 cups grated cheese
100-200g feta (the more the merrier) plus extra to garnish the tops with
Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds to finish
Small handful or parsley or mint finely chopped
Splash of oil
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees on bake. Line a tray with baking paper. Toss the pumpkin cubes in the oil then scatter across the baking tray with a sprinkling of salt. Bake for 40 minutes until tender then remove from the oven and leave to cool. Alternatively, microwave the cubes in a container of just boiled water for 5-6 minutes until the cubes a tender then drain well and leave to cool.
Chop the frozen spinach portions up into shreds whilst still frozen. Submerge the shreds in boiling water and leave until defrosted. Drain well and squeeze out all the excess moisture.
Sauté the onion in a splash of oil until translucent then put to one side.
Keep the oven set to 180 degrees on bake and line two muffin trays with muffin cases or grease them really well.
Sieve all the dry ingredients together then make a well in the centre. Whisk together the eggs, milk and melted butter then pour into the well. Give the batter a quick stir until just combined. It is ok if there are lumps of flour, these will sort themselves out in the oven and it is super important you don’t over mix.
Tip the pumpkin, onion, feta, spinach, herbs and cheese into the batter and quickly stir to evenly disperse.
Spoon the batter into the muffin trays, topping each muffin with some extra feta or grated cheese and a couple of seeds. Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer when poked into the centre of one of them comes out clean.
Enjoy warm with a good smearing of butter.