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Pea, Ham And Cheese Muffins
100g frozen peas
300g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
Pinch dry mustard powder
Sea salt and black pepper
1/2 tsp mixed herbs or 2 tsp fresh chives, finely chopped
1 large egg
100g boursin cheese
200ml full fat milk
50g cooked ham, diced
75g Cheddar cheese, grated
Butter for greasing
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
Prepare a 12 hole muffin tin by greasing well with butter. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and blanch the frozen peas for 2 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water.
Sift the flour, baking powder and dry mustard powder into a large mixing bowl, and add the salt, freshly ground black pepper and mixed herbs or chives.
In a separate bowl lightly beat the egg with an electric whisk and add the boursin cheese, whisking until the cheese has broken up and combined smoothly with the egg. Whisk in the milk, and then, using a wooden spoon, stir in the peas and ham.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix lightly and quickly to combine. Spoon the mixture into the greased muffin tin and sprinkle the top of each muffin with grated cheddar cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown and firm to the touch.
Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve warm with butter, as a light lunch with a cheese omelette, or as a savoury snack.
These savoury muffins are ideal for a lunchbox or picnic. Makes 12
The less water you use when cooking peas, the less vitamin C is lost. Steaming helps to conserve this vitamin.
When boiling frozen peas, add enough water to cover, bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for 3 minutes. To microwave 227 grams (8oz) of frozen peas add 15ml (1 tablespoon) of water, place in a non metallic container and cover. Cook on full power for 4 minutes (750W) or 4 1/2 minutes (650W).