One of our favourite local coffee joints is JJ Bean. They have awesome (strong) coffee and their baked goods aren’t half bad either. The staples of chocolate chip pecan cookies and cheddar chive scones are always good, but our latest favourite is their jalapeño cheese muffins. I would have never thought that jalapeños and cheddar would make good ingredients for a muffin. I’ve always thought muffins to be of the fruity and sweet sort, not savoury. That being said, these muffins from JJ Bean are full of cheesy, spicy goodness! I had to try to make it at home myself.
The recipe I used was obviously not the same as the one JJ Bean uses to make their muffins. My muffins were more like a scone or biscuit. They were not as cheesy or spicy, but they were still good. We ate it all up!
Does anyone out there have a good recipe for jalapeño cheddar muffins or suggestions on how to improve this one?
Recipe (adapted from Food.com):
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tbsp white sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tbsp finely minced onions
- 1/2 cup yoghurt or 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/8 cup melted butter
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp finely chopped jalapeno peppers
- In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Add cheese and onion and mix with a fork.
- Whisk yoghurt, melted butter, eggs and jalapeno together. Add to dry ingredients. Stir until evenly moistened.
- Bake in lined muffin cups at 400 F for 15 minute.
- Eat on its own or with cream cheese.
Notes and Tips:
I used 1.5 cups cheddar cheese, 4 tbsp jalapeños and light sour cream. Based on other reviews, I added 1/8 cup milk (skim) along with the other wet ingredients so that the dough wouldn’t be as dry. I didn’t have muffin tin liners, so I just greased the muffin tin lightly with butter. I ended up with 5 muffins instead of 6.