Cheese Pizza Muffins

 Cheese Pizza Muffins
Cheese Pizza Muffins

These are not sweet muffins. Instead, they taste like cheese pizza. Enjoy them buttered like rolls or cut them open to make little sandwiches.
12 paper cupcake liners, 12-cup muffin pan, bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons, baking spatula, whisk, dinner knife, ordinary teaspoon
2/3 cup (160 mL) milk
¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted butter
1½ cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour (spoon in, level)
2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
1½ tsp (7 mL) dried Italian seasoning or oregano
1½ tsp (7 mL) white sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) chili powder
½ tsp (2 mL) garlic salt
¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
¼ tsp (1 mL) baking soda
½ cup (125 mL) pre-grated cheddar cheese
2 eggs
1/3 cup (80 mL) tomato sauce
1 Tbsp (15 mL) Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place paper cupcake liners in 12 muffin cups.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat the milk and butter in the microwave at 50% power until the butter is melted (about 1 minute). Set aside.
  4. In another big bowl, use a baking spatula to mix the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning or oregano, sugar, chili powder, garlic salt, salt, baking soda, and cheddar cheese. Set aside.
  5. Go back to the milk mixture. Pour it into the flour mixture.
  6. Crack two eggs into the empty bowl that was used for the milk mixture. Use a whisk to mix the egg whites and yolks together. Pour the eggs into the bowl with the flour mixture. Use the baking spatula to mix until no more dry flour can be seen and the eggs are mixed in. Use a dinner knife to scrape sticky ingredients off the spatula. This is the batter.
  7. Pour the tomato sauce onto the batter, but do not stir normally. Instead, use the baking spatula to stir only once or twice around the bowl. Just make streaks of tomato sauce in the batter. Don’t mix it in completely.
  8. Use an ordinary teaspoon to scoop up the batter. Push it off the spoon with your finger into the 12 lined cups. Fill the cups evenly.
  9. Hold the tablespoon of Parmesan cheese over the cups of batter and lightly tap the side of the spoon so a sprinkling of cheese falls on top of the batter.
  10. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes, until the muffins are golden. Cool to lukewarm in the pans before eating.
Makes 12 Cheese Pizza Muffins.

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