Friday, January 1, 2010

Sun-Dried Tomato Cottage Cheese Muffins

Happy new year everyone!! Did anyone make new years resolutions/goals? I made a list of about 10-15 things I want to do in 2010. A few of them are join Toastmasters, donate blood and take swing dancing lessons! Some of my goals I need to make more concrete like eat healthier and reduce stress.

I've been neglecting my blog recently but hopefully will get back into it soon. Only a few days left of vacation then back to school on Monday! Yikes. Anyway, these sun dried tomato cottage cheese muffins were quite yummy and are good for a snack or for breakfast. These muffins really stuck to the muffin tin (as you can kind of see in the back of the photo) so I very highly recommend you use baking cups, unlike I did.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Savoury Green Onion Ricotta Muffins
Caramelized Onion, Sage and Cheddar Muffins
Cheddar & Dill Beer Bread Rolls

Sun-Dried Tomato Cottage Cheese Muffins
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

The recipe requires very finely ground almonds, which you can buy or do yourself. I ground the almonds with the 1/4 cup flour to try and minimize the chance of almond butter being created!

Makes 10-11 muffins

1 cup plain cottage cheese (low-fat is fine)
3/4 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup almonds, very finely ground
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped (Ashley note: If using dried and not in oil, rehydrate in boiling water first.)
2 tbsp freeze dried basil (Ashley note: Original recipe calls for 1/4 cup fresh. You could also use 2-4 tsp dried.)
1/4 cup water
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a muffin pan with medium-sized paper baking cups, you'll need nine of them.

Put the cottage cheese into a bowl with all but 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, water, and eggs, and season with salt, then mix all together.

Spoon the mixture into the muffing cups 3/4 full, scatter with the remaining Parmesan, and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until set, risen, and golden brown. Serve as hot or at room temperature.


My Year Without said...

Oh my gosh--I clicked over to your blog because of the interesting muffin recipe and then I read about your wanting to join Toastmasters!

I joined them while I finished my Psychology degree. I needed to take a public speaking course but I used to be terrified of it. Toastmasters actually helped a LOT.

Ricki said...

Happy new year, and good luck with all your list items! (I was in Toastmasters many years ago--it was really lots of fun). The muffins look great, though after too many "stick-to-the-pan" muffins of my own, I always use the paper liners, now. :)

Grace said...

swing dance lessons, eh? that sounds like a blast--go for it! great twist on muffins here--you had my attention at sun-dried tomatoes and kept it all the way through. :)

Hannah said...

Happy New Year, Ashley! Sounds like you have quite the game plan already. Hope 2010 is filled with nothing but happiness, health, and success for you. :)

kimberleyblue said...

I love how you make so many savoury muffins. As usual, these have me drooling.

Those are some nice resolutions. I haven't made any, but I'm impressed with yours!

fresh365 said...

You have the best muffin recipes! I don't really care much about muffins, but each time you post one, I think "yes, please"!

Johanna said...

happy new year - I made this muffin a couple of years ago and loved it but funnily enough was thinking yesterday that I should try making it again - and good luck with getting back into school

Rose&Thorn said...

Happy New year to you too! I have not done any real blogging while on holiday either. Will get back into the swing of things once I am back at work.
I love the muffins - yummy. Sundried tomatoes are a favourite of mine.

Teanna said...

Ooooh I love some savory muffins! Those look delicious!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Happy New Year! I hope school is great and not too stressful. It's always tough going back after a great vacation. Swing dancing lessons sounds like the perfect way to welcome in the new year!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

What a great and unique recipe! I am looking forward to trying this one! I have a few things on my list this year one is to take motorcycle safety class!!

saveur said...

Hey Ashley, I am also taking up swing dancing this year! :D

Anonymous said...

the coconut shortbread were fantastic - thanks for posting.

Tia said...

another one to book mark. thanks!