These are what the French call "cakes" - they are little savoury buns or muffins - and are always requested for breakfasts in the Auberge. They are delicious split and spread with herb and garlic cheese when warm - or serve them alongside hot soups, stews, chilli or casseroles! I have also made these with grated Gruyere cheese as well as Emmenthal....the trick is to use a mature and strong tasting cheese. I have suggested using smoked ham in this recipe - it just gives a wonderful extra flavour to these delicious buns/muffins. They freeze well and are easily reheated, if you have any left! We often have these for Christmas morning breakfast or brunch with the optional chives added, and then spread with smoked salmon butter - divine!
- 300 g self raising flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon savoury instant bouillon granules (such as vegetable or chicken)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon smoked paprika or 1⁄2 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon dry English-style mustard
- 150 g chopped smoked ham
- 185 g grated mature farmhouse cheddar cheese
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 250 ml milk
- 6 tablespoons light olive oil or 6 tablespoons light vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives (optional)
- Pre-heat an oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 5.
- Grease a 12 hole muffin or bun tray/pan.
- Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper - but be careful not to over salt as the stock powder will contain salt.
- Stir in the ham and cheese, and chives if using, mix again.
- Add the egg, milk and olive oil - mix well - but do NOT over mix - just enough to combine the ingredients together. Adjust the consistency if too dry by adding a little more milk - the mixture should be a soft dropping consistency.
- Spoon mixture into the prepared muffin/bun tray/pan and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins are well risen and golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack.
- Serve whilst warm - delicious if spread with butter or soft cheese!