Carrot Muffins with Cream Cheese centres

Someone recently pinned this idea on Pinterest, and as soon as I saw it, I couldn’t believe I’d never tried this before!

I have an awesome (in my opinion) Carrot Cake recipe, and I’ve made muffins with cream cheese filling before, but never put the two ideas together. Silly.

So the other day I experimented with our family’s favourite Carrot Cake recipe and had a go. This is what happened:

Oh yea. They were amazing. Just looking at that photo again makes me want to eat about 10 more of them. Mmmmmm……

Want to make some too? You won’t regret it, I promise.

Notes before you start: This recipe will JUST make 12 muffins so when you’re spooning the mixture into the tins I suggest you spoon cautiously or make less. You want about half of the mixture under the cream cheese, half over. I also take no responsibility for you eating the whole batch before anyone else gets a chance.

Carrot Muffins with Cream Cheese Centres

Ingredients:

  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c soya oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 c grated carrot
  • 1/2 c chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 125g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Prepare muffin tins.
  2. In a small bowl mix together cream cheese and icing sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a larger bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Add vanilla, oil, eggs, carrot and walnuts (if using) to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Spoon a small amount of mixture into each muffin tin (see note above). Divide the cream cheese mixture into the 12 tins using two teaspoons, one for scooping and one for scraping the mixture into the tin. Try to drop the mixture into the centre. Spoon the remaining carrot mixture on top of the cream cheese, taking care to not leave any cream cheese exposed.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 mins, or until risen and muffins spring back when touched.

How not to make muffins

I’ve managed to butcher my favourite muffin recipe. The last two times I’ve made them, they have turned out horrible. Everything seems ok until they go into the oven, but they just don’t cook properly. See?

The failed muffins.

They look cooked, except for the fact that they haven’t risen and are still wet on the inside.

I know the problem has occured somewhere between me using the original recipe straight from the website, and me using my handwritten version in my recipe book. Did I miss something out when I wrote it down? Maybe. When I find the original recipe I might be able to figure it out!

I’ll keep you posted, and if I’m successful I’ll share the recipe!

Nic.

Homemade Pizza

Ok so I know that this is mainly a craft blog, but food is going to turn up here occasionally because I like it. And that pizza really was as good as it looks. If you can manage to take your eyes away for a bit I’ll let you in on my pizza making secret.

Ready?

Just chuck anything on it. There. That’s it. What’s in your fridge? Throw it on. Homemade pizza is by far my favourite meal to cook because it doesn’t really involve any thinking. You just put on whatever you have and call it food. One time I didn’t even have cheese but I didn’t realise until it was too late so we cooked it and ate it anyway. It was really yum!

This particular pizza has on it, in this order (not that order is important here!):

  • Tomato Paste
  • Honey soy chicken leftover from the other night
  • A sausage leftover from last night
  • Bacon
  • Red onion leftover from… not sure
  • Roasted pumpkin leftover from ages ago (from the freezer I promise)
  • Peas and corn leftover from last night
  • Gherkin (always in my fridge, love it)
  • Masterfoods Italian Herbs seasoning (always a good idea)
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mozarella cheese (bought when it was cheaper than our usual colby or edam, frozen)
  • Edam cheese

Each time I make pizza it comes out different depending on what’s in the fridge. But that’s kinda fun, you never know what it’s going to come out like.

I should also point out that there is a range of random frozen things in my freezer to make life easier for me, we will get to that in another post, but that’s why I have tomato paste, bacon and roasted pumpkin just hanging around for pizza emergencies.

What do you put on your pizzas? Do you like a more traditional style or are you a throw-it-all-on type too?

Nicola