Pumpkin feast is celebrated in a beautiful village up North during the month of October every year. Veronica from Manikata was our tv guest this week and this is her recipe for Pumpkin muffins with cheddar and bacon. They were delicious and you will need:
80ml olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
250g pumpkin cut into very small cubes
100g grated cheddar
150g white gbejna (if you are not on the islands, use a semi hard white goats cheese)
300ml semi skimmed or skimmed milk
375g self raising flour
Salt and pepper to season if desired
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan and saute the chopped onion and crushed garlic. Stir and cook on moderate heat until they soften. Add the chopped bacon and cook for 5 minutes. Add the chopped pumpkin. Cook for another 5 minutes and remove from heat.
Allow the mixture to cook.
Sift the flour and add the salt and pepper if you are using it.
Add the grated cheeses and leave aside 3 spoonfuls to garnish the top.
In a separate container stir the milk, eggs and olive oil.
Add the cooled down bacon and pumpkin mix to the flour and mix gently to ensure that the pieces are covered with a light film of flour.
Add the cheese, gently mix and finally the liquids.
Spoon the mixture into paper cases in a muffin tin. Top each muffin with the grated cheese mix. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until they are golden brown at 190C. This makes 8 large muffins or 16 small ones.
Thank you Veronica !