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After completing Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for a cheese and chive bread (the infamous green loaf), I wanted to experiment with other combinations that would work for a savory quickbread. I had been craving tapas and the flavors of Spain for a while, so I decided to modify the recipe, substituting the suggested French cheeses with a sharp Manchego and adding roasted red peppers and walnuts to the mix. If I had serrano ham on hand… it would have gone in there too! Instead of baking a loaf, I chose to make mini teacakes or muffins. I had purchased two bundt/cupcake/muffin pans around December and really wanted to use them.
Manchego & Roasted Red Pepper Teacakes
(a Dorie Greenspan Savory Cheese and Chive Bread offshoot)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (it depends on what cheese and add-ins you’re using)
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch black pepper
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
The Lagniappe – a little something extra
1 cup grated manchego cheese
2 roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
1/3 cup toasted walnuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350F°. Grease two muffin tins with butter.
Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs for about one minute, and add the milk and olive oil. Pour this mixture, the cheese, peppers and walnuts into the dry ingredients, and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling it 2/3 of the way, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness using the knife test.
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