Friday, March 13, 2009

Eggless savory cheese muffins

I never thought going eggless in my baking until Madhu of egglesscooking got the idea of creating a series for egg substitute. This month egg substitute is Vinegar. My first reaction was is vinegar an egg replacement? Wow, I never knew it before. Thanks for highlighting and bringing to my attention, Madhu.

Vinegar is widely used in my mom cooking, whenever she prepares pickles, vinegar plays an important role of preserving, when the mutton needs to be cooked faster, she adds a little bit, the job is done in few minutes. The acidity of the liquid tenderizes the meat.

But my way of using vinegar is quiet different. I keep white vinegar in stock to clean around my house. Yes, one of the natural way of cleaning without any harsh chemical. Wondering what I do with vinegar?

*To shine my stainless steel sink back: Sprinkle some baking soda and pour some white vinegar. Scrub around and let it sit 5 minutes. Rinse with tap water, the steel shine back.
*To remove the mineral in coffee filter: Pour a cup of white vinegar in water reservoir and run the cycle. Discard the vinegar and run two cycle of plain water to rinse. Otherwise, ur coffee will taste vinegar flavor!
*Discourage ants: Spray vinegar near my door way or window.

Those are few things; I do around with the vinegar. Ok, coming to the recipe, the rule is
1 egg = 1 tbsp vinegar + 1 tsp of baking soda or even 2 tbsp of lemon juice can be used instead of vinegar.

I adapted this savory muffin recipe and play around the ingredients to suit my taste buds and substituted the egg to vinegar + baking soda. I totally modified the recipe, just keeping in my mind the measurement and the review about the recipe.
They turn out excellent, spongy, cheesy, and slightly peppery and the cilantro gave an Asian touch. I served warm for breakfast and no need of any accompaniment.
Very important thing, it doesn’t smell vinegar, it paired well with the cheese!


Eggless Savory muffins
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Eggless savory cheese muffins



The recipe yield: 7 medium muffins

Ingredients:

Whole wheat pastry flour or AP flour: 1/2 cup
Oat flour: 1/2 cup (ground any oats that you have around into powder)
Pepper powder: 1 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Apple cider vinegar: 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Baking soda:1/2 tsp
Baking powder: 1 tsp
Buttermilk: 3/4 cup
Vegetable oil: 2 tbsp
Honey: 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Monterey Jack cheese (grated) or any cheese of ur choice: 1/2 cup
Cilantro leaves: 2 tbsp minced

Method:

Preheat the oven at 400 degree F.
Mix the two flours, pepper powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl.
Combine the honey, vegetable oil, buttermilk and vinegar together.
Mix into dry ingredients, just moistened the mixture. It will be lumpy don't worry (over mixing will result to hard muffins)
Fold the grated cheese and cilantro
Grease a muffins tray , or use directly a silicone mold. Scoop 2/3 of the mixture in tin/mold and bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Enjoy for ur breakfast or accompanied with soup! Don't forget to warm them few seconds in microwave.


For next time: I would substitute pepper to fresh jalepenos, I felt pepper doesn't give enough kick and omit the honey! Don't try to bombard me , I am a spice gal after all.




*Muffins are great for the picnic basket:
Sending to Recipes to rest of us: Picnic Eats by Trupti, created by Ramki

*The healthy savory muffins is ending to Roma who host JFI-wheat, another event created by Indira

*My muffins are flying to SWC: Meals on wheel by my dear Laksmi who chose a non spoilage food for at least 2 days. If u bake this recipe u got to double it, for saving some for the trip.

*Last but not least, Think Spice: Think pepper hosted by Dilse Divya, event originated by Sunita


Enjoy your weekend :)

71 comments:

Gita's Kitchen said...

THey look so temptimg Cham.. nice color and looks so yummy :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Cheese muffins makes me crazy dear. Looks yummy. Addition of vinegar sounds new to me. If you're saying...then its going to be super-good!

DEESHA said...

Iam scared to bake without eggs, will muster courage to go eggless once. This looks very nice. I always prefer savory ones to the sweet ones

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely and perfect entry to all the events.They look too perfect and wow.

Madhumathi said...

Wow..Cham,these muffins look gorgeous..Can i have some??
Hey then the vinegar tips are so useful :)

Varsha Vipins said...

You too for eggless rally??:D..I guess all the hens are gonna start striking soon..!! :D
The muffins look delish..I liked that u added oats..balances off the unhealthiness of AP flour..nice click ..the mat is cool..:)

Usha said...

Those look soft and yum, I have yet to try using vinegar as an egg substitute, these muffins look like a great place to start !

Happy cook said...

I too have never bakedanything without eggs and hi hi i too use viniegear for cleaning and also use the bicarbonate for cleaning too.
Love the muffings, they do look yummy.

Asha said...

Vinegar! Isn't that new to learn as a replacement for eggs? Muffins looks so yum, savory too, so great for breakfast. Good one Cham! :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

very different kind of muffin. a treat to spice lovers!
thanks for the tips on using the vinegar.

Vani said...

Never baked anything from scratch! Usually use store bought pizza dough or Pillsbury dough for baking :) This recipe looks easy & fool-proof even for me, I think! Love the idea of savory, monterey-jack cheesy muffins! Will surely let u know if I muster courage to do some real baking & try this :)

AnuSriram said...

I always go for eggless bakes... I love them! Muffins looks gorgeous and i wish i could have them for breakfast!

Laavanya said...

Oh this looks fabulous - spicy & cheesey. I'm a spice-gal like you too :)

A_and_N said...

The muffins look good Cham :) Any particular reason for using pastry flour? And I dont know if you've had muffins with eggs but if you have, then how different did these muffins taste?

A.

Cham said...

A & N Wheat flour tend to dense, whole wheat pastry are good for cookies, muffins,and quick bread give a light texture.
I ve tasted sweet one but not savory before. But this muffins came out really spongy (which I really wanted) with the use of vinegar and baking soda! May be I should try with egg the same recipe! and make the real difference!

meeso said...

Although I eat eggs, I love to have these recipes on hand for times when I run out... they look awesome!

Cilantro said...

Nice click Cham, Looks delicious. I would like to try them. I am a spice lover too.

Pooja said...

Nice post...Muffins without eggs...

Priya said...

Cheese muffins looks too great...yet to try savoury muffins..vinegar works out wonder na..initally i was quite bothered to try with vinegar, now am damn sure that i can come up without any problem..prefect entry!!

Archy said...

Wow, eggless savory muffin.. looks so great with cheese!!

Vibaas said...

they look so tempting. nice recipe..

when i saw vinegar as egg substitute i was surprised too...as i use it for cleaning and in my laundry :D Never used it in cooking :D

Pearlsofeast said...

Lovely recipe Cham.I have bookmarked it. Thanks for lovely recipes.

Ashwini said...

Adding vinegar is something new..But muffins looks so yumm and also healthy..Nice color..

Madhuram said...

Thank you so very much Cham for the entry. I too like savory muffins and can't wait to try these.

I also use vinegar all the time for cleaning. I've got one more use too. Use a dab of vinegar on CD/DVDs which have scratches and dont work. This works like a magic, especially with my DVDs which my son keeps playing with. Just use a cloth and wipe it with the vinegar and the DVD is as good as new again.

Soma said...

looks really good. in the baking department I am way behind & haven't tried any substiutes other than flaxseed.

I use vinegar a lot in cleaning..even for cleaning mirrors.

Cham said...

Madhuram Thanks for the awesome tip, very helpful for me too!

rekhas kitchen said...

wow looks so great so soft and that to savory hummmm intrestimg bookmarked hey samepinch for that muffin cups

Vandana Rajesh said...

Hi cham these look wonderful and going eggless is great. Have quite a few friends who would love to have an eggless baking recipe. Like the new look of ur blog:)

Sunshinemom said...

He he:) I use vinegar for sparkling my windows and mirror too! Of course, a little bit goes into Chinese cooking or when I curdle milk for paneer. I have done baking but was so unsure of the action that I always used it alongside tofu:) Your savory muffins look great and I really appreciate that you always think out of the box and come up with great recipes for events. I need lessons:)

Aparna said...

MOst people I know like their muffins sweet, but I like mine savoury like this.
Never used vinegar to substitute eggs. Must try it. Its nice that you can't taste it because I don't like the taste of vingear, either.:(
I also use vinegar for cleaning (and cooking, sometimes!). :)

Ann said...

Cheese muffins look tempting dear...can imagine how it will be tasting with vinegar..yummy yum

Vicky Xavier. said...

cheesy muffins looks delicious dear. Good to go with coffee:)

LG said...

OMG...they look so yumm! Many many thanks for sending them accross to my event. I think I need to make few batches of muffins to carry them for my trip next month ;)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo nice entry for the so much of events..looks new recipe and very tempting..

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Muffins look cute! Love the species in it..useful tips Cham! great entry for all the events..

Uma said...

hi spice buddy! Savory muffins look great! Tell me when you bake them with jalapenos. I will join you in the breakfast :). Thanks for wonderful tips using vinegar. So helpful for me.

Seena said...

Lovely muffins! hm, you always enjoy changing headers..,looks so nice.. :)

Solai Chidambaram said...

I am eagerly waiting for some easy recipe to use my OTG oven.THankyou Cham.Good tips abt the use of vinegar.

romaspace said...

Cham, Thanks for participating in JFI-Wheat.

The savory muffins are impressive & red paper cups look stunning. Actually, I also did not know that vinegar was a substitute for egg till Madhu announced her event.

Arch said...

Really useful tips about the vinegar, Cham...And the muffins look great, would be great with the pepper in it...i've started bloggin recently - drop by sometime

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Good to see a substitute for egg in savory muffins! Cool!
Nice entries for the events too!

Ankita said...

Anything cheesy is loved by me but my waistline hates it :).
Your muffins are so tempting.Even i use vinegar as egg substitute and it works great.

priar's, said...

Hi cham,
thax for the tip of egg replacement...muffin supera irruku:)

Red Chillies said...

I was dreaming of corn cheese muffins today and I will take these healthy version any time :-)

Deepa Hari said...

Muffins look soft and yum...addition of vinegar sounds great and new to me....nice tips abt. vinegar.

Anisheetu said...

Wow looking really mouthwatering...

Kayal said...

Good One cham, tempting muffins

Divya Kudua said...

Lovely muffins Cham..I havent tried svaoury muffins yet.This sounds like a must try with cheese and spices..and eggless too!!

Akal's Saappadu said...

I would have never imagined with vinegar... like you, I use white vinegar just for pickles and house cleaning :) but you've used cider vinegar, so, it's milder and goes well with savories; i've never tasted savory muffins neither; your recipe sounds yummm with the grated cheese, they've come out perfect; I'm a pure non-veggie, i don't mind using eggs at all, how many do you think we should be adding in that case?

Sandeepa said...

I have never tried eggless baking, leave aside that I haven't done much baking at all ;-)
The muffins look cute

notyet100 said...

thy look so warm nd yum,..;-)

Cham said...

akal's Saapadu: Cider vinegar is very mild and works well with food.The batter is quiet thick so you can easily replace vinegar & baking soda with one egg.

Shree said...

I stoped baking coz my in-laws do not allow egg in the house :( These look soo yumm.. have to try these out asap.. Thanks cham for sharing the recipe

Divya Vikram said...

Thanks for sending this to Think Pepper event Cham. Great substitute for egg. Looks perfectly baked.

Ramya Bala said...

Yum YUm...as deepthi said,am scared to bake without eggs ;)looks very delicious Cham

Preety said...

i love savory muffins so much..i make it with cornmeal most of the time..but this is new recipe..gotta try this one

n33ma said...

These muffins look so yummy.I have never tried oato flour ever.This is a good recipe Spice girl!!!!!lol

Cynthia said...

Savoury I like, sweet, not so much.

aquadaze said...

I have never baked without eggs...these savoury muffins sound very nice

Miri said...

I knew about other substitutes, but vinegar is an interesting one to learn about - and your muffins look tempting!

Raaga said...

I made cheese muffins last weekend. Yours look great too. I used vinegar in one eggless cake. I usually use egg substitute... so haven't tried much with vinegar :)

these look very nice.

Rachel said...

Vinegar as a substitute is interesting...

bee said...

these look great. another use for vinegar - if you need buttermilk for baking, just add 1 tbsp vinegar to half cup milk and proceed.

Adlak's tiny world said...

yummy muffins that too savory taste.. hm...

Shubha said...

Hi dear.....How ru doing?? long long time... the Muffins look awesome..:D

Suma Rajesh said...

cham..a small treat for u on my blog..

Cham said...

Bee Thanks for the buttermilk idea using vinegar!

Suparna said...

Hi cham,
Very interesting to know that vinegar can be used as an egg substitute :) thanks!
The savory cheese muffins look swell..nice snap.
TC

Ylre said...

I am not very familiar with the characteristics of buttermilk. I wonder if it's possible to substitute buttermilk with soymilk?

Cham said...

Yire: if u want to subst buttermilk with soymilk, add 1/2 cup soymilk + 1 tbsp vinegar! Hope my suggestion will help u.

Rajee said...

Looks Pretty, Vadivu!