making baby-friendly muffins and cakes

January 16, 2013 at 10:36 am 6 comments

”I haven’t got time for …” is the battle cry of many a new mum and where baking is concerned it’s certainly been mine (I’m not sure I still qualify as a new mum with E turning one soon but more on that later!).  When E was 5 weeks old I baked 30 scones as a thank you for the midwives who looked after us in hospital.  It proved to be an ardous task babywearing a sleeping boy on my front (for 2 hours I seem to recall) so you’ll understand why baking never made it back onto my ‘to do’ list.27-11-12 - savoury muffins 4B

All that has changed since discovering the wonderful Mamacook last month while searching for sugar free cake recipes.  I wanted to do a trial run on a baby-friendly birthday cake for E and did so using Mamacooks sugar free carrot, sultana and apple cake recipe.  Fruity, moist and lovely it was; pretty it wasn’t.  Not for a special 1st birthday cake anyway (no offence intended Mamacook!) and as I would have negated all the no-sugar goodness by slapping a load of icing on top to decorate it I’ve decided to park that recipe for another day.MOSAIC - birthday cake trial

What I have been making repeatedly are  Mamacooks mini muffins with feta cheese.  I didn’t have any spinach the first time I tried this recipe so substituted grated courgette and used gluten-free flour.  They were so quick to make and E enjoyed his first taste fresh from the oven  while the cheese was still a little gooey.  As you can imagine he suddenly became very popular with the cats!12-1-13 - E feeding Mikey muffin 4B

So back to the muffins …I’ve made 2 other slight variations on the savoury muffin theme in preparation for E’s birthday party this week.  Feta and spinach using wholemeal flour and feta and semi-dried tomatoes with plain flour (the beauty of this recipe is that just about any flour combination seems to work effortlessly with the moist egg/oil/milk combination). 12-1-13 - feta and tomato muffins 4B

to make feta mini-muffins  (one pack of feta = double recipe)

what you need
100g frozen chopped spinach (or 1/2 grated courgette as in first picture or handful of chopped oven-dried tomatoes as above)
2 eggs
4 tbsp milk (works well with non-diary milk too)
100g Feta cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
150g self-raising flour
A few grindings of nutmeg
oil to grease pan (I used sillicone cup cake cases)

what you do

  • Preheat the oven to 180°c / 350F (fan) – 200°C / 400F (conventional).
  • Mamacook says leave the spinach to defrost or if you’re impatient, heat in the microwave gently until defrosted.  I say if your freezer is bare grate a courgette/chop some fresh spinach/toss in some semi-dried tomatoes.
  • Cut the feta into small (approx 0.5cm) cubes.
  • Mix the eggs, milk, olive oil and cheese then mix in the chopped veg.
  • Brush the cup cake cases or pan with oil
  • Mix the wet mix into the flour and nutmeg.  Mamacook says do so until *just* combined.  The rule is with muffins that you don’t overmix.  Spoon a desert spoonful into each hollow.
  • Bake for 15-17 mins

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making a wild stripes baby blanket a first birthday in pictures

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joanna  |  January 17, 2013 at 8:40 am

    They sound gorgeous and E is looking beautiful, a year already? Time flies. Savoury muffins sound perfect for little people and for anyone watching their sugar intake. I would love one of these right now ! xx

  • 2. Kate  |  January 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Ooh, thank you! Ted’s really enjoying his food (he’s 7 months now) and I think he’ll like these. Happy Birthday Euan!

  • 3. Nip it in the bud  |  January 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Joanna – thank you for your kind words about both my creations :o) these freeze brilliant and are great for emergency lunches with baked beans or scrambled egg.

    Kate – Ted’s 7 months already, blimey! I’ve no doubt he’ll enjoy these and it’s so easy to mix them up with different ingredients each time. Thanks for E’s birthday wishes x

  • 4. Shelley  |  February 14, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Hiya, my boy will be 1 in March. Last year the allotment went to pot! I’m a single momma, and baby H was not happy in the great outdoors, so I had no choice but to leave it for the year, and sadly give up my chooks. =( I’m hoping that this year, toddler H will enjoy being there a little more. Just waiting for some improvement in weather!

    How do you think you will get on at the allotment with your own toddler? How do we keep their feet warm!? I can’t get damp-proof shoes small enough for H yet, so am a bit concerned…

    I came across your site after Googling “Allotment Baby”, trying to get some hints and tips to make it work! =)

  • 5. Nip it in the bud  |  February 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Shelley, thanks for stopping by :o) I’m sorry to hear you had to part with your chickens, that can’t have been an easy decision. Fingers crossed we all manage a spot of gardening this year!

    E will be walking by Easter so we have some wellies for him to wear. Our plot is really nettley and brambly so he’ll need something to come up around his ankles and long trousers to tuck into them. They can be tricky to get on if they’re too small so going up a size or two shouldn’t be too bad if you put extra socks on and at least his feet will be nice and snuggly. E’s are a size 4

    Have fun celebrating your allotment babies birthday in a few weeks time. All the best and happy growing, N x

  • 6. mamacook  |  March 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Wow! I’ve just found your links to my blog. Thank you for the comments and no worries about the prettiness or lack of!


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