Oh the summer. Love it, hate it. Depends on the day. I can't seem to decide. I've definitely always been in love with summer fruit. Peaches, watermelons, cherries, loquats. I've been drooling over the idea of fresh picked fruit from my parents' fields. Getting out of Barcelona, going down to Castellon and waking up early in the morning to go pick fruit with my dad. Priceless.
I have to train myself to bake with veggies. We've always had fruit trees. That's what my grandparents made a living of and most of the trees still survive. In winter, juicy oranges and tangerines are waiting for us to pick them. In summer, loquats, apricots and cherries are my go to fruits. But, now we have veggies too!
Ever since my parents retired last summer, they've been massively planting all sorts of veggies, trying to figure out what would grow in the mediterranean climate. They've already eaten tomatoes and fava beans. Peppers of all colors are in progress. Zucchini and yellow squash are already growing, waiting for me to pick them and turn them into some baked goods. So obviously I had to practice!
I love zucchini bread, but lately I've been all into savory baking. These muffins are perfection. Corn meal combined with flour. Lots of zucchini and oozing pepper jack cheese. They were part of my 4th of july menu and they didn't last long at all. Not a fan of spicy cheese? Use some cheddar, mix cheeses, you can't go wrong with these.
Pepper jack zucchini muffins
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1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 large eggs
1 cup grated zucchini (1 medium)
6 oz Pepper jack cheese, shredded
Preheat the oven to 375 F
In a bowl, mix together corn meal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a smaller bowl whisk together the eggs, yogurt and oil. Stir in the dry ingredients. Add the zucchini and cheese and mix just until combine. Pour the batter into the muffin cups. Bake the muffins for about 20 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don't worry if you hear 'weird' noises, that's your cheese oozing out of your muffins!
Wait wait! don't close the window yet. I wanna share with you one of the prettiest things that the summer brings to this city. I'm definitely in love with dahlias...