Actually, I already wanted to present a recipe for zucchini or pepper muffins for some time. How happy I was, when I found out that in the cook book From Season to Season: A Year in Recipes from Sophie Dahl there was also a recipe for zucchini muffins. And above all, this recipe even matched very well to my personal idea of cooking with a limited stock of ingredients. No wonder, that I directly had to try it out.
Besides of this, I also read a little more about Sophie Dahl, which recalled in the end some childhood memories to me when I found out that the British novelist, poet and screenwriter Roald Dahl was her grandfather. Roald Dahl has written books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda or The Witches, all books which were later turned into movies. And also as well the film script for James Bond: You Only Live Twice and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were done by Roald Dahl. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a very kitschy, or lets call it trashy musical film from 1968 which was shot at places like Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Neuschwanstein Castle and St. Tropez to give the younger ones an idea what kind of movie they have to imagine. So far this movie was totally out of my mind, but when I read all this now it all came back. Ok, I did not really feel like 5 or 6 years again ;-) but to my mind came the little “Eva” which was at that age almost crazy about this movie and at the same time also always a little scary because of the story, especially the nasty Baron Bomburst, played by Gerd Fröbe, scared me. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang could be even one of the first movies I have ever seen on TV which on the other hand I have not seen for at least 30 or more years while You Only Live Twice is for example shown on TV every now and then.
But maybe it is also fine that I did not had the chance to see that movie again up to now because this way I can keep it as childhood memory as it is, from a time I did not know anything about the existence of muffins ;-). What I can tell you about the zucchini muffins I tried out now, is that you can deep-freeze them without any problems. If you unfreeze them later in the microwave they taste like fresh from the oven.
- 1 zucchini roughly grated
- 100 g parmesan grated
- 1 tbsp thyme freshly chopped
- salt | pepper
- 225 g spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 50 ml olive oil
- 175 ml milk
- Preheat the oven to 190° C (fan 170° C) and grease 8 deepenings of a muffin tin.
- Mix the flour with the baking powder. While stirring add the egg, olive oil and milk. Stir in the zucchini, the cheese and the thyme and season with salt and pepper.
- Fill the dough into the greased baking tin and bake the muffins for about 20 minutes until they are golden brown.
serves 8 muffins Adapted from "From Season to Season" by Sophie Dahl