Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Pizza Muffins

Pizza muffins, savoury muffins, call them what you will - they make a tasty snack.  Of course I love sweet muffins too - especially the blueberry kind.  When my father-in-law died fifteen years ago, I made a batch of muffins to take up to feed the grieving family.  For the first time ever, they were flat and unhappy little muffins, sunk down in misery in the muffin tray.  I guess they were reflecting the sadness we all felt...  But these little darlings will make you very happy, my friends.

savoury, cheesy, delicious morsels

I hunted through my multitudinous cookbook collection for muffin recipes and came up with the basics for the amount of flour, baking powder and so on.  Then I added in all the tasty pizza-like bits and bobs: cheese and olives, basil, ham and tomato paste...  Mr P. and Princess Pia were both fans of the finished result of my playing-around.  I hope you are too:-)  And don't be put off by the long list of ingredients; this is such an easy recipe, and it comes together very quickly, with delicious results.


250g. (8 oz) plain flour 

2½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp bicarb soda

2 tsp lightly dried parsley (optional)

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tsp basil paste

2-3 tsp tomato paste

150 mLs plain yoghurt

100 mLs buttermilk

75 mLs milk approx.

45 mLs olive oil

40g. ricotta

80g. ham, chopped roughly

40g. kalamata olives, sliced finely

50g. parmesan, grated

25g. roasted capsicum, chopped roughly

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

2-3 tsp spaghetti sprinkles (optional) for the top


Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and parsley into a large mixing bowl 

Whisk the egg in a large jug, then add the basil and tomato pastes;  stir well

Add the yoghurt, buttermilk, and milk into the jug and stir very well - you want to have 350 mLs all up in the jug, so adjust the plain milk as necessary

Now the olive oil and ricotta are added to the yoghurt mixture; you've got the picture - stir well

Whisk the ham, olives, parmesan, capsicum, salt and pepper into the flour mixture

Gently fold the yoghurt mixture into the flour; don't worry about lumps or bits of flour - you don't want to overwork the batter

Spoon the batter into a lined or greased 12 hole muffin tray and cast the sprinkles over the top; this batter makes 15 muffins so you will need to bake these, then bake the rest (unless you have 2 trays)

Bake at 180C for 25-30 minutes till golden

Leave to cool in the tray for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack

Delicious with lots of butter


I used patty pan liners to bake these, but you could just grease the holes well with butter

I baked 12 muffins, then used the rest of the batter to make one big pancake-like object - Mr P. was a big fan of this!

Spaghetti sprinkles are a mix of chilli, herbs and spices

whisk the flour, baking powder etc together 

gathering ingredients 

stir the wet and dry ingredients together - gently 

ready for the batter (I just think this shot is cute)

ready to be baked @180C for 25-30 mins.

savoury golden beauties

you can smell them from here:-)

fluffy, savoury muffins

   artwork © Sherry's Pickings  


  1. Sherry these look like my kind of muffin, and there is no way these could be sad and flat with the basic list of ingredients you have in them before adding the tasty pizza bits. I can almost smell them cooking from here, yum. On my list.

    1. thanks pauline. you can add your own fave herbs and bits and pieces to these, of course. they are a delish snack for any time of day. cheers sherry

  2. What a clever muffin. It's go everything - parmesan, olives, ad ham. Bet your house smelled wonderful while baking and I'm sure the flavor was as good as they smelled.

    1. thanks MJ. yes they were delightful as they cooked.

  3. I adore savoury muffins! These would be really nice to go with some harvest salad or soup. Seriously yummy!

  4. Such a great idea! I wonder why the other ones didn't work and it was based on emotions? So interesting!

    1. yes it's amazing how our emotions can affect things like baking. They were such sad little muffins.

  5. I love the savory muffin concept! One of these would make a perfect lunch on the go.

    1. hi david
      yes they are so handy to have around for a quick bite. especially when slathered in butter! cheers S

  6. These pizza muffins look so yummy!I think I’m going to have to try them SOON! They will be great packing in a lunch box.

    1. hi balvinder
      yes they are very useful for lunch or any time... cheers sherry

  7. Sherry, these pizza muffins look so delicious! My kids would go crazy over them. Whenever I think of muffins, I think of the sweet variety. Boy, have I been missing out!

    1. hi kelly
      yes i think i prefer a savoury muffin. mmm well almost:)

  8. They sound absolutely delicious! I much prefer savory muffins.

  9. Oh yum! These sound delicious! I have a pizza muffin recipe somewhere in the vast abyss of my drafts folder - yours look delicious. In my opinion, everything is better with olives and now I know what spaghetti sprinkles are :) I bet these would go great in a lunchbox.

    1. yes i only found out recently what a spaghetti sprinkle is! i bought a jar of it from a wine region. i mean they make other fab things, not just wine. it is a big Italian area so i guess they like their spaghetti:-)

  10. What a fun idea! I love all things pizza, and I also love baking muffins. I should totally get a batch of these into the oven. Like Kelly said, I often think sweet when I think muffins. I need to expand into the world of pizza muffins now!

    1. hi david
      i do love a good cheesy, savoury muffin or scone for that matter. tho a blueberry muffin is always a winner...

  11. I bake very similar, they are so good!☺

  12. I love a good savoury muffin - sweet are good but some days I just need savoury.

  13. I think I've told you previously how much I enjoy savoury scones and muffins. They are the perfect 'take to work' breakfast for me. Mr Tiffin... meh, not so keen. This means It's the one bake I can be assured that there will be enough for me for the week ahead.


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