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Recipe: Smokey Bacon & Honey Muffins

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Prize-winning cakes made with bacon you say? How ruddy marvellous! I’ve been working on this recipe for a little while, and testing it on all my friends.

Last weekend I made a batch with the delicious Willington Hall honey I brought home from Cheshire and entered them in the Wimblington & Stonea Horticultural Show.

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The challenge was to create one’s own recipe using honey. It could be anything. Last year I came 2nd with my Honey and Lavender Cakes. This year my honey muffins came 1st. Muffin power!

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They are dead simple to make, and pretty tasty too! I make muffin for you.

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Ingredients:
250g self-raising flour
100g mature cheddar cheese (grated)
3-4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
2 dessertspoons pure natural honey
250ml low fat natural yoghurt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large egg (preferably from a prize-winning chicken!)
A little butter for greasing the tin

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Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 180 ºC
Grease 12 hole muffin tin with the butter
Chop the bacon into small pieces and fry gently
Put the flour in a bowl and add the cheese, bacon and honey
Put the yoghurt in a jug, add the egg and olive oil, stir
Add the yoghurt mixture to the flour mixture and blend together
Spoon equal amounts into the muffin tray
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown

Then, the most important bit – tuck in!

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Will you be making some muffins? I’d really love to hear what you think of the Smokey Bacon & Honey Muffin.

This is my own original recipe (Ooo, get me!) If you do decide to share it I’d be really grateful if you’d link back to this post – thank you!

 

 

Chickens Win Prizes & So Do I!

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On Sunday, whilst I was competing in the Speed Championship at Hethel, I was also involved in another competition.

For the past two years I have spent the first Sunday of August at the Wimblington and Stonea Horticultural Show with my friend Liz, pimping my produce and judging the Children’s and Art categories.

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It was weird to be all dressed up in my race suit and helmet at the Hethel track, secretly wondering how my bacon muffins were performing.

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Last year I was quite successful. My Lemon Curd got a 1st, my herbs got a 1st, my honey recipe (a lovely sponge cake that I will share here soon!) came 2nd, my Victoria Sponge got nowhere, but most excitingly, Cheryl and Sandra chickens came 1st and 2nd in the egg category, bringing home the egg cup!

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Poor lovely Cheryl chicken died a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t going to say, because I like to just share the happy things, but it happened and it was very sad. She got ill and we tried to help her, did everything we could, but one morning Adam came down and found her dead. He buried her tiny body in the garden, next to the chicken house.

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She was only just a year old, but she’d had a lovely year of joy and gallivanting around, hanging out with Sandra and their friend Jonathan in his garage up the road, eating strawberries in the sun, sheltering from hail in the chicken condo, launching herself through my studio window and rushing to see us and squatting down ready to be picked up and cuddled. She really was a lovely chicken, a dear little creature and rather exceptional for an animal with such a small brain.

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We entered Cheryl’s last egg into the competition, along with one from Sandra and one from April, and, guess what? My little trio of chickens all took podium places! (Shame I can’t get some of their skills for the Sprinting!) April won 1st, Sandra 2nd, and Cheryl 3rd. That great big egg cup will be back in our kitchen soon!

I also got a 1st for my herbs, which weren’t particularly exciting, but they were colour coordinated!

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I got a 1st for my honey recipe – you have to create the recipe yourself, I made Smokey Bacon and Honey Muffins – yum. I used the special Willington Hall honey that I brought home last week, which I think made all the difference! Apparently I get to share the honey cup, I guess it’s like the egg cup, but it sounds a bit more weird.

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And I got 2nd place for my Lemon Curd.

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Last year, rather amusingly,  my prize-winning lemon curd got pinched – we think it was sent off to the lab for analysis by my rival! So in a way it was nice to come 2nd and know that Liz and I will be able to tuck into some fresh bread and lemon curd for lunch when we meet up this week!