Roasted Peppers and Cheddar Cupcakes

by Erica Dinho on January 9, 2010


There are many reasons I don’t like Winter. First of all, Medellin, the city where I come from, is called “ The City Eternal Spring”. So, as you may have guessed, the weather in Medellin always resembles spring and there are no winters. I am not use to this cold weather. I have lived in New England for ten years, but I am still not used to it. Every year around the same time in January, I ask my husband the same question, “When is the last day of winter”? This year his answer was, “Look at the calendar, I can’t believe you ask me the same questions every year!” The second reason that I don’t like Winter is that I hate snow. Okay, I think it looks beautiful from the window, but that’s about all I like about it. The third and final reason is that it gets dark so early. My husband, on the other hand, loves winter and hates the heat, so there is no chance we are moving to Florida any time soon ;-)

So, let me tell you the positive things about Winter. I can cook comfort food, drink hot chocolate and wear boots and nice coats. I started writing this post after talking to my cousin Claudia, who lives in Florida, and I told her that it was snowing here. She said “Oh really, I have the windows open… it is so beautiful here. This conversation inspired this post :-)

Now, about the roasted peppers. These cupcakes are a great way to hide some vegetables in kid’s snacks and a great treat for adults alike. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chives for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. re-heat the oven to 350F.
  2. utter and flour the cupcakes pans or line them with paper liners.
  3. ombine the eggs, milk, cream cheese and olive oil in a medium bowl and beat together. Add the chopped roasted peppers and mix well.
  4. dd the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and grated cheddar cheese and stir to combine.
  5. ivide the mixture to the cupcakes molds. Sprinkle chives and parmesan cheese on top. Bake for about 22 minutes or until ready. Allow to cool in the pans for about 5 to 10 minutes.
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1 Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home January 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Hola Erica!

I really enjoyed reading this post. I feel the same exact way about winter. I’ve been braving the harsh NYC winters for 25 years and i’m still not used to it! I loathe the winter and am sometimes, i’m so jealous of people who live in California and Florida. These savory cupcakes are so cute!

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2 Sook January 9, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I’ve tried something similar last year and loved it. Yours look so delicious. I think it’d make a great breakfast. :)

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3 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best January 9, 2010 at 2:07 PM

This looks like a great bread to have along with a thick hearty chili! Looks great! Where in NE do you live?

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4 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 9, 2010 at 2:32 PM

wow I am totally in awe! I love the savoury muffins!

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5 Chris January 9, 2010 at 2:53 PM

I love the sound of this and the holder is just the cutest thing ever.

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6 Ivy January 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

That muffin looks so cute. I now what you mean about the weather. We have mild winters in Cyprus and I hate cold winters and love hot temperatures

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7 gloria January 9, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Esyos muffins se ven absolutamente deliciosos Erica, Gracias por la receta trataré de hacerla pronto. besoos

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8 Raje January 9, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Cheddar muffin sound yumm and look so perfect and moist Erica!

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9 Sandra g January 9, 2010 at 7:14 PM

I understand completely, right this minute is 18 degrees, but it feels like 0 degrees, my whole family lives in Florida, but me!, Get the boots and coat thing also, but enough about the winter, yuck! The muffins look delicious!

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10 Erica January 9, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Thank you all for visiting!

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11 Joy January 9, 2010 at 9:12 PM

It is so hot here in Melbourne Australia that I find the idea of snow quite inviting!!!! But I am glad you are eating delicious warming food and drinking hot chocolate, and Winter will be gone before you know it!
I LOVE this recipe! I can taste them already!

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12 Oysterculture January 9, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Love the look of these cupcakes, they look amazing and savory – I’d have to eat one in a hurry because with those feet, I’d be afraid they’d walk away.

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13 KennyT January 10, 2010 at 2:44 AM

These are very innovative cupcakes! I’ve never had savoury cupcakes before!

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14 Joanne January 10, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Honestly, I have lived in the northeast my whole life, and you never get used to the cold. Ever. I find myself asking that exact same question in December, so at least you can hold out longer than I can!

I love these muffins. They look so fluffy and delicious.

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15 Erica January 10, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Thank you everyone for the nice comments!

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16 Luigi January 10, 2010 at 9:22 AM

The cold is horrible, sadly though for us in the UK, summer isn’t much better or warmer. It is like living in an eternal autumn. Great post!

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17 Devon January 10, 2010 at 10:12 AM

It seems that people are either winter or summer types. I’m with you, give me an open window and a warm breeze everyday of the year. But you’re right, cute coats and tasty baked good are a good consolation prize.

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18 claudia January 10, 2010 at 12:36 PM

HOLA ERIKA … ESTOY TOTALMENTE DE ACUERDO CUANDO DICES QUE ODIAS EL INVIERNO… A MI ME PASA LO MISMO… QUISIERA PODER CERRAR LOS OJOS Y AL ABRIRLOS QUE FUERA YA PRIMAVERA … AL MENOS! COSA IMPOSIBLE..!!!! ENTONCES ME DIGO A MI MISMA SON SOLO TRES MESES….TRES MESES PASAN VOLANDO, LAS FIESTAS DE NAVIDAD, DE ANONIUEVO, EPIFANIA, E DIA DE SAN VALENTIN, Y … COMO SIEMPRE ESPERANDO EL PERIODO DE LAS REBAJAS… DONDE APROVECHAMOS PARA HACER LAS MEJORES EN LOS NEGOCIOS… EN FIN SE ACABAN LOS MESES DE FRIO Y LLEGAN LOS TAN ANHELADOS MESES DE PRIMAVERA AHHH.. LA SOLA IDEA ME SOLIEVA.. NO SE A TI PERO YO YA ME SIENTO MEJOR… BESOS Y ABRAZOS…

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19 Faith January 10, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Erica, these look perfect! Cheesy, moist, and flavorful…they’d be perfect to have with soup, which is what I’m making for dinner!

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20 monicajane January 10, 2010 at 7:24 PM

yum! I’m not disappointed… gonna make these for sure…though I have to experiment with other flour which is always tricky…

yum

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21 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 11, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Ha ha! I love New England! Lived there for 12 years and am moving back this spring FROM Florida! How funny is that! By the way it is freezing here – literally and has been for the past 2 weeks. We had to bring all our plants inside for fear they would freeze to death! However, those muffins look DELICIOUS!

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22 Karen January 12, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I’m with you! I lived in the desert for most of my life and for the last couple years have been in Montana. I *hate* the snow and last week the temp dropped to MINUS 33 degrees! I can’t wait for summer :) These muffins look really good… they’d be good with a hot bowl of soup!

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23 Divina January 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

This is very appetizing and very appealing.

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24 Erica January 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Thank you everyone ;-)

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25 Rosie March 2, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Hi Erica,

Thank you for so much for such an incredible recipe…I love it …
I live in Florida and even we have had a harsh (for us) winter. I did want to ask you, have you ever substituted the red pepper, my family does not like them.

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26 Erica March 2, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Rosie- You can omit the red pepper.

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27 mayra July 28, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Erica tu prima Claudia vive en Clermont, Fl? Pues pienso que es mi peluquera. Yo vivo en Clemront tambien. Encontre tu blog y estos loca con el. Las recetas estas de gritar!

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28 Erica July 28, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Mayra- No. She doesn’t!!!! Thank you for your comment.

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