Best Homemade Cheese Bacon Muffins

Looking for the best homemade Cheese Bacon Muffins recipe?

You can prepare our easy Cheese Bacon Muffins at home in less than one hour.

Cheese Bacon Muffins are a perfect breakfast or on the go snack. We like to enjoy hot muffins right out of the oven, smeared with ricotta, cream cheese, fermented honey or butter.

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Muffin History

A muffin is an individual-sized, baked product most commonly associated with morning mealtime. It’s one of the most popular on-the-go breakfasts that can easily be made ahead and stored in the freezer to enjoy later.

Muffins can refer to two distinct baked goods, a part-raised unsweetened flatbread that is baked and then cooked on a griddle, and a cupcake-like sweet or savoury quickbread that is leavened with baking powder and baked in a mold.

While the most common quickbread muffins are sweetened (such as lemon blueberry muffinsmincemeat muffins and morning glory muffins), there are also savoury varieties such as jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins and cheddar apple muffins.

The flatbread “English Muffin” variety is of British origin, and dates from at least the early 18th century, while the quickbread originated in Canada and America during the 19th century.

One 19th century source suggests that muffins may be related to the Greek bread maphula, a cake baked on a hearth or griddle. Culinary historians also look to the Old French mou-pain, meaning soft bread, which may have been corrupted into “mouffin.”

The word is first found in print in 1703, spelled moofin; it is of uncertain origin but possibly derived from the Low German Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake. The expression muffin-man, meaning a street seller of muffins, is attested in a 1754 poem, which includes the line: “Hark! the shrill Muffin-Man his Carol plies…”

One of Canada’s top selling cookbooks of the 1980s was Muffin Mania, which helped popularize muffin making from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Homemade muffins were originally prepared as a healthy breakfast option, high-fibre mid-afternoon snack or low calorie dessert.

In 1997, muffins were popularized once again in Seinfeld’s now famous “The Muffin Tops,” episode. Like many muffin lovers, Elaine shared her love for only eating muffin tops. She hilariously talks about the fact that muffin stumps are not worthy of consumption as they don’t have the desirable crunchy texture. She shares the idea of opening a store that sells just muffin tops with her ex-boss and is outraged when he steals her idea.

When he offers her 30% of the profits to help his struggling business, they initially give the unused stumps to a homeless shelter. But after they get complaints about the missing muffin tops by a charity worker, they have to get rid of them elsewhere. Newman eventually takes the muffin stumps off their hands, smiling with glee!

Ingredients you’ll need for our Cheese Bacon Muffins.
Ingredients you’ll need for our Cheese Bacon Muffins.

My Family Loves Cheese Bacon Muffins

One of my fondest memories growing up as a kid was waking up in the morning at our family cottage in Muskoka and smelling freshly baked muffins.

My family’s two favourite recipes were Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Lemon Blueberry Muffins. In the summer we’d forage for wild blueberries and incorporate them into out favourite baked goods. My sister was the family blueberry fan while I was mostly obsessed with the marriage of banana and chocolate.

These Cheese Bacon Muffins tend to pop out of the oven when we’re looking for a side dish to compliment Southern Cooking staples such as barbecue ribs, fried chicken or jambalaya. The traditional cornbread muffin is given a makeover with the addition of chives, smokey bacon and cheddar cheese.

Prepare Cheese Bacon Muffins by mixing the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls.
Prepare Cheese Bacon Muffins by mixing the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls.

Buying VS Making Homemade Muffins

Today, muffins are often sold at grocery stores, McDonald’s cafes and coffee shops like Starbucks and Tim Horton’s. Unfortunately most commercially prepared muffins are simply cupcakes without the icing.

Read the ingredients list and you’ll find store bought muffins are full of sugar, fat and “flavourings” rather than real fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. The excessive sugar, salt, fat and additives in commercial muffin recipes allow the grocery stores and coffee shops to extend the shelf life so they don’t go stale as quickly as a homemade muffin would.

The best way to enjoy healthy muffins is by preparing them at home, allowing you to control the proportion of ingredients. We suggest eating muffins fresh the day they are prepared. If you have any leftovers muffins pack 3-4 in a ziplock bag in your fridge and simply warm them up the next day in the oven. You can use a microwave to reheat muffins but they won’t produce the desired crunchy texture.

Any remaining Cheese Bacon Muffins should be stored in the freezer and can keep for 2-3 months. We like to double our muffin recipes when we prepare them so we have a storage of yummy muffins in the freezer that we can easily enjoy several weeks later.

Cheese Bacon Muffins ready to bake in the oven.
Cheese Bacon Muffins ready to bake in the oven.

Best Cheese Bacon Muffins Recipe

There’s no better comfort food than a steaming, moist Cheese Bacon Loaf hot out of the oven.

We prefer to prepare Cheese Bacon Muffins as they are small individual portions and don’t require slicing. Homemade muffins can be easily stored in the freezer to extend their shelf life and are a great on-the-go breakfast snack.

So what qualities make the best Cheese Bacon Muffins? The perfect muffin must be crunchy on the outside, well leavened so the muffin cap holds its shape and doesn’t shrink when cooled and feature a moist and light interior.

Looking to prepare easy homemade Cheese Bacon Muffins? Baking is a science so you can’t just lower a muffin recipe’s fat and sugar content or you will bite into a chewy, hard and unappetizing product.

Perfectly browned muffins out of the oven feature sliced chives on top.
Perfectly browned muffins out of the oven feature sliced chives on top.

Cheese Bacon Muffins Tips

If you’re looking to prepare Cheese Bacon Muffins on a whim and are missing a few ingredients at home don’t worry!

You can easily substitute whole wheat flour if you don’t have All Purpose. Or use regular milk if you don’t have buttermilk in the fridge. If you don’t have cheddar, feel free to substitute with another hard cheese variety such as Parmigiano ReggianoGruyere or Manchego. You can use fresh corn, canned corn or frozen corn. If you don’t have chives on hand, scallions or caramelized onions would work nicely. If you’re in a real pinch, substitute with onion powder.

The one tip I give all muffin making beginners is to avoid over-mixing the batter. Light and fluffy muffins are made by reducing the amount of gluten in the batter. If you whip muffin batter with a beater the final product will be as hard as a hockey puck.

For best results, form a well in the dry ingredients and pour your wet ingredients inside. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The finished batter should be fully incorporated, so be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl so you don’t find unmixed flour. The most important rule to muffin making: when mixing, less is more!

Let your Cheese Bacon Muffins rest on a cooling rack before serving.
Let your Cheese Bacon Muffins rest on a cooling rack before serving.

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Serve your muffins with ricotta, butter or honey.
Serve your muffins with ricotta, butter or honey.

Cheese Bacon Muffins Recipe

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5 from 3 votes

Cheese Bacon Muffins

Looking for the best homemade Cheese Bacon Muffins? Our quick and easy recipe features buttermilk, corn, cheddar cheese and chives.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Muffins, Cheese Bacon Muffins, Savoury Muffins, Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 129kcal

Equipment

  • oven
  • muffin tin
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • spatula

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup chives finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Cook bacon until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towel and crumble. Set aside. Reserve 1/4 cup bacon drippings.
  • Mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In small bowl, beat corn, buttermilk, egg, chives, cheddar cheese and bacon drippings.
  • Stir into flour mixture and fold in bacon pieces.
  • Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.7g | Protein: 4.8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 3.3g | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg

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