Golden Treasure Muffins Weaning Recipe
Finger food

little explorers love to discover new treasure!

inside these muffins they’ll find squishy golden nuggets of butternut squash. A sprinkling of thyme gives a tasty, herby twist.

Recipe from our The Big Baking Book

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  • Soya free
  • Nut free


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  • 400 g/14 oz butternut squash, peeled, deseeded + cut into small chunks
  • 4 unsmoked streaky bacon rashers, finely chopped
  • 125 g/4½ oz self-raising white flour
  • 50 g/1¾ oz polenta
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
  • 1 egg
  • 75 ml/3 fl oz buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons mild olive oil or sunflower oil


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  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7. Line a mini muffin tin with 12 mini muffin cases
  2. Cook the squash in a saucepan of boiling water for about 10 minutes until softened but not mushy. Drain well + return to the pan. Crush the squash until broken up but not puréed. Leave to cool.
  3. Heat a dry frying pan + fry the bacon for about 5 minutes until crispy. Transfer to a large bowl + add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder + thyme.
  4. Beat together the egg, buttermilk + oil in a separate small bowl. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients with the squash +mix together until only just combined.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly among the cake cases + bake in the oven for 15 minutes until slightly risen + pale golden. Transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool + serve warm or cold.
Fun for little ones

Fun for little ones

Squish Squash! Ask your little helper to squish the cooked butternut squash. If you let it cool down first, they can use their hands for messy foody fun!

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Go veggie! If you prefer not to use bacon, substitute 50 g/2 oz of grated Cheddar cheese instead.

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