Slow-roasted piri piri spiced tomatoes with spinach in savoury muffins

20 Jun

Slow-roasted piri piri spiced tomatoes with spinach in savoury muffins

I wonder if you share my terrible habit and guilty pleasure. It is so irresistibly wrong yet so right that I convince myself that it is worth it, between remorseful moments.

Slow-roasted piri piri spiced tomatoes with spinach in savoury muffins


My justification? Well it starts a little something like this. This is of course not an excuse. I’m busy, so busy that it is hard to think sometimes and thinking is important, isn’t it? I need a quick fix, especially when I am out and can’t stop, after all, what would happen if I totally ran out of steam? That would be dangerous, wouldn’t it? Sometimes I feel sore inside and I need a pick-me-up…I think about it a lot. In the bath, on the train and even in the park with squealing children around…well, with all that commotion, I deserve it don’t I.  And then at the end of the day, when I slump into my spot on the sofa, my body throbs with fatigue, I need it. I need a treat, I deserve one don’t I?  And it is summer! We are making memories at the zoo, picnics in the park, lounging in the garden with friends or by frolicking by the sea and what happens.

Yes, out comes the sugar and we don’t even notice it. I think it’s addictive and in this season of parties and picnics I find it harder to say no…well, everyone is doing it aren’t they?

I come from a family of diabetics and I really should know better. My body needed less sugar when I had my boy and it showed, very much. So I really should know better.

Slow-roasted piri piri spiced tomatoes with spinach in savoury muffins


And here is what I am taking to the next picnic in the sun that we are currently enjoying. Slow-roasted piri piri spiced tomatoes with spinach in savoury muffins. I adore slow roasted cherry tomatoes, the flavour is tongue tingling, sensationally rousing. I am hooked on that feeling of popping something into my mouth and having an intense flavour burst that revives me. Often I think of sugar for that instant hit, but it really doesn’t have to be that one. These tomatoes with their sweet zing and spicy kick really do hit the spot.

Now for the green stuff; mellow spinach adds texture to these muffins whilst the salad fennel adds peppery notes and there is a bit of cheese going in there too, it releases a really alluring aroma as the cheese bakes. ‘ahhh’ factor right here.


300g self-raising flour

2 eggs

2 tsp. piri piri spices


A couple of glugs of olive oil for roasting the tomatoes

2 handfuls of red Leicester cheese

A handful of pine nuts

200g spinach, finely chopped

300ml milk

90g melted butter

30g salad fennel

225g good quality cherry tomatoes


  1. You will need to pre-prepare the tomatoes. Do this by slicing them in half and placing them cut sized up on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil and the piri piri spice mix. Roast them in the oven at 140degrees for about an hour. Allow them to cool.
  2. To make the muffins combine the flour, salt (I used about 1 tsp.) and the cheese, salad fennel and spinach and mix thoroughly before adding the tomatoes and mix again.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees and grease the muffin trays.
  4. In a measuring jug combine the milk, butter and eggs and whisk it all until it is smooth.
  5. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix it all to a batter.
  6. Evenly distribute the batter and then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Slow-roasted piri piri spiced tomatoes with spinach in savoury muffins

18 Responses to “Slow-roasted piri piri spiced tomatoes with spinach in savoury muffins”

  1. Katie @ Whole Nourishment June 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    It sounds like your energy is well spent but all spent by the end of the day. Smart to find a way to make tomatoes work for a sugar replacement. These muffins look like the perfect summer picnic food! Have you tried adding more sweet root vegetables into your meals, like sweet potatoes, parsnips, or carrots? Sometimes that helps curb the sweet cravings. 😉

  2. apsara June 21, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    Beautiful savoury muffins! Do you think these could be made eggless, maybe with yogurt?

    • Deena Kakaya June 21, 2014 at 7:15 am #

      Hi Apsara, I’m sure you could use an egg replacer xx

  3. Elaine @ foodbod June 21, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    They look good, that’s my kind of muffin!!

    • Deena Kakaya June 21, 2014 at 7:15 am #

      Thank you lovely Elaine x

      • Elaine @ foodbod June 21, 2014 at 7:36 am #

        They look a bit like my breakfast today 🙂 have a look on my foodbod FB page x

  4. Kate @ Veggie Desserts June 21, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    These sound amazing! Great idea to use spicy tomatoes instead of a sugar hit.

    • Deena Kakaya June 21, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      Thanks Kate! I’m going to have to think up more ways to satisfy those cravings x

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy June 21, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    These look delicious! So full of colour. Great way to sneak some veggies in too.

  6. Anita Menon June 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Sounds perfect. Sometimes when I really crave something sweet, I eat a handful of raisins and most of the times, having a glass of water helps.

    I just enjoyed a fantastic cheat meal of shrikhand and gujarati thali today. I shouldn’t be writing anything about avoiding sugar today at the risk of sounding like a hypocrite.

    But I wouldn’t be lying when i say those muffins look so so appetizing. Yum

  7. mjskit June 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    WOW! These muffins look awesome! For me, the addition of the pine nuts make them extra special. Fabulous recipe!

  8. matchamochimoo June 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    I think I haven’t make the savoury muffins before, will do later.;

    • Deena Kakaya June 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

      I thought I couldn’t kerb my sweet cravings for picnic time…but I was wrong 😉

  9. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche June 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Yummm, love savoury muffins and those slow-roasted tomatoes sound incredible!

    • Deena Kakaya June 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

      Thanks Becca, have to admit to only being a savoury muffin embracer just recently but those tomatoes encouraged me to try x

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