Risotto Pie

Nov 30, 2012 by

Today I’m sharing a recipe I tried out of curiosity. I love trying new recipes, and after looking through the ingredients, I knew I couldn’t go wrong. I did however add a few items to give some more flavour and of course, a pop of colour. I have made risotto a few times and most definitely enjoy everything about it. The texture, the possibilities, even the technique – I like it. I’ve made risotto the traditional way, by stirring consistently. I’ve also baked risotto, with excellent results. I’ve never made Risotto  Pie, though. Until now.

This recipe is adapted from a cookbook called “Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Free” – I want to make everything in this book. The recipes are so easy and delicious looking! I won’t necessarily prepare each recipe based on the exact ingredients (whether it be gluten-free, wheat free or dairy free) but it will be good for my readers to know that it can be adapted to suit your personal preferences and sensitivities. Those are the recipes I enjoy the most!


Risotto Pie


Risotto Pie

Recipe Type: Main, Lunch
Author: Lyn via cook book “Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Free”
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Serves: 6
A savory pie made from risotto, scallions, spinach, mushrooms and corn
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil + Cooking Spray
  • 1 Cup Arborio Risotto Rice
  • 2 Cups (Gluten Free) Low Sodium Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 4 Scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 Cup Sweet Corn
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Using a 9-inch spring form pan, line with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat olive oil.
  4. Add the rice and stir for about a minute. Gradually add about 1/4 cup of broth at a time, stirring often until the liquid is absorbed.
  5. When the rice is tender and all the broth has been used, stir in the coconut milk, scallions and mushrooms.
  6. Season well with salt and pepper.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Stir in eggs
  9. Add spinach, parsley and corn, stir to combine.
  10. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan
  11. Smooth the mixture into the pan, then bake for 30 minutes until golden brown
  12. Cut and serve when warm


I’m so glad I added the sweet corn and mushrooms. The corn adds a little sweetness to this savory dish. And the mushroom gives that added flavour and texture.


Risotto Pie, ready for the oven


This pie is quite delicate so care should be taken when transferring to a serving platter.


Risotto Pie, made with spinach, scallions, mushrooms, parsley and sweet corn


I garnished with some fresh spinach and a few carrot shavings.


Risotto Pie


This is Risotto after all. But I tried my best to resist adding cheese…for as long as I could.


Risotto Pie


My husband and I really enjoyed this Risotto Pie. It was different, it was interesting.  I enjoyed my serving with Parmesan cheese! I just couldn’t help myself.


Risotto Pie


I hope you enjoyed this recipe today!



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Madeleines with Zucchini and Gruyère Cheese

Nov 15, 2012 by

Today I’m doing a guest post for Renee at Magnolia Days. Renee is certainly one of the most helpful, knowledgeable and friendly food bloggers I’ve come across in my year of blogging. Renee was nice enough to guest post for me a few months ago while I was on vacation and now I’m honoured to do the same for her. One day, Renee and I will meet. And we’ll have a good old talk as good friends do. Most likely after we’ve cooked and baked up a storm.

I’ve always loved unusual, simple, tasty little treats. Madeleines certainly fit that description. These little cakes (they have also been called cookies) have French origins and are made with a special pan which can be purchased from specialty cooking stores, or online. I remember when I brought my Madeleine pan home. I was so excited because I had a new baking utensil to play with. I searched through my cookbooks and found a recipe that was so unusual for me, but had my favourite ingredients. I decided to give it a try and now I will share my very first Madeleines with you all. Remember to check out my guest post for the recipe, and be sure to say hello to Renee :-)


Zucchini & Gruyere Madeleines


Zucchini and cheese. Such a great pairing. I enjoyed these little darlings with some tea- any kind will do. I also added some cream cheese to each savoury bite. I think this is a great way to spend these chilly afternoons. There’s really no fuss in making Madeleines. The ingredients are simple and the recipe is quite versatile. The recipe used was slightly adapted from “Quick Cooking, 1,001 Recipes”.


Madeleines with Zucchini and Gruyère



I haven’t had my Madeleine pan for long, but without a doubt… I know I will get lots of use out of it.




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Parmesan Quinoa & Pine Nut Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Nov 12, 2012 by

Welcome to another edition of #MuffinMonday! Today we are sharing a cheesy savoury muffin to get your week started in the best way possible.  No cranberries and mixed fruit in my muffins just yet. Sit tight. :-)

I’m not sure how I let it happen, but Christmas seemed close but not that close. I mean Halloween was just here…and now stores are playing Christmas music. I guess retailers have to keep up. I don’t. By now, your mood should be changing as you get into the seasonal spirit of tinsel and ornaments. I dread putting up the tree just as how I dread taking it down. But I have kids and therefore it must be done. Kids really do make you become awesome parents.

My selection for today’s #MuffinMonday is Parmesan, Quinoa and Pine Nut Muffins. I added some Quinoa Flour in the batter to increase the nutritional value of my muffins. I loved the cheesy aroma from these muffins as they baked. I also loved the toasted pine nuts scattered over top of each muffin.


Parmesan Quinoa & Pine Nut Muffins



Parmesan Quinoa & Pine Nut Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Recipe Type: Muffin
Author: Lyn adapted from 100 Muffins from 1 Easy Recipe
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A savory, cheesy muffin for Monday mornings. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp Butter, softened
  • Topping: 4 Tsp grated parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup pine nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Line a muffin pan with 12 muffin liners
  3. For the topping, combine parmesan and pine nuts and set aside
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, quinoa flour, baking powder and salt with a whisk
  5. Stir in the parmesan and pine nuts
  6. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs and then beat in the buttermilk and oil
  7. In the large bowl with the flour, make a well in the centre and pour in the liquid mixture
  8. Stir gently until just combined. Be sure not to over mix
  9. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pan. Sprinkle topping over the batter
  10. Bake for about 20 minutes until well risen and golden brown
  11. Allow muffins to cool for about 5 minutes.

This recipe yields 12 muffins

The pine nuts were not very well behaved! They kept falling off as you took a bite, much to the annoyance of my hubby :-) He enjoyed these muffins but wished there was MORE CHEESE. That seems to the answer to everything these days. More cheese. Duly noted.


Parmesan Quinoa & Pine Nut Muffins


Quite a tasty muffin. I enjoyed them. But now I have to figure out how to make it even more cheesy.


Parmesan Quinoa & Pine Nut Muffins


Happy Monday!!!


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Roasted Garlic Muffins with Bacon

Jun 18, 2012 by

I can’t believe its Monday already! What a busy week! I was so consumed with various tasks/deadlines, I haven’t been able to post much but I am happy that I’m able to participate in another Muffin Monday! This weeks muffin selection is what my husband calls “a really good breakfast muffin”. I’ll be honest, savoury is not my thing. My sweet tooth simply won’t allow it. But one thing I’ve learned is – savoury just needs a little bacon to make it right. Is that the truth? Or is that the TRUTH?

I was very grateful for this recipe because for starters, I’ve never used cottage cheese before. Like ever. I’ve also never roasted a head of garlic before. Brilliant! It was fun to do and smelled great (if you like garlic). The original recipe called for Parmigiano-Reggiano but I couldn’t find one small enough so I chose Asiago, which also has a great texture and flavour. I used half cup instead of the suggested quarter cup that seemed like such a tiny portion. I went half and half with all-purpose flour and spelt flour. I really like using other flours aside from whole wheat.  And for this recipe, I’m happy with the result.


Roasted Garlic Muffins with Bacon



Roasted Garlic Muffins with Bacon
Author: Lyn, adapted from The Ultimate Muffin Book by Mark & Bruce
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • 1 medium garlic head
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil for the garlic
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 3/4 Cup small-curd cottage cheese, or cream-style cottage cheese (regular or low-fat, but not non-fat)
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Spelt flour
  • 1/2 Cup grated Asiago Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Strips crispy bacon, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut the top quarter off the garlic head so that the cloves are exposed. Discard the top quarter. Place the garlic on a small sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, then fold and seal the sides of the foil to create a pouch around the garlic. Place directly on the oven rack and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the garlic smells sweet and the cloves are soft. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes without unwrapping. Maintain the oven’s temperature.
  3. To prepare the muffin tins, spray the indentations and the rims around them with nonstick spray, or line the indentations with paper muffin cups. If using silicon muffin tins, spray as directed, then place the tins on a baking sheet.
  4. Squeeze the cooled pulp from the garlic cloves into a large bowl, discarding the papery husks. Mash the garlic with a fork, then whisk in the eggs, milk, cottage cheese, and remaining 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse the garlic flavor into the mixture.
  5. Whisk the all-purpose flour, spelt flour, Asiago, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl until combined. Stir this dry mixture into the garlic mixture until moistened.
  6. Add the bacon and fold until incorporated
  7. Fill the prepared tins three-quarters full. Use additional greased tins or small, oven-safe, greased ramekins for any leftover batter, or reserve the batter for a second baking. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins have lightly browned, rounded tops and a toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin comes clean
  8. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Gently rock each muffin back and forth to release and remove it from the tin. Cool the muffins for 5 minutes more on the rack before serving.

This recipe yields about 14 muffins

If storing or freezing them, cool them completely before sealing in an airtight container or in freezer-safe plastic bags. The muffins will stay fresh for up to 24 hours at room temperature or up to 1 month in the freezer.


I remember when I did not like garlic at all. Look at me now!! I was so happy to try it. Roasted garlic is a wonderful base for so many recipes.


Garlic with oil, ready to go into the oven


Straight out of the oven! This was quite hot even after 15 minutes so be careful.


Roasted garlic, aromatic and very moist


After all that mashing… I was left with no more than a few tablespoons of garlic mush.


Mashed roasted garlic


These muffins were lovely, especially served with bacon on the side! I haven’t had bacon in so long, I just had to alternate bites. Muffin, bacon. Muffin, bacon… I’m so naughty!


Roasted Garlic Muffin with Bacon AND Bacon on the side!


Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

I hope you enjoyed todays post! Have a marvellous and naughty week, friends!


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