Baking Escapade # 19 ~ Savoury Whole Wheat Mushroom, Spinach and Caramelised Onion Muffin Recipe


The Cheese and Tomato Layer Muffins were a smash hit…needless to say, we were panting for more……I saw another simple recipe for muffins that said caramelized onions with Spinach, I had a few button mushrooms which I thought would taste great in the muffin. This time, I altered the recipe to incorporate whole wheat flour and halved the amount of spinach to accommodate the mushrooms. I also mixed most of the cheese into the batter, reserving very little for the topping.


This batter is rather dry, it looks like it could do with some more liquid. I also imagined it would turn out hard and dry…..i was so pleasantly surprised. The muffin has a nice grain (sorry I don’t have a cross section of the muffin, cos it just didn’t make it past the few pictures I took for the blog….we had to beat each other off for the muffins!!). I think because I used whole wheat flour, the edges turned a lovely brown and were crisp but not hard. The insides were lovely….moist and grainy and the flavours of the onion, mushroom and spinach just shining through. Again I can’t really say how these will be when they’re cold, cos we had them when still warm ………..

Spinach and Caramelised Onion Muffins (Recipe from Muffin Bible) (


makes 6 muffins

(the changes i made are within brackets)

1 onion diced

1 t olive oil

1 bunch spinach, washed and chopped (about 1/2 c)

4-5 button mushrooms cleaned and quartered

1 1/4 c all purpose flour ( i used 1 c whole wheat atta and 1/4 c APF)

1 T sugar

1/2  t baking powder

1 t salt

1 egg

1/2  c milk

1/3 c oil

½ c grated parmesan cheese for the topping ( i used cheddar)

Cook the diced onions slowly over medium high heat in olive oil until they become richly caramelized. add the spinach and mushroom and cook a few minutes till the spinach wilts. set aside to cool.

Combine all the dry ingredients  in a bowl and mix. Add eggs, milk and oil to the dry ingredients along with the cooled onions, mushroom and spinach mix. Mix together until just combined. Scoop the batter into buttered muffin pans filling two thirds full. Sprinkle tops of the batter with cheese. Bake at 215 C for about 15 minutes.

remove from the oven. transfer to a wire rack. serve warm.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Surendra says:

    Most of the muffin recipes recommend 180C and bake for 20+ min, is there any advantage of baking at 215C for 15 min

    1. arundati says:

      i found the muffin baked at a lower temp to be very dense, hence increased the oven temp. this worked for me…for sweet muffins and other bakes i always use the recommended oven temperature

  2. Alka says:

    Mindblowing……i will prefer savory types anytime ….can’t really gulp down those sweet versions ..not with tea at least(i am those from kahri-tea combo types rather than cake-tea combos).So this is a refreshing change….thnks for sharing this wonderful recipe 🙂

  3. Cynthia says:

    A savoury muffin! How delightful!

    Happy Holidays to you and the family.

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  5. Anu Sriram says:

    Wow… what a great idea! Looks absolutely fantastic and delicious..

  6. Greenthumb says:

    Thanks Arundati for your nice comment on my blog. Yours is a lovely blog and I’ll return soon for more sumptuous recipes.
    Best Wishes

  7. vij says:

    Looks lovely n tempting. Mouthwatering pic!

  8. Raaga says:

    Can’t see the pics…but sounds lovely

  9. Sunshinemom says:

    Sounds great! As it is I am a die hard mushroom and spinach fan! Lovely muffins:)

  10. Srivalli says:

    Looks fantastic aru…

  11. Swapna says:

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…. I love this.. is this palak u used?

    yes sweety…that’s palak

  12. Arundathi says:

    fantastic – i LOVE savory muffins! 🙂

  13. This looks wonderful. I’ve just found out I’ve got a vegetarian coming to dinner on Sunday; this would be great to serve. I’d bet it would be great to serve at a cocktail party as an hors d’oeuvre.

  14. Happy Cook says:

    Wow this is beautiful and not to mention so really really nice way to serve this. Delicious and posh that is what i would say about this 🙂

  15. Sweatha says:

    Lvely &lovely.I was searching for savoury muffins.I have got spinach and cheese.These are perfect treats

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