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These tasty muffins make a brilliant after school snack, or light lunchbox filler. The combination of fresh zucchini, sweet corn and salty cheddar works perfectly together to create these moreish treats.


  • 2 cup (300 g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild paprika
  • 1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 80 g margarine, melted
  • 2/3 cup (80 g) grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 small zucchini, grated coarsely
  • 125 g canned corn kernels, rinsed, drained
  • 1 green onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preheat the oven to 200 C (180 C fan-forced). Grease a 12-hole (1/2 cup-capacity) muffin pan; line holes with free-form baking paper cases.


In a medium bowl, sift flour and paprika; make a well in the centre. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, egg, margarine, cheese, zucchini, corn, onion and parsley. Add to flour mixture; stir gently with a large metal spoon,until just combined. Do not over-mix; the mixture should still be slightly lumpy.


Spoon mixture into pan holes. Bake about 20 minutes, or until lightly golden and cooked when tested with a skewer. Stand 5 minutes. Turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the free-form cases: cut 10cm squares from baking paper and press into each greased pan hole.

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