Pizza Muffins

Monday 29 June 2020

I think Pizza is one of my all time favourite food groups, so when I saw a recipe for Pizza Muffins on the Donna Hay site a while back I put it on my "to bake" list! They really appealed to me, however I did not want twelve muffins, so I have small batched it!

The muffin now makes only six delicious, flavour-filled, cheesy muffins.  I also adapted the recipe a tiny bit because  . . .  how could I not?  I just have to fiddle with things. I can't help myself.

I will put my hand up at the start and let you know, yes  . . .  I AM one of those miscreants that thinks ham and pineapple are good on pizza!  I do not apologise for that fact.  We are all different!

Her recipe had pineapple, ham and a bit of tomato paste in it, but that didn't shout pizza to me, so I added some Italian Garlic Seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese, along with the regular cheese. (Now we're talking!)

What is pizza without those two things???  You need some Italian herbs and some garlic on a pizza and Parmesan cheese . . .  it is like a Pizza's best friend!

I didn't get really high crowns like I usually do on my muffins.  The cheese on top probably hampered their growth. If you look at her recipe and photo, you will see that hers don't have high crowns either. In fact she baked hers in little paper loaf cases.

I did not bake mine in paper cases. I buttered my medium sized muffin tins really well instead. I have had too many things like pineapple and cheese stick to paper cases and I did not want that to happen.

It was a good call as they did not stick and I ended up with lovely crusty sides and bottoms, which contrasted well with those lovely light insides.

Adding the Italian Seasoning was another good call as I think they would have been rather bland without it. In fact if I make them again I will up it to 3/4 tsp rather than 1/2.

Make sure you cut your ham into a tiny dice. I did it 1/4-inch  which is very easily done. Just cut the ham into strips, stack them and then cut crosswise into the dice.

I think you could up the ante as well by adding a few other pizza ingredients, such as chopped olives or/and red onions, or peppers. You could use crumbled crisp bacon instead of ham if you wanted to.

Leave out the ham and pineapple and use chopped pepperoni and peppers! Onions . . .  peppers!

I think you could really make these over the top delicious by adding a few extras!

We enjoyed these warm with a nice salad for lunch! (Italian dressing of course.)  They would also go very well with soup!

Pizza Muffins (small batch)

Pizza Muffins (small batch)
Yield: 6 muffins
prep time: 9 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 39 M
These are light and delicious and filled with lovely flavours.  Ham, pineapple, plenty of cheese, some herbs and a bit of tomato. Scrumptious!  They make a lovely light lunch!


  • 225g self rising flour (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic Italian seasoning
  • 75g chopped ham (about 3 ounces)
  • 75g crushed pineapple, well drained (1/3 cup)
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 large free range egg
  • 125ml milk (1/2 cup)
  • 80ml vegetable oil (1/3 cup)
  • 90g coarsely grated strong cheddar cheese, divided (3/4 cup)
  • 1 TBS grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 6-cup nonstick muffin tin really well. Set aside.
  2. Stir the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning and 60g (1/2 cup) of the cheese ogether in a bowl.  Stir in the ham, mixing all together well.
  3. Whisk together the oil, tomato paste, egg, milk, and pineapple to combine.  Add all at once to the dry ingredients and mix together until just combined.  Divide between the six prepared muffin cups.
  4. Mix together the parmesan cheese and the remaining cheddar. Sprinkle over top of the batter in the tin.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of one comes out clean.


You can easily make your own self rising flour. For every cup of pain/allpurpose flour add 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt.
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What kind pizza toppings are your favourite?  I love pizza with everything on it  . . .  Italian sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions, pineapple, ham and plenty of cheese!



  1. How unusual ! I will give them a try ! :) x

  2. These sound like a must. What a clever idea - and I agree with you about the need for some Italian seasoning to add a bit of pizza flavour to the muffins. We can agree to disagree on the pineapple and ham combo, though - ha, ha.

    I used to always get onion, olives and tuna pizza back home. That or gorgonzola and mushroom.

    1. lol about the pineapple and ham combo Marie. Perhaps it is a regional thing? Gorgonzola and Mushroom sounds fantastic! xoxo

  3. Made these this morning, very easy to do. I used cooked, smoked chicken bits and sweetcorn, but not pineapple. I think pineapple probably keeps the dough moist, so I think I should have added a bit more milk or something as mine are a teensy bit dry. And more tomato paste, the tomato flavour is there, but could be stronger. As they’re for a bring and share, I may top them with a slice of cherry tomato. Nonetheless, they’re pretty tasty so definitely one to do again ! And really flavour combinations are endless😊

    1. Your muffins sound tasty Claire! Aren't you brave going to a bring and share! We're not quite up to socialising like that here yet! Happy you are enjoying these! xo


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