Zucchini Muffins

June 08th, 2007  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Muffins and Cupcakes, Vegetarian

Zucchini Muffin

In an attempt to save the zucchinis from ruining at the back of my fridge, I resorted to this very unusual recipe.

If you are one of those people who like the combination of sweet and sour, then you might like this. I was looking through the Williams-Sonoma Muffins book and came across this one in the vegetable section. The list of ingredients included zucchinis, orange marmalade and cinnamon. Weird combination, I thought.. then tried it.. with what I had in the refrigerator. I substituted the orange marmalde with sour cherry jam and added cheese and took out cinnamon. I waited impatiently as to how they will turn out. It worked.

Eski Kaşar

I wanted some contrast with the bland and mushy taste of the zucchinis so I used a local cheese called Eski Kaşar – a pale yellow, sharp cheese made from sheep’s milk. It is aged in sacks for six months, after which it develops its taste. Substitute as you wish.


Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma Muffins.


  • 1+1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cherry jam
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 zucchini (4 oz)
  • 1 cup cheese, diced


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Fill a 12 muffin tray with muffin cups and set aside. In a bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a fork until all flour is absorbed.
  5. Spoon batter into each muffin cup, filling it no more than three-fourths full.
  6. Bake until golden, dry and springy to the touch, about 18-20 minutes. Serve warm.
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  1. 1 - Rosa on June 8th, 2007

    Those muffins look ever so wonderful! Very appetizing…

  2. 2 - Claudia on June 8th, 2007

    Nice! Would probably also be good with cherry jam, blue cheese and walnuts.

  3. 3 - Özge on June 9th, 2007

    Hello Cenk,

    Although your muffins look delish, I wanna ask you about the designer of your banner, I’m really in love with it! So can you tell me a bit about it? Thanks 🙂

  4. 4 - Cenk on June 9th, 2007

    Thank you Ozge. Actually he is not a designer, but a world-renowned Turkish painter: Mustafa Pilevneli. It is one his paintings, morphed into a banner by me (with his permission of course). You can visit his website to view his portfolio. The original painting is located here.

  5. 5 - Anne-Laure on June 15th, 2007

    Those muffins look so great, I immediately started to make them real…
    but I’m a little unsure of the amount of cheese I should put in: how much did you use?

  6. 6 - Cenk on June 15th, 2007

    Hi Anne-Laure! Unbelievable! I forgot to include the cheese in the ingredients list. Sorry 🙂 I used a cup of diced cheese.

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