Playful puffins a.k.a. pepperoni pizza muffins

Discover why pizza muffins need to be in your life

Have you heard of the puffin? If not, then quickly click here. I think we can all agree that puffins are just incredibly cute and adorable little fellas. Besides being the name of a bird known for its colorful beak and its curious mind, it is now also the name for pizza muffins, a.k.a., ‘puffins’.

When you think about it, it totally makes sense. Pizza muffins are these cute little pizza balls and just like the cute little bird, it makes you happy just to know they exist. Therefore, I couldn’t let the opportunity to think up my own puffin recipe go to waste, simply so I could post a recipe with the word ‘puffins’ in the title. 

This recipe is essentially a salami/pepperoni pizza theme, although it uses these tasty little salami sticks, as I kinda like having a few chunky parts to chew on in the puffins. I love puffins, as they are perfect to have as a picnic or party snack, or as a hearty lunch to take to work with you. In addition, they are also a perfect family dinner that you can serve with a side of green salad.

Pizza muffins/puffins have slowly but steady become one of our go to treats to take with us on long family walks. It really feels like you got a muffin pizza with you.

Since all things pizza are generally always a very good idea, also check out my recipe for tortilla pizza rolls.

At a glance

  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation time: 10 min
  • Oven time: 15 min
  • Start to finish: 25 min

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 3.4 ounces (100 ml) olive oil
  • 2.7 ounces (80 ml) milk
  • 7 ounces (200 grams) of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1.5 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 4 ounces (110 grams) grated mozarella
  • 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of mini salamis
  • 7 ounces (200 grams) of cocktail tomatos
  • 2 ounces (55 grams) of black olives
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare pepperoni pizza muffins

Start preparing your pizza muffins by whisking the eggs, oil, milk and tomato paste in a bowl. Drizzle in the flour and baking powder and mix it well with the rest until smooth.

Then, cut the cocktail tomatoes into quarters and the salami and olives into slices. Whisk them into the puffin dough. 

Spray the muffin molds with baking spray or butter them. Fill them with the dough until 2/3 full. Bake the puffins in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit/180 degrees Celsius. If you use jumbo muffin molds, bake them for 20 minutes. 

P.S. Don’t be surprised: this is not one of those pizza muffin recipes that results in a rather thick pizza dough. It is actually quite airy and fluffy.