Pepperoni Pizza Muffins - The Baking Explorer

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

I don’t know about you, but I always have food in my fridge that needs using and I always try and use it as I hate throwing it out. This week at work we had a bake sale for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the night before I was deciding what to bake. I had pepperoni and a red pepper in the fridge that needed using up so I thought a savoury bake would be a perfect way of using them and would go down really well in a bake sale, as they are usually sugar overloads (not that that’s a bad thing!)

I started by mixing 300g plain flour, 135g wholemeal flour, 1 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp dried mixed herbs and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl.

In a separate bowl I whisked together 215ml oil, 230ml milk and 4 eggs. (I then forgot to take a photo of it.) I added the wet ingredient to the dry ingredients and mixed in. I then added 1 diced red pepper, 75g pre-sliced pepperoni that I cut up and 100g grated extra mature cheddar and mixed until combined.

I put it into muffin cases in a baking tray, it filled 18 cases.

I pushed half a cherry tomato into the top of each one and sprinkled some grated cheese on top. I baked the muffins on 175C for 25 minutes until they were risen, golden and smelling good.

Not to toot my own horn too much, but damn these were tasty! And thankfully everyone else agreed. Even those who looked a little puzzled at the idea, soon changed their facial expressions to that of enlightment and joy when they took a bite. I even got a profession of love (not sure if it was towards me or the muffins…!) I’m pleased to say they all sold quickly at the bake sale. You can adapt them for a vegetarian diet by adding onion, sweetcorn or quorn instead of pepperoni.


I am entering this into Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary’s challenge – No Waste Food Challenge. As I made these with ingredients in my fridge that needed using. And Credit Crunch Munch, ran by Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food 4 All, this month hosted by Jo’s Kitchen for the same reason.



  • 300 g Plain flour
  • 135 g Wholemeal flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 215 ml Vegetable oil
  • 230 ml Milk
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Red pepper diced
  • 120 g Mature cheddar
  • 75 g Sliced pepperoni
  • 9 Cherry tomatoes


  1. Mix the plain flour, wholemeal flour, baking powder, mixed herbs and salt in a bowl

  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, milk and eggs
  3. Add the wet ingredient to the dry ingredients and mix in. Then add the red pepper, pepperoni and 100g of the mature cheddar and mixed until combined
  4. Put the batter into muffin cases in a baking tray
  5. Push half a cherry tomato into the top of each one and sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top. Bake the muffins on 175C for 25 minutes until they are risen and golden

Recipe slightly adapted from Canada Living.

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  1. I love making pizza muffins….. they are one of those very addictive discoveries which you can justify making on a regular basis because they are really quite healthy! I love the half tomato popped on before baking!

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