I’ve had this recipe for a long time. Baby Routh was a restaurant in Dallas while I was there in college. Baby Routh was the sister restaurant to Routh Street Cafe. Both were famous Dallas restaurants in the 1980s and early 1990s under the direction of renowned Texas Chef Stephan Pyles. Pyles was one of the first touted New Texas/Southwestern Chefs and was a huge-big-deal while I was in Dallas. I don’t think I ate at Baby Routh (I might have killed those college brain cells…), but his “New Texas Cuisine” cookbook (1993) was one of the first on my bookshelf after I started really being interested in food and “cuisine.”
Anyway, I finally made these muffins the other night, not knowing what to expect with the raisins, rosemary (from our garden no less!), and savory cheese. They were delicious! A little bit sweet, a little bit savory, but purely yummy. I even ran out of goat cheese and used feta for two of the muffins and they were great too – nice and tangy.
The recipe note says to serve these with wild game, lamb or pork. I could see these muffins as a nice, sweet foil. But, as I am not a meat eater, I had them with pasta and enjoyed them just fine! 🙂
Baby Routh’s Rosemary Muffins With Goat Cheese
Yield: 12 muffins
3/4 cup each: milk and golden raisins
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp,. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
8 Tbsp. goat cheese (see note)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small saucepan, simmer milk, raisins and rosemary over medium-low heat 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and stir until melted; let cool.
2. Mix dry ingredients and mix lightly, just until dry ingredients are moistened.
3. Spoon 1/3 of the batter into 12 greased muffin cups. Place 2 teaspoons goat cheese in center of batter in each cup. Cover cheese with remaining batter, divided among muffin cups.
4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until brown and springy in the centers.
5. Serve muffins hot or cool. Makes 12 muffins.
Note: If desired, a 3/4-inch cube cream cheese may be substituted in each muffin for goat cheese