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Jul 30, 2013

Ham and Cheese Rye Muffins

These Ham and Cheese Rye Muffins are a wonderful take on the ham and cheese on rye sandwich. They are also a great portable breakfast. 

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These ham and cheese rye muffins are made with whole rye flour, bread flour, as well as ham and Swiss cheese.

They also contain a bit of onion powder, which adds to the savory flavor. Add some grated Swiss cheese on top and you have the perfect quick and savory breakfast. Let's just say, these didn't last long when I took them to work.

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Forget what you think about the taste of rye. What most people think of as rye flavor is actually the flavor of the caraway seeds that are typically in store bought rye bread. In reality, the flavor of rye flour is very mild, and actually much milder than whole wheat.

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While I made these muffins with ham, they can also be made with cooked bacon for an extra rich treat. 

Do you like toasted, almost burnt cheese? These muffins are topped with some of the reserved Swiss cheese, which gets nice and melty burnt while baking. Seriously good.

Ham and Cheese Rye Muffins

Another thing about working with rye... you should not overwork the batter because it can get gummy if you are not careful. Mix the batter just until it comes together, and don't worry too much if there are bits of flour that have not been fully incorporated. Once the muffins start baking, rest assured, the bits of flour will disappear.

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These muffins are delicious served warm. Leftovers can be re-warmed for about 15 to 20 seconds in the microwave.

Yield: 12 Muffins

Ham and Cheese Rye Muffins


  • 7 1/2 ounces whole rye flour
  • 3⅛ ounces unbleached bread flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 ounces grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 ounces diced ham


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and spray a 12 cavity muffin tin with spray oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. Add all but ¼ Cup of the Swiss cheese and toss to coat the individual pieces of cheese.
  4. In another bowl, mix the egg, buttermilk, and the butter. Pour it into the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated.
  5. Add the ham and stir until evenly distributed.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop, portion the batter into the 12 cavities, and top each with some of the reserved cheese.
  7. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from the pan and cool on a rack…. or eat while still warm!

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking Cookbook.

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Would you like to comment?

  1. Karen, the idea of using rye flour is wonderful! Off to check the recipe

  2. These look so good, and what a cool challenge to be involved in!

    1. I'm really enjoying it Korena. I'm loving the idea of making traditional recipes with whole grains.

  3. Made these this morning! They are VERY good! Next time I'll have to use muffin papers though- I never seem to be able to do without them- they got a bit stuck.

    1. Glad you like them Shannon! I used Bak-Klene ZT that I get from Williams Sonoma, and it really helps with the sticking, especially with the cheese.


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