Whole Wheat Welsh Rarebit Muffins

These whole wheat Welsh Rarebit Muffins are addictively cheesy, and make the perfect savoury snack!

Whole Wheat Welsh Rarebit Muffins- Emma's Little Kitchen

Last week Kirk and I booked tickets to visit home in the Summer. I’m so excited!! We have decided to make this visit more of a holiday, so along with the rest of the clan (9 of us now!), we are renting a lush cottage in North Wales for a week. Somehow we are also cramming in London, Edinburgh, and my beloved Lancaster <3. Just 5 more months to wait, (and 5 months to prepare for that transatlantic flight with the babe!).

Whole Wheat Welsh Rarebit Muffins- Emma's Little Kitchen

In the meantime, I’m satisfying myself with a little baking. Welsh baking. Or rather Welsh-inspired baking.ย Welsh Rarebit obviously phenomenal in its pure, original form, but I couldn’t resist fiddling around with it. The result- these beautiful savoury muffins. I got the original idea from Nigella, and thenย bumped up the nutrition a little by making them whole wheat.

Whole Wheat Welsh Rarebit Muffins- Emma's Little Kitchen

Warning, these muffins are highly addictive! The buttery, salty flavour is so moreish that you may just eat the whole batch…

Whole Wheat Welsh Rarebit Muffins- Emma's Little Kitchen


Welsh Rarebit Muffins
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Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup grated mature cheddar (divided)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup melted butter, cooled
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce (I use a vegetarian brand, see below)
  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C, and line a muffin tray with cases
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and half a cup of cheddar, set aside
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and cooled butter until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until *just* combined (overmixing makes for tough muffins- no good!)
  4. Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cases, and top with the remaining cheese
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and golden, and the muffins are baked through. Remove from the oven, and when the muffins are still in the tray, poke a hole in each muffin with a fork. Drizzle each muffin with just a little worcestershire sauce, and then remove the muffins to cool on a wire rack


I use this brand of vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce

These muffins are also really good if you choose to omit the Worcestershire Sauce, and keep them as regular cheese muffins

Like all muffins, these are best when heated within 24 hours of baking. I usually freeze any that we will not eat immediately. They freeze really well!

Inspired by Nigella Lawson’s Welsh Rarebit Muffins in Nigella Bites.

Whole Wheat Welsh Rarebit Muffins


  1. chef mimi says:

    I’ve only been to Wales once – we stayed at a lovely old hotel in the Snodownia area, and enjoyed such lovely food. These muffins are adorable. Love Nigella!

  2. caileejoy says:

    OH my gosh!! These look amazing!! What a great recipe! Also, how amazing is that that you get to go to Wales!! I was looking into doing a semester in Cardiff Wales! Sadly it didn’t end up working out… but one day I’d love to go visit!! A little cottage sounds divine!
    xoxo Cailee!

    • Emma says:

      Thanks Cailee! I am from the UK so its just a visit home with a little vacation built in ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Charlotte Oates says:

    I love welsh rarebit and I love savoury muffins so these are my idea of the perfect snack ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing the vegetarian Worcestershire sauce – I had no idea you could get it, I’m not vegetarian so I’ve never really looked but I like to make recommendations on my recipes to cover as many different diets as possible so it’s great to know this exists.

    Good luck for your flight with the little one – I don’t envy you!

  4. ebeccia1 says:

    Oh my goodness these muffins look FAB! I don’t think I have ever had a cheesy muffin before! Your trip sounds perfect. I bet you will find plenty of recipe inspiration along your journey ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. demeter | beaming baker says:

    These muffins looks super yummy! I love that you found a vegetarian brand of worcestershire sauce too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says:

    OH wow!! I have never been to Wales and never had these muffins before. But they look awesome, Emma! Will try them soon!

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