Showing posts with label blueberry muffins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blueberry muffins. Show all posts

Monday, October 21, 2013

Triple Booberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

I love flavoring muffins with jams and fruity yogurts because I almost always have both on hand.  This recipe is easily changed to suit whatever is in your cupboard or refrigerator, with or without the addition of extra fruit. 

A couple of weeks back, I made a normal blueberry muffin.  Some cinnamon, a beige batter, a dusting of powdered sugar – simple but lovely.  This week, with our ingredient of choice actually being blueberries, I knew I had to kick it up a notch or two.  Make it the blueberriest possible.  So, I stirred in some blueberry jam, blueberry yogurt and whole blueberries.  Which left me with a distinctly purple batter.  As I browsed through my embarrassingly large collection of paper muffin cups, the Halloween ones seemed like the perfect match.

It's a sickness, people! Send help!  (Or more muffin cups, as the spirit moves you.)

So then I had to change the name from Blueberriest Muffins to Triple Booberry Muffins.  Yeah, I know.  Corny.  But if you are looking for a relatively healthy addition to your Halloween party table, these babies are it!

For the muffin batter:
2 cups or 250g flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup or about 120g blueberry yogurt
1/2 cup or about 150g blueberry jam (Mine was “no sugar added” – if your jam is really sweet, you can adjust the amount of sugar or you may like a sweeter muffin – up to you)
1/3 cup or 80ml canola oil
1/2 cup or about 65g fresh or frozen blueberries

For the glaze: 1/4 cup or 75g blueberry jam (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 12-cup muffin tin by greasing it or lining it with muffin papers.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

In another smaller bowl, whisk together your eggs, blueberry yogurt, blueberry jam and oil.

Pour your wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until they are just combined.  There should be some dry flour still showing.

Check out that deep purple! 

Fold in the whole blueberries.

Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups.

Okay, so it's not a pretty color - but the taste! Blueberrilicious!

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.  It’s hard to see when a purplish blue muffin is golden so the toothpick test is best.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Remove the muffins from the pan and cool further on a wire rack.

If you want to glaze them, stir your extra jam around to loosen it a little bit and then brush it on your muffins while they are still slightly warm.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Quick Bread Breakfast Muffins #MuffinMonday

The easiest, most adaptable, recipe you'll ever need, these quick bread breakfast muffins are a great base for all of your favorite add-ins. Bake up a batch for your family today!

Food Lust People Love: Quick Bread Breakfast Muffins is great basic recipe that is easily adaptable to whatever additions you'd like to make.  Blueberries, raspberries, dried cranberries, chopped strawberries, grated apples, chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, cinnamon sugar, etc.  (Grated apples AND cinnamon sugar?  Divine.  Dried cranberries and white chocolate?  Ditto.)  As you can see, the potential is huge.

Confession time:  I am a muffin snob.  Have been since 2005 when I discovered this lovely recipe and cut it out of the Flavor section of the Houston Chronicle.  There is no reason whatsoever for a person to ever use a box muffin mix when they have this baby in their baking arsenal.  It is easy and quick (See the title? It does not lie.) and works as well with fruit and nuts as it does with cinnamon sugar or chocolate chips. 

The best part is that you can mix the wet ingredients together and put them in the refrigerator the night before you want to bake these.  And mix the dry ingredients together and leave them at the ready in a cling film covered bowl right there on the kitchen counter.   If you are feeling like an overachiever, you can even get the muffin tin buttered and ready.   When you get up in the morning, preheat your oven and mix your wet and dry, then add your fruit and you have muffin batter ready for the oven in next to no time.  This recipe is also very easily doubled for slumber party crowds for those of you who, like me, willingly accept groups of more than five or six guests and occasionally as many as 10 or 12.   

Sadly, my slumber party hosting days seem to be over so I am making these to take to my elderly father-in-law who hasn’t been well lately and, so, hasn’t been eating very much.  Nothing like fresh baked goods to entice a person to eat, I do believe.  We need to get some more meat on his bones!  I am hoping some of these will do the trick.

Quick Bread Breakfast Muffins

A great basic muffin recipe that is easily adaptable to whatever additions you'd like to make.  Blueberries, raspberries, dried cranberries, chopped strawberries, grated apples, chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, cinnamon sugar, etc.  (Grated apples AND cinnamon sugar?  Divine.  Dried cranberries and white chocolate?  Ditto.)  As you can see, the potential is huge.

2 cups or 250g all purpose flour
¾ cup or 150g sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup or 240ml milk
½ cup or 115g unsalted butter or ½ cup or 120ml canola oil
(I’ve made this many times and either butter or oil makes a delicious muffin.)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1 generous cup or about 175g fresh blueberries
Alternative additions in place of the blueberries: raspberries, dried cranberries, chopped strawberries, grated apples, chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, cinnamon sugar, etc.  

Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C.

Generously grease cups and top of 12-cup muffin tin.  Or use the Reynolds Foil Baking Cups, as I sometimes do.  The muffins they make aren’t as prettily shaped as the ones made in a hard muffin tin, but there is little clean up and that is worth more than the aesthetics of the perfect muffin to me.  (So you see, I am the most noble type of snob.  It’s what you are made of that matters to me.  Not how you look.  This also applies to people.)  I give the whole baking tray, including the baking cups, a light spray of Pam. 

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. 

First cup of flour.

The baking powder goes in. 

Then the salt.

It's sifting but that's hard to show in a photo. 

Second cup of flour and the sugar.

In another bowl, melt your butter slowly in the microwave.  Then whisk together milk, melted butter, vanilla and eggs. 

Almost forgot the vanilla!
Add all the milk mixture to flour mixture. 

Gently fold just until dry ingredients are moistened.   

Then fold in your blueberries or your alternate ingredients.

Divide your batter relatively evenly between the 12 muffin cups.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until muffins are golden.

Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes before removing muffins from tin.  (If you are using a conventional muffin tin.  The Reynolds foil thingies cool much more quickly.)

This recipe can also be baked as a coffee cake, if you don’t have a muffin tin.  Extend baking time by five to 10 minutes or, once again, until golden.  


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