Friday, February 24, 2012

Blueberry Muffins

Last night we had Justin and Farrah and Jonathan and Denise over for dinner. I tend to stress out before hosting anything, even when it is only close friends who I know won't judge me if everything isn't perfect. To that end, I try to be over prepared so I don't have to worry on party day! I had most everything ready before I went to work Wednesday morning (despite the fact that I spent the majority of Tuesday night watching the rerun of the dog show, which I LOVE), and luckily the electrician called me and said he could come at 3:30, so I had an hour and a half more time to get ready than I thought I was going to have. Well, that ended up back firing on me because I had to find something to do to fill up all that time, right?? I was in the process of organizing recipes into my recipe binder when I came across the Awesome-est Blueberry Muffin recipe that I had chosen for cooking club this month, realizing that I had in fact NOT baked these muffins, the muffins which I chose! I had actually picked them because I wanted to bake them and take them with us to Mobile for breakfast, but when we decided to go on Saturday morning, the need for a scrumptious breakfast went out the window. I felt sort of bad that I had procrastinated on my OWN recipe selection this long and decided that since I had time, I was going to bake up a batch then and there, in my already clean kitchen. I even had to borrow an egg from Farrah, but I still was not swayed from my baking purpose. I think the only muffins I had ever made in the past were from a mix with the tiny little preserved blueberries built right in, so these were MUCH different!!


The Awesome-est Blueberry Muffins, from Pioneer Woman
3 cups minus 2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
Heavy pinch of salt
Dash of Nutmeg (I used cinnamon)
1 cup sugar (honestly, I thought it could have used more-maybe 1/2 cup more)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 generous cup plain, unflavored yogurt (throw in extra if you want)
2 cups fresh blueberries (I used frozen--so sue me)
Vanilla Extract
Softened Butter, for muffin tins
Turbinado sugar (optional) (I topped with oats for a healthy twist)
Preheat oven to 385 degrees.
In a large bowl sift flour, baking soda, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In another large bowl whisk together sugar, oil, cap-ful of vanilla, egg, and yogurt. Add the dry ingredients and stir to a count of 10.
Add blueberries, reserving 1/2 cup, to mixture and stir 3 times.
When I poured in the frozen blueberries, they were covered in blueberry juice, which turned the batter purple! This was A-OKAY by this purple lover!!

Add mixture to well-buttered muffin pans. Sprinkle remaining berries on top and press down lightly. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over top. (Brown sugar can be used instead.)
I wanted these to be really big muffins so I filled the cups up as much as I could and put as many blueberries in there as possible. Forrest has instilled in me the value of good "ratio" when it comes to eating!

Bake 20 to 25 minutes and allow to cool completely.
Hush my mouth!!! Don't they look delicious? Instead of topping them with sugar I used oats for a heart healthy addition.

Close up!! Is your mouth watering, because mine is!

I decided before I made the muffins that I would send them to the LeBlancs, since they are having family in town for Eloise's baptism! I did have a little left over batter so I made a few mini muffins for Forrest and I to enjoy. I didn't think they were sweet enough, but the mini muffins were made from the bottom of the bowl so I might not have gotten it mixed well, plus they didn't have many blueberries in them since they were so small, and the blueberries are really what gives these muffins their sweetness. I thought they were great, otherwise. The muffin itself was very tasty! I'm sure the "real" ones would be great with some coffee or tea in the mornings! Forrest and I have given up sweets for Lent (although we don't count muffins, well, we would count more "dessert-esque muffins) and these were a perfect treat and were more "breakfasty" than "desserty"!! I am probably going to make again soon since we gave them all away.
I didn't make the blueberry sauce since I was giving them away, but I just might next time!!

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