Blueberry Muffins

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blueberry muffin

I love baking muffins – they are just so satisfying. It is easy to whip up the batter, which incidentally will keep in a fridge happily for up to 2 weeks. I don’t have to worry about the muffins sinking in the middle, a fate that seems to regularly await my other cake-making efforts. They can be made sugar-free too so you can satisfy your craving for a treat and feel virtuous at the same time.  Or you can substitute the plain flour for wholewheat which I often do and even substitute the sunflower oil for orange juice. There are so many variations, but here is a simple recipe for the all-time classic and one of my favourites blueberry muffins, taken from a recipe by Vanessa Greenwood of Cooks Academy.

Ingredients (makes 12)

  • 220g plain flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 heaped tsp bread soda
  • 1 egg
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 200ml milk
  • Half tsp vanilla essence
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 125g blueberries

Method

  •  Pre-heat oven 180°C
  • Sieve together the flour, salt and bread soda into a mixing bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer (or electric whisk), beat together the egg, sugar, milk, vanilla essence and oil until smooth.
  • Using a spatula gradually fold the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing well (it will be quite wet and sloppy).
  • Fold in blueberries.
  • Grease a 12 cup muffin tray (or place paper muffin cases inside each hollow) and divide the mixture, only half filling each hollow as the muffins will rise.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until nicely risen and firm in the centre.
  • Transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool.

For more information on blueberries and how to choose, handle and store them see Tis the season…of blueberries

See also Growing Blueberries

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3 responses »

  1. Lovely blog – goodness, I admire your organsiational skills, your dedication and your time management to run 3 blogs (plus your writing skills ) – are you writing a book as well by any chance? Lovely recipe, will try it soon. Loved your post on blackberries too, hoping to go blackberry picking this week as sun is supposed to shine.
    Have a fab new recipe for brown bread and will be posting it on my blog once I remember to take a photo of baking it!

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