Posts tagged ‘baking’
How could I say no to “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” blueberries at the supermarket last week when I knew I had the perfect recipe for them? My mom has the most delicious blueberry muffin recipe, and after waiting a couple days for her to email me the recipe (my recipe binder is with my in-laws in Connecticut with the rest of the stuff we couldn’t fit in our cars!), my Man also understands why we needed to buy blueberries last week. Plus, it gave me the chance to use my new KitchenAid mixer!
Mom’s Blueberry Muffins
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup milk
2 cups blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar mixed with ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 375. Grease & flour 12 muffin cups and grease tops of the tins between the cups.(Or, do what I do: Use baking cups instead. It’s much, much easier)
- Mix together flour, powder, and salt.
- In a medium-sized bowl, beat butter a few minutes until fluffy. Beat in sugar until well blended. Beat in the eggs thoroughly; add the vanilla.
- Stir in the flour mixture about half at a time, alternating with milk, half at a time. Stir in 2 cups of blueberries.
- Spoon batter into prepared cups, filling them to the top. Sprinkle with the nutmeg sugar.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until golden. Let muffins cool about 30 minutes in pan before removing. (Or not…I’m pretty sure I didn’t…)
Despite last week’s baking near-miss, I gave it another shot this week. If my students will eat half-cooked brownies, there’s probably not much I can do wrong. Generally speaking, I don’t think baking is my thing; I’m not really into eating baked goods, so spending lots of time making them doesn’t make tons of sense to me. But I feel like its a skill I should hone and I suspect high schoolers aren’t too into vegetarian pasta dishes as an after school snack. I may as well practice on people who will enjoy whatever I create.
Once again, I got my weekly ego boost. I could really get used to this. I made really simple white cupcakes from my mother’s old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and it was really easy and went really well! I did “cheat” and use canned frosting, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. At least someone is raving about my food (I know high school boys eat anything…but they don’t always dish out compliments!)
In summary: I can bake after all–from scratch even! If I can do it, you can do it. And I’m making cookies for our next meeting.