Monday, October 11, 2010

Quick Blueberry Muffins

 Monday is here! The weekend is over and it went so well that you're looking forward to the next one. Good for you! I've been making blueberry muffins, especially for Michael--sometimes every weekend--for years now. Quinlyn likes them, but Michael LOVES them. For some reason that I can't remember, I haven't made any in a couple of months, but I made some Saturday. And I'm going to give you the King Arthur Flour Cookbook recipe that I use, so that you can stir them up today and enjoy them with tea or coffee. This recipe is called P. D. Q. Berry Muffins meaning "pretty darn quick."
Blueberry Muffins                                                                                                          
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Four
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups blueberries (frozen is fine)
1 cup sour cream, yogurt or milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 eggs

Blend together the dry ingredients as long and vigorously as you want.
Beat the liquid ingredients together: milk, butter, and eggs.
Add the blueberries to the dry flour mixture to coat them, which keeps them from sinking.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry.
Restrain yourself from overmixing! Blend the wet and dry ingredients for no more than
20 seconds. The secret to light and tender muffins is in this final blending.
Lumps are okay...resist the impulse to smooth them out.

Fill the cups of a lightly greased, 12-cup muffin tin two-thirds full. As soon as the muffins are in the oven, drop the temperature to 400 degrees F. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they're a lovely, golden brown. Putting your muffins in a 500 degree oven and lowering the temperature will create the peaks that make muffins so appealing.

I ate two muffins before taking them to Michael. They were good warm with coffee. So try them and see if you don't agree that muffins are a great way to start off your week. Don't you think of Monday as a new beginning? I know that Sunday is the first day of the week, but Monday is the first work day. Using Sunday to refresh and renew will give Monday a new outlook. Try it!  


Michael's 8th birthday, Oct. 30, 2009. He wanted blueberry muffins for his cake & he got them!

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