If I have to choose between cooking and baking, I choose baking every time. I come from a long line of bakers and we have a handful of very delicious favorite family recipes. These blueberry muffins are one of them.
The recipe is from my aunt, who is known for her desserts and baked goods. The original recipe is called French Muffins and can be made without the blueberries. You can also skip the muffin liners and coat the muffins completely with cinnamon and sugar, which is a pleasant variation, but a bit messier. I love the blueberries for a varied texture and the muffin wrappers make washing the muffin tins one million times easier, so I tend to favor the easy way.
Earlier this week we watched our friends’ kids while they took off on a little getaway and I made these muffins for a quick breakfast. Because waking, clothing, feeding and getting nine kids off to school by 8:10? Um, let’s just say I wanted to be as prepared ahead of time as possible.
SIDENOTE: couples getaways are so good. We are now in the stage of parenting where I’m no longer constantly either nursing or pregnant and the kids are self-sufficient enough where we feel comfortable leaving them with family or friends. This was not always the case and while those earlier years of parenting were so, so sweet, it feels great to be able to take a break every once in a while and spend time away as a married couple.
Our friends have 5 kids and this is the first time they have been on a mini vacation with just the two of them since their honeymoon. Their cutie 7 year old daughter was missing her mom and dad as I was putting the kids to bed and I just kept reminding her that this is so good for her parents. Someday she’ll get it. And I love that they are setting the example to their kids that even though it is a whole lot of work figuring out who is going to watch their many children and it costs a bit to hop on an airplane and stay in a hotel, the benefits are completely worthwhile.
Anyway, back to the muffins. They are delicious. And they were a big hit with the kids.
They would make a lovely addition to your Easter brunch, perhaps? Or for a weekend treat. Or anytime, really, because they are easy to make and taste amazing.
Would you like the recipe?
3 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2/3 cup melted butter
1 cup milk
FOR THE TOPPING:
2 tbsp cinnamon
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350. Butter one 12-cup muffin tin and one 6-cup muffin tin (or use muffin liners).
In mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
In stand-up mixer, whisk eggs, melted butter and milk.
Gradually add dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
Fold in blueberries.
Transfer batter to buttered tins and bake for 18 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
While baking, combine cinnamon and sugar and have melted butter ready as soon as the muffins are baked. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Makes 18 muffins.
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ONE MORE SIDENOTE: I recorded my screen while creating this recipe card so I could show you what the process looks like. I use Adobe Illustrator and love creating these fun illustrations, and I wanted to show you how wonderfully simple it is to design using the program (just in case you’re still on the fence about joining the Simplified Graphic Design class!). So I recorded the process (which took me about an hour and a half) and was going to finish up editing and speeding up the video later that night.
WELL, we’ve had some weird weather around here and while I was off taking Audrey to ballet, there was wind and hail and lots of rain and our power went out. Which meant the computer shut off. And I never saved the video. BOOOOO. I have a support request in with the video people and hopefully they can help me retrieve the video. If so, I’ll do the edits and post it later this week. If not, well, that’s sad.
In the meantime, I do show how to create illustrations like this in the Simplified Graphic Design Class and I’d love for you to join me.