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I have been creating since I was a little girl. I am happy to say that having my own website has opened up a whole new world for me. Trying new mediums is a joy and sometimes a real eye opener. I sell what I create on etsy and my website, someplaceinthyme. If you have questions,please email me at cpeterson72@q.com. I welcome new blog friends and am honored if you find my little piece of heaven interesting enough to follow.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

THE BEST BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

After much thought, I have to confess that I don't know of anyone that doesn't like blueberries. They can be fresh, dried, frozen or whatever, but they are good, that I know for sure.....AND, they are good for you too.
One of my passions is collecting cookbooks. I discovered William Sonoma Cookbooks years ago and have to say that I have never tried anything from their books that wasn't fantastic. The following Blueberry Muffin recipe is from their Muffin cookbook. Please try it, you won't be disapointed.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease 12 standard muffin cups with butter or butter flavored nonstick cooking spray. You can also use muffin papers.

TOPPING:
stir together....1/4 cup all purpose flour, 2 T granulated sugar and firmly packed brown sugar. 1/4 t ground cinnamon all in a small bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut or rub 2 T cold butter (cut into small pieces) into the dry ingredients just until coarse crumbs form. This can also be done in a mini processor.

MUFFINS:
In a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together 7 T unsalted butter, at room temperature and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until light and fulffy. Add 2 large eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until blended into the butter mixture.

In another bowl, stir together 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 4 t baking powder, and 1/2 t salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in 2 increments, alternating with 1 cup of milk, and 1 1/2 t vanilla extract. Stir just until evenly moistened. The batter will be slightly lumpy. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold in 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries or frozen unsweetened blueberries, unthawed, just until evenly distributed, no more than a few strokes. Take care not to break up the fruit and do not overmix.

Spoon batter into each muffin cup, filling it level with the rim of the cup. Sprinkly each muffin with some topping.
Bake until golden, dry, and springy to the touch, about 20-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Unmold the muffins. Serve warm or at room temperature with maple butter.

MAPLE BUTTER:

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature, 3 T maple syrup
cream together the butter and maple syrup in a small bowl until well combined. Store covered in the refrigerator before serving. Makes about 1/2 cup. Enjoy

6 comments:

Elyse said...

i loooooove blueberries and i looooove muffins. i just tried a new recipe the other day and it was just eh. i will be sure to give yours a try! thanks for sharing.

xo

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Char, My mother and I collect cookbooks too. We just found some fabulous ones at the Goodwill store this past week! I will definately have to try this blueberry muffin recipe! Thank you for sharing! hugs, ellen

Marilyn said...

I Love blueberries too!! But on cereal?? Not so much!! Blueberry muffins are to-die-for!!
Thanks for the recipe!!
Hugs,
Marilyn
xxoo

maidenshade said...

Oh please send me some. YUM.

It's been challenging this last little while for me. Because of that, my focus has wavered, but my heart is good in spite of blue-screened Fatal Errors, crashes, 'puter woes. I've had dr. appts AND our air went out (I'm in south Florida... 95 yesterday) so I've not been on my blog nor have I come 'round to visit. Interesting week; )

Great list today on MaidenShade Matters, "How Long Can I Keep It? Shelf Lives for Common Foods".

xJ
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xinex said...

I love blueberry muffins and blueberries are supposed to be healthy....Christine

caren@kdottiedesigns.com said...

Yum! I will have to try this recipe. I love blueberries!
Thanks for sharing.