December 30, 2009

Homemade Blueberry Muffins: Yummm

While I've always felt pretty brave about soups and sauces -- also, big old hunks of meat -- baking provokes my anxiety. Baking involves actual chemistry, and once it's done you can't hide behind a last round of seasoning. If it sucks, you either choke it down or chuck it out, neither an appealing option.

I got brave when I was looking at a display of canned biscuits in the grocery store. I had to give myself a stern talking-to in order to work up the nerve, but I've learned how to make those, some cakes, and now...

My Recipe Box: To Die for Blueberry Muffins
The best part about these is the crumb topping. Crunchy, sweet, and all-around yummy.

  1. Any brilliant ideas for filling the muffin cups evenly? :)
  2. Also, I have no idea why tonight's pictures have this weird sepia thing going on. I took them with my Blackberry, which is convenient because I also use it to store recipes. I feel like it has to do with the "white balance" options. Anybody know what those do? I'm clueless...
  1. If you have problems with your blueberries sinking to the bottom, try this. Rinse them right before you start your prep, and leave them to drain in a colander. Then, just before the "fold in the blueberries" step, toss them in enough flour to give a good coating. This will thicken the batter a touch and keep them suspended.
  2. Let the muffins cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan, then run a knife around the edges to release them.
  3. That said, unless you're anti-waste or just a cheapskate like me, USE MUFFIN LINERS! Otherwise you may wind up with this:

Poor muffin, half of you got left behind in the pan. Then all of you got eaten.


  1. YUM! Good flour tip w/ the blueberries. I always use Crisco to grease my muffin pan (mmmmmm, lard), and I fill them with an ice cream scoop, an invaluable tip from Betty Crocker :)

  2. Looks sooo good. I am exactly the opposite... everything about cooking freaks me out but baking... I love! I think it's because I do really well with rules and guidelines but pinches here and there are scary!! :)

    I might have to try these!! YUM

  3. @Sarah: Ice cream scoop, that's brilliant!

    @Courtney: have we found the perfect metaphor for our complementary personalities? :)


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