Friday, April 25

Blueberry Burst Muffins

I'm back up in cloudy Leeds, stuck in the library and trying to get the mountains of  Easter work done.
I swear all universities should grant you a joint honours when you graduate,  "BA in.... (& a "Masters in Procrastination")'. As you can tell, work is going marvellously well.
Anyhow, before I drove back up north I whipped up a batch of my favourite muffins to nibble on along the motorway.

Blueberries are addictive, juicy, plump little balls of blue that seem to go amazingly well in anything and everything. (My Blueberry & Sour Cream Cake is another little gem that features these bright blue wonders!)

When I was at younger and still at school, I would regularly wake up at the crack of dawn to have the most delicious of smells wafting through from under my door.
My incredible mother was always up at an obscene time in the mornings and luckily for my brother and I, making muffins became a speciality of hers to coax us up and out of bed.
Here sprung my love and addiction to muffins.

The other brilliant thing about muffins (apart from their incredible fluffiness and taste), is that they are so... 'flexible'.
Racing out of the door in the morning and need to grab a filling breakfast in seconds?
Don't fret the muffins are there.
Feeling a little bit peckish at 4pm and need a pick me up?
Well it is all dandy because, who could have guessed, a tin of muffins is already there ready & waiting. 

To make your own Blueberry Burst Muffins, you will need:
- 315g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 125g softened butter
- 155g golden caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 240ml milk
- 150g blueberries (or try adding raspberries, apricots or maybe even fresh cherries)

Preheat your oven to 200C/180 fan and pop 12 muffin cases into a tin.

Weigh out the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and baking powder, tip into a large bowl and leave to one side until later on.

Beat together the butter and sugar on a high speed for a minute or two until thick and fluffy.

Pour in the vanilla extract, then beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides as you go.

Measure out the milk into a jug then pour in one third.

Stir in the milk gently, then add one third of the flour. Continue to add one third of the milk then the one third of flour until all of the ingredients have been used.

Tip in the plump blueberries and gently stir in with a spatula.

Use a ice cream scoop to add a thick dollop of batter into each muffin case before sprinkling their tops with a little Demerara sugar (this gives the perfect crunchy topping!)

Slide into the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into their tops.

So I'm going to be honest, I had three of these in the space of 6 hours. I was pretty pleased with this, I thought I would be on at least 6 in a day knowing my track record!

Fancy some fluffy, bright blue and juicy muffins this weekend? Give it a go. The simplest and scrummiest of baking that takes next to no time to whip up.
Go on, I dare you to eat more than my three!



    Blueberry muffins are hands down one of my favourite nibbles on the planet :) So now I love you even more for sharing one of your fail-safe recipes!
    I'm totally gonna make these next week as a healthy post gym treat - reckon they would work with soya milk?
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

  2. I want a blob of chocolate in the middle of mine please!

    These look so tasty and I couldn't agree more with them being so versatile! Gorgeous colours and I love the close up of the blueberries! Stunning.

    Katie <3

  3. Emily these look DELICIOUS! Blueberry muffins are my all time fave and these just look so incredibly good - fab pictures too!


  4. These muffins look so much better than coffee shop muffins :)

  5. Blueberry muffins are the best muffins ever!
    There is just something oh so special about those blue little berries in a muffin that just melts my heart! X

  6. Mmm those look super moist and full of blueberry goodness! Berry muffins are the best springtime treat!

    Smitten with Sunday

  7. They look so good, I could do with one now.



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