Me? Cooking two days in a row? Only in cyberspace can this happen!
Actually the wonderful school where our girls go had a visit a few days back from a team of five for accreditation review, and I volunteered to head up the breakfast and lunch meals. Not that food would figure into the final evaluation, I still thought we should serve up some awesome goodies, so I went to a source that all my bloggy buddies love: Pioneer Woman affectionately also know as PW or P-Dub.
I have a ton of frozen blueberries in the freezer, so I went with her recipe, The Awesome-est Blueberry Muffins, and they were a huge hit. And guess what? I used an ingredient in my cabinet that is always on hand, as it has been for my mom and my grandmothers: Clabber GIrl Baking Powder!
Here is how it goes together:
In a large bowl, sift together 3 C (minus 2 Tbls. flour), 1 tsp. baking soda,
2 tsp Clabber Girl baking powder and a heavy pinch of salt
and a dash of nutmeg.
SIFT! SIFT! SIFT!
Cook's note: I honestly do not like to use this sifter, but my good ol' strainer that I usually dump all my floury "stuff" into and work through with a spoon is sitting in the sink holding the thawing blueberries! DANG~! I need to get another one of those!
K! Now measure 1/2 C. veggie oil, add an egg and blend then ....
add to 1 C. sugar, 1 GENEROUS C. of plain yogurt (throw in extra if you want!), and
a cap-full of vanilla (now that is my kind of measurement!), and whisk together!
Now add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir to a count of ten.
Cook's note: PW must have some powerful strokes because I had to stir about 15-20 times and DON"T USE THE WHISK! I had clumps to dig out from the wires about halfway through when I realized my error!
Add 2 C. Fresh blueberries (save out about a 1/2 C. for topping) and stir 3 (or8) times.
Add batter to well-buttered muffin tins, sprinkle remaining blueberries on top and then sprinkle turbinado sugar on top.....HUH???? Oh! The recipe says I can use brown sugar if my IGA doesn't carry turbinado sugar???? Whew! What the heck is that anyway? I'll Google it later!
Bake for 20-25 minutes and allow to cool completely!
Did you notice in the first pictures my muffin tins have the paper cups in them? I opted to NOT use them because they don't fit my tins well and thus make gaps in my cupcakes or muffins! I put them in AFTER they were done so no one would get blueberry stain on their fingers!
They were yummy! I will let you click here to see the original recipe on Pioneer Woman's blog. There is a sauce that goes with it, but I chose to serve them as is. Mmmm Mmmm Good!
I'm bringing these to our Real Farmwives of America gathering next week!
Just to show I can have an original thought, I took the same recipe the next day, added cinnamon to the flour, and dried blueberries, craisins, and golden raisins to the mix. I would also tell you to add some more generous amounts of yogurt to moisten up the dried fruit! It was a nice switch, so this base recipe is a definite keeper around my house!
Have a great day out there, stay dry, and maybe wonder over to your kitchen for some baking therapy! It's pretty darned good with a little Clabber Girl and some blueberries!