Sunday, April 26, 2009

My Morning Muffins

Merry Blueberries Lil Miss Bubbly with her harvest of the berries had announced at the blueberry farm - 'tomorrow, we are going to have blueberry muffins for breakfast!' Mr Ken goes - 'Awesome! You should have your mom make blueberry cobbler too!' Mommy thinks hmm, I wonder if I have a muffin recipe saved.

Come muffin morning, confident with her always successful banana bread, mommy decides to give it a shot. Armed with her whip in one hand and the antique looking sheet of banana bread recipe in the other, it was recipe tweaking on the fly. Miss Bubbly helped by looking everywhere to find the missing 1/4 cup measuring spoon. Finally mommy found it in the bag of flax meal, sitting snug inside the freezer. 'At least it is not a cookbook this time', dad teases.

Yes, Mommy has saved a cookbook in the freezer. She then searched for it everywhere for the next 6 months. A long time ago.

Wheat bran.. flax meal.. what else? Measure, mix, fold, bake.
After about an hour, it was tasting time!!

Mommy by now had scribbled down everything that went in.
The milk was an almost last minute addition - otherwise it would have turned out to be a cookie!

Ingredients -
All purpose flour - 3/4 cup
Blueberries - 3/4 cup
Raw unrefined sugar - 1/2 cup
Butter - 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons)
Milk - 1/2 cup
Egg - 1
Wheat bran - 1/4 cup
Flax meal - 1 tbsp
Aluminum free baking soda - 1/4 teaspoon
Baking powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - 1/4 teaspoon

Method -
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Powder the wheat bran and the flax meal in a spice grinder as fine as possible.
In a mixing bowl, add the flour, the powdered mixture, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix really well with a whisk to combine.
In another bowl, beat the butter. Add the sugar and beat until well creamed. Add the egg and beat well. Add the mixed flour. Add the milk and mix without any lumps. Fold in the blueberries.
Line a muffin pan with paper muffin liners. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups until they are about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. In mommy's mini muffin pan, it took 26 minutes to be precise.

Feed your hungry family.
Muffins n milk? Muffins n orange juice ?
Muffins n cheese-omlette and milk?
That did it for Miss Bubbly this morning.
Muffins n onion-green-pepper-cheese-omlette and coffee for mom and dad.

Yield - 16 mini muffins.
12 for breakfast, 3 for an afternoon snack, 1 for a pre dinner snack for Miss Bubbly.

Oh the verdict. As a tweaked-on-the-fly muffin, this turned out to be reallly good. Not to mention the flax and bran that mommy sneaked in! Priceless.

However, some of the berries that went in the muffin were sour!
Very amateur berry pickers we turned out to be. When you eat them as is out of the bag, (or straight from the bush following Mr Ken's advice) you mostly remember the sweet ones that you don't pay attention to the sour ones that you happen to stumble upon.

We should have paid attention to Mr Ken when he said, 'start from the eighth row, y'all. I have a flag right there on the post so you don't miss it'. Mommy and daddy just followed their very own berry picking leader who ran to the other side of the farm. No wonder there weren't any u-pick customers there!

LOL. We'll be back in a few weeks Mr Ken! This time we'll pay close attention.

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