Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Muffins for my Muffin

This past weekend was GB's birthday! Yay for GB getting old! 

One of the many nicknames I have given him is muffin. I surprised him with breakfast in bed and what is a better breakfast option for him than blueberry muffins? Muffins for my muffin.

In preparation, I googled "Muffin recipe" and chose the first recipe that appeared. This basic muffin recipe seemed easy enough. 

Ingredients:
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 4 oz of butter (or 1/2 stick)



The first step was to combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Of course, when I read this, I assumed it was all dry ingredients so I added the sugar as well. 



Next, beat the egg. Then, uh oh, add the sugar, vanilla, and milk. The sugar! I already added the sugar! When baking, I know how precise everything needs to be, and sometimes, the order of the added ingredients affects the outcome. I panicked. 



I slowly scooped out what sugar I could from the dry ingredients and added it to the egg. 



After I managed to recover from that emergency, I realized I didn't have whole milk, but skim milk. I had no choice but to use it. It was around this step I began seriously worrying about the outcome. 



Meanwhile, I melted the butter in the microwave, then allowed it to cool to room temperature. 


 I combined the wet and dry ingredients including the melted butter. The recipe stated the batter should be lumpy. This was a step I knew I couldn't screw up. 


I had some great fresh blueberries on hand, so I tossed them into the batter to add some extra flavor to the muffins. 



I was completely out of cupcake liners, so I grabbed what few silicone liners I had. The remaining cups were greased and floured. Clearly, I did not win the neat award for pouring batter. 


After baking for about 20 minutes, the house smelled awesome. I was so excited to taste my first homemade muffins. 




Lo and behold - these muffins tasted great! They were not overly sweet or overly dry. Just the perfect balance of sweetness and freshness made these cupcakes a keeper. This may become a weekend staple in our house! 

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