Sunday, March 29, 2009

Blueberry Muffins

I know, I've been seriously neglecting my assignments. But as I mentioned, I'm planning a wedding over here, interwebs. What's that? Tina had to move with a baby strapped to her back? Well Tina's a million times more talented than I am, interwebs, so shush. Besides, how do you expect me to make Irish Soda bread and then eat the whole loaf in a couple of hours before it turns to stone? I need to fit into my wedding dress and that's not the best way to go about it.

This week's challenge is Blueberry muffins. I think I need to have a little chat with Tina & Misty about availability and seasons. You see my muffins only have 1/2 a pint of blueberries because I refuse to spend $20 on a full pint. That's what happens when they have to come all the way from Chile.... or when I decide to walk to Sobey's instead of drive to the Supercentre, because I likely could have gotten them for like $8 instead of $10.

Sadly I could pretty much only get eggs, milk and butter from Culinarium this time. I like the milk a lot. Something about getting milk in glass bottles seems so wholesome.

One thing I have improved on since our first assignment is my mise en place. I'm constantly putting things away and wiping up before my spills crust into glue, a definite improvment. I also managed to not coat my dog in flour or icing sugar. Also a step up.

I'm still making do with just my handheld mixer... I'm getting better at following the time tips, if Julia says light and fluffy should take 3 minutes, then I whip for 3 minutes damn it.
Also, I'm not ashamed to admit that, often times, at this butter and sugar step I'm tempted to stop and just eat the whole bowl:

Kristina messaged to see if I'd tasted my muffins yet. Apparently Andrew thought her muffins tasted like "eating a stick of butter wrapped in paper with blueberries". Which to me doesn't sound like a problem... but for the record, mine did not taste like that. My final outcome seems to look quite close to hers though, so I'm not sure what the difference was:

Also, considering that I only used half the amount of berries, they turned out pretty full of berries :)

I really like these and will probably make them again!


  1. Your muffins look delicious!

    And we also buy Harmony milk. I love the glass bottles. Now, if only they were left outside the door.

  2. I, too, am in love with the Harmony milk bottles. They have them at one of my fav Junction cafes (the Beet).
    I used frozen blueberries because I didn't want to spend $20 on fresh ones either!
    Looks good Kim!

  3. I don't know why I didn't think about buying frozen blueberries. I'm silly.

  4. Now Andrew has reinforcement that I am just a lousy baker. I think it is just that these are not typical muffins. Glad you like them too! I think they are so delicious. I know the book said they don't keep well, however I tried one a few days later toasted with some left over preserve from the X Cookies, and it was really yummy.

  5. They look fantastic! I guess they're just a distant memory now. I love your writing. You are too funny.