Sunday 3 February 2013

Blueberry Muffins Lunchbox Filler

We went blueberry picking today. Such a great thing to do on a lovely hot fine day. I'm always unwilling to pay $4 for 125g of blueberries in the supermarket, so $13 a kg 'pick your own' sounded marvellous. Turns out I now know why they are so expensive to buy - it takes a long time to pick a kg of those little purple beauties. However, with the weekend drawing to a close, time was not pressing this afternoon and we happily passing our time amongst the many rows at Blueberry Bliss on Robinson's Road in Broadfields. Little Miss 3 was overjoyed to be surrounded by all these blueberries.
With school now well underway, the need for Sunday night lunchbox baking has again arisen. With so many blueberries in the fridge, its seemed a shame to not try something Blueberry themed. I adapted this from an Apple Muffin recipe of Edna Low's. Her recipes are always reliable when you need a sure thing to start off the working week.

Blueberry Muffins

1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
100g butter - melted
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 200deg. C.
Sift the flour, baking powder, spices and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and fresh blueberries.

You can use frozen straight from the freezer, but don't add them until the batter is mixed or they will turn the muffin blue.

Mix and egg and milk using a whisk.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg and milk mix followed by the melted butter. Gently fold the mixture together. Don't over mix or the muffins will be tough.

Spoon the mixture into greased muffin tins.

I sprinkled some extra caster sugar over the muffin before it was baked.

The recipe makes 12 medium sized muffins.
Bake for 15 minutes until the muffin springs bake when pressed.

Leave in the tin for about 5 minutes before releasing from the tins and leaving to cool on a rack.

Store the muffins in the freezer if you want them to last until the end of the week.

That's part of the lunch box dilemma solved for this week. Better get to bed so I'm ready for tomorrow's morning rush...

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