Growing up in a small country town in the 80's in Australia wasn't very exciting. Food was usually meat and potatoes, or a sausage in bread, and the usual treats from the bakery or canteen were a snot block [vanilla slice], or a donut.
So when we moved to the city, and shops sold these things called muffins, it seemed like a whole new world had opened up (not to mention the fish and chip shop down the road from mum and dad's office - we spent a fortune there every day after school!)
Anyway, back to muffins. I've always been a lover of chocolate. Vanilla just seems dull to me, but chocolate is exciting, and can be consumed so many different ways.
But blueberries changed my world.
Fruit. In a cake. And it wasn't apple pie.
From then on, whenever I could choose a muffin, I chose blueberry.
The taste of the fresh vanilla cake. The little pop as you bite into the blueberry.
And it goes perfectly with a hot cup of tea.
But baking them at home has always been a dismal failure. Until recently.
Budget restraints, and something that just tastes a bit too "off" has seen me searching out muffin recipes to bake from scratch.
And I think I have absolutely nailed these blueberry muffins.
Give them a try, tell me if you think I've nailed it.
2 & 1/2 cup self raising flour (or all purpose/plain flour, and add 1Tbs baking powder)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries (I used frozen, fresh will work, too)
* combine flour and sugar in bowl
* add egg, oil, milk, vanilla, mix gently
* fold in blueberries
* spoon into greased or lined muffin trays
* bake 180°C for 20min, or golden brown on top
best eaten warm, can be frozen.
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