August 22, 2011

Secret Recipe Club - Blueberry Muffins

This month for the Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog, From The Bookshelf. This is a new to me food blog and one that I am happy to have been introduced to.

I had no problem this month deciding what I was going to make. It was a toss up between Uncle Nicky's Gnocchi or Blythe Danner's Blueberry Muffins. The Blueberry Muffins won out when Sunday morning rolled around (yes, I know, big slap on the hand for being one of those Secret Recipe Club members who waits til the last minute to make and blog) and I only needed to run to the store to pick up some all-purpose flour and Itty Bitty and I were ready for breakfast.

The original recipe was out of ,My Father's Daughter, a cookbook by Gwyenth Paltrow. Because of Andrea's blog post I have now added this book to my list of must reads and will keep my eye out for it the next trip to the library.

These Blueberry Muffins were so incredibly easy to make and the flavor was outstanding. Andrea's addition of lemon zest gave these Blueberry Muffins a refreshing bite. Blueberries and lemon are a winning combination every time. They are light and fluffy and a great go to recipe.

Makes 12 Muffins

Stars of the Show:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk - I used skim milk.
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried - I ended up using 2 cups blueberries and mashing them.

And Action:

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray well with cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk the cooled butter, eggs and milk until everything is incorporated. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking powder and salt.

Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir everything together until the batter is smooth and creamy.

Fold in the blueberries and lemon zest.

Fill each muffin cup about 1/2 full, dividing the batter evenly amongst all 12 cups. Sprinkle the muffin tops with the remaining teaspoon of sugar. Bake them for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Secret Recipe Club'
I'll be marking #1 off of my "Stir The Pot" page. 2 down, 23 to go.

Just a reminder: Don't forget to check out my giveaway for 5 bags of Food Should Taste Good chips You have until midnight on August 22, 2011 to enter. The winner will be announced the following morning. Best of luck y'all!


Andrea {From te Bookshelf} said...

Glad you liked them! They look terrific!

Trisha said...

I'd love this for breakfast!

Pretend Chef said...

Andrea - They were perfect. My neighbor saw me post on Facebook that I was making them and he asked me to save him some for work this morning. Thank you for the amazing recipe.

Trisha - I can't wait to have one this morning for breakfast.

Dan said...

And as I've already said twice for this month's SRC: the store-bought blueberry muffin I had for breakfast today can't hold a candle to that. Wow.

Lisa~~ said...

Fresh muffins, what a great way to start any day. If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A" ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cook Lisa Cook

Jeanette said...

Great pick for SRC - your muffins came out great, and I like that you used skim milk instead for a lighter, healthier muffin!

Jeanette said...

Great pick for SRC - your muffins came out great, and I like that you used skim milk instead for a lighter, healthier muffin!

Pretend Chef said...

Dan - Thank you for that compliment.

Lisa -They were so delicious and perfect for breakfast. I follow your blog and have already checked out your post. It was a great pick for SRC.

Jeanette - The skim milk worked perfectly in this recipe without the extra fat.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Blueberry muffins are always a hit around here!!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

Can't go wrong with blueberry muffins! They look awesome!

Anonymous said...

This is such a classic and always welcome in this house;))

Lizzy said...

Oh, I love From the Bookshelf!!! Lucky you on the blog match up. And your muffins look fantastic!


I made Blueberry Muffins last month. Perfect Breakfast!

Thanks again for being a part of SRC and being a part of my first group, I enjoyed being your host! Now, I get to visit everyone's blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

If you haven't already, come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad

or my second post for the SRC Raspberry and Nutella Pizza

Pretend Chef said...

Debbi - I think they are a hit in most households. I know they are in mine for sure.

Amanda - Thank you!

Dzoli - Wish you lived closer. I'd pack some up and send them home with you. I have more then I will be able to eat.

Lizzy - I enjoyed the blog a lot. Thank you for the compliment.

Tina - Thank you for your help with hosting. I can't wait to have a little bit more time and go through the other entries.

HoosierHomemade said...

We love Blueberry Muffins at our house! Yours look yummy!

Pretend Chef said...

Liz - Thank you for the compliment!

Erin said...

Love blueberry muffins! Looks great! Perfect choice for SRC!

Allison said...

I have wanted to flip through that cookbook. Glad to see this recipe from it was a success. A warm blueberry muffin on a Sunday morning sounds delightful.

Pretend Chef said...

Erin - Thank you!

Allison - I can't wait to check the cookbook out. I am glad that Andrea gave the recommendation to check it out. These are the perfect lazy Sunday breakfast.

Lynne said...

My all-time favorite muffin! Looks like a great recipe to keep on file.

Pretend Chef said...

Lynne - It is a definite keeper.

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

huckleberries would be a great alternative in this recipe. What a great looking recipe!

Pretend Chef said...

Vivian - Thank you for the great idea for an alternative. That sounds so good.

Amy said...

Looks great! SCR is turning out to be lots of fun -- so many new recipes to try!

Pretend Chef said...

Amy - I am really enjoying being part of this group as well. So much fun being introduced to new blogs.

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