Muffins are one of my favourite things to bake. They’re quick, easy, delicious and versatile. They can be breakfast, a snack, or part of a brown-bag lunch. Warmed with a cup of tea, they make cozy companions for a fireplace and a good book!
One of the great things about living in Newfoundland is that we have so many wonderful local berries. Every summer, blueberries, partridgeberries and bakeapples grow in abundance around St John’s. Marc and I love to go hiking on the East Coast Trail and fill our water bottles with blueberries, which grow in such great numbers that it feels like one could never pick them all.
While cleaning out my freezer, I stumbled upon some wild blueberries that we picked and flash-froze this past summer. These little treasures inspired me to make the delicious muffins pictured below. I’ve also been on somewhat of a lemon kick lately and so decided to add a bit of sunshine to this winter day with some lemon zest.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup butter (to be melted)
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup whole milk
1 cup wild blueberries, fresh or frozen
zest of 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 Celsius). Prepare a muffin tin by either greasing the cups or filling with muffin papers.
Measure first four ingredients into a large bowl and mix. Make a well in the centre.
Beat eggs in a separate bowl until frothy. Add 1/2 cup whole milk as well as the blueberries and lemon zest. Melt butter, add it to the egg mixture and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into well and stir – do not overmix. Add milk from the remaining 1/4 cup – no need to add it all, but just enough so that the batter is not too thick to spoon into muffin cups.
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Makes about 12 muffins.
For a fancier, more dessert-like muffin try adding a lemon glaze (mmm! So good!), such as this one from Jean Paré’s Muffins and More: combine 3 tbsp lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves. Spoon the glaze over the muffins and allow to cool.
I hope everyone’s enjoying this winter weather. These muffins will definitely help us feel warmer among all this snow. Drive safely out there!
Recipe inspired by Jean Paré