A few days ago my friend T. asked me to make blueberry muffins for her. So I thought I’d try Nigella Lawson’s recipe from her Domestic Goddess book. If you haven’t already bought this book, I recommend you do so- it’s full of delicious and doable recipes for all sorts of desserts- from simple muffins (like these) to more complex tarts, cheesecakes & trifles, as well as straightforward recipes for good, simple bread-baking. Most of the things I’ve tried from this book turn out well, & an added bonus is Nigella’s well-known style of enthusiastically talking you through the recipes step by step, making for wonderful comfort-reading.
I’m submitting this recipe for the ‘Berrylicious’ event runnings at Nutriferia. The round-up in a few days should be interesting- desserts containing any kind of berries… the best thing for these warm summer days.
- 75 gr. unsalted butter, melted (I did this in the microwave: careful that you don’t burn it!)
- 200 gr. (1 1/3 cups) plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 75 gr. (1/4 cup) caster sugar (I used vanilla sugar)
- pinch salt
- 200 ml buttermilk — (or 1/2 cup plain yogurt and 100 ml semi-skimmed milk)
- 1 large egg
- 200 gr. blueberries
- a bit of orange zest (optional) (I didn’t use this)
- Melt the butter, and set it aside to cool for a little
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius (gas mark 6)
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl
- In a measuring cup beat together the buttermilk, (or yogurt and milk), egg, and melted butter
- Using a wooded spoon and a light hand, pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently to combine
- Don’t worry about lumps; the important thing with muffins is that the mixture isn’t overworked
- Fold in the blueberries, again keeping mixing to a minimum
- You could also add orange zest at this point if you wanted
- Spoon into the muffin tin & bake for 20 minutes, by which time the muffins should be risen and golden and firm on top
- Eat warm or cooled as you like (they’re great for breakfast, which is how we had them… perhaps with a bit of jam, or simply as they are with a tall glass of cold milk).