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April 20, 2011

Blueberry Muffins



When we first moved to Singapore, I was dumbstruck by the variety of produce that I saw in the markets. The wet markets, the supermarkets, and the gourmet stores were all filled with every kind of fruit and vegetable. Yes, I'd read about most things, especially since I started blogging. But to see them for real was something else. I was literally the kid in a candy (err... fruit and vegetable) store. I mean, this was the real deal.

A wrong diagnosis during my pregnancy in India led to thinking that I may be developing gestational diabetes. Fortunately, there was no such thing and it was the result of a badly administered glucose tolerance test. But there was a time lag between the wrong diagnosis in India and the correct diagnosis in Singapore. I wanted to be extremely careful and stayed away from most things sweet. I relished the fruits as they were, but didn't dare to use them in baking. I could (and still can) do without the excess sugar and fat.

But now I have an oven. I have the produce. And I do make the time. I have been reading a lot of my cook books to see what I can make with what I get here. I found a packet of blueberries in the supermarket and they were a lot cheaper than they usually are. So, I came home with a packet. I found a great recipe in Nigella Lawson's "How to be a Domestic Goddess", modified it a wee bit and made these beauties today.

1 1/3 cup Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
A pinch of Salt
6 tbsp Oil
1 Egg
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Buttermilk
1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Blueberries

Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).

Line a 12-muffin pan with muffin cases.

In a bowl, beat the egg. Add the oil, sugar and buttermilk and whisk together.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the centre of this mixture and pour in the liquid ingredients. Fold the dry ingredients into the liquid lightly until it all comes together. Fold in the blueberries and mix gently.

Scoop the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffins comes out clean.

These are light, not cloyingly sweet and would be perfect for breakfast. With some butter and jam!

15 comments:

Andy - I,me,myself said...

Let me start making a list of all that I want when I visit!!

Raji said...

This is a scrumptious looking muffin...I am craving for this now.

CinnamonNChillies said...

NIce....do u have a eggless version of this???

Hari Chandana said...

Yummy and delicious.. thanks for sharing !!

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks delicious..blueberry is used to be expensive few years ago..now they are so cheap ..i never miss a chance to buy them..

Nupur said...

I'm so glad the first test turned out to be incorrect!

The muffins look wonderful- and I can't wait to see what you do with all the lovely produce you now have access to.

Priya Sreeram said...

nice bake !

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Raaga, those muffins are absolutely amazing. I am so glad that your test was wrong and you got to know in time and congratulations and take care during your pregnancy :)

Nithya said...

Delicious muffins :)

Raaga said...

Thanks all.

Arundhuti said...

Amazing! I love anything with blueberries....lovely muffins!

Champa said...

For some reason I am not fond of berries in baked goods. BUt these look very nice.

Divya Kudua said...

So good to see you back..Muffins look so pretty!

SpicyTasty said...

I love blueberries. This muffin looks perfect.

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