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To Die for Blueberry Muffins

After dinner, husband, daughter and myself decided it would be a good idea to do a family cooking project. I don't have much in the way of baking supplies at the moment (grocery day is Friday!), but I did have some blueberries sitting around :) Set your butter out to soften! 1/4 cup. I never used to do this until recently. I made chocolate chip cookies one day and 'softened' (aka melted into a runny mess) my butter in the microwave. It seriously affected the taste and texture of the cookies, so set your butter out ahead of time or take extra special care when microwaving. If you can squeeze it by hand or squish it with a utensil, it's softened! 


Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
3/4 cup white sugar 
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/3 cup vegetable oil 
1 egg 
1/3 cup milk
         1 cup fresh blueberries  
 
 Topping:

1/4 Splenda brown sugar blend (1/2 cup regular brown sugar) 
1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Full recipe found here. Note: The topping in the original recipe calls for white sugar but based on reviews and experience, I used brown sugar (Spelnda blend; supposedly healthier?). It also said to fill 1 cup with 1/3 cup veg. oil and then an egg and then finish off with milk; I just did each ingredient separately.

Husband and daughter put everything together. It's fun getting to see them together. Mommy and Daddy certainly do things differently in the kitchen, as in Mommy doesn't destroy it :p Mix your wet and dry ingredients separately, always, unless otherwise instructed. I hate dirtying an extra dish, but it's proven worth it. Once husband and daughter mixed the two together, it was extremely dry, like "Man, something has gone horribly wrong and this can't be right" dry. We forged ahead though and scooped it into 6 muffin cups and a mini bread loaf pan (I only have a six shooter muffin muhbobber, but recipes making 12 muffins also fit this way :)). They forgot to add the blueberries, so we just mushed them in at the last minute. The topping made more than enough and a fight ensued: smushed butter and brown sugar is not something to be eaten with a spoon, daughter! haha :)

They came out wonderfully. Not all that pretty, but delicious nonetheless. Not going to do much for your figure, but if you're eating muffins as part of a diet plan, you're probably on the wrong plan :)

Would I make these for someone else? Probably. I would play around with adding a teensy more vegetable oil to make them a little more moist. They came out good enough, but I’m weird about what I will serve to other people :)


Nutrition info:

Serving Size 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 383
Calories from Fat 145

% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16.1g 25 %
Saturated Fat 5.2g 26 %
Cholesterol 43mg 14 %
Sodium 322mg 13 %
Potassium 73mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrates 56.9g 18 %
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6 %
Protein 4.3g 9 %
Sugars 33.6g