Monday, June 18, 2012
Blueberry Donut Muffins
Are you as shocked as I am that summer is really here? The weeks and months tick by with or without my approval. I mark the passage of time with the arrival of weekends and the denial of the restart of the work week. Holidays, birthdays and anniversarys pass. I fill up my 7 day medication dispenser with vitamins and such each Sunday evening (dang I feel like an old lady saying that). (I thought about erasing that last bit about the medication dispenser by the way.) And once a month I participate in Secret Recipe Club. Something I look forward to. It's a fun group to be a part of, but it also means another month has zipped by when I wasn't looking.
The best thing about the monthly arrival of SRC is trying out a new recipe. This month I was assigned Denise's blog, Creative Kitchen. I always have a blast browsing through a new blog, and Denise's was no exception. She has been blogging since 2009, she's busy with a family of five and focuses on making meals made with "real" whole foods. Creative Kitchen has a variety of sweet and savory dishes, all made with love and as few processed foods as possible. I admire Denise's committment to feeding her family real food, but keeping it in balance with the reality of our modern processed food society. It's a concept I'd like to incorporate more into my little family of two. Reading Denise's blog made me smile. She has an enthusiastic spirit that is evident in the stories she shares as well as the dishes she creates. Creative Kitchen definitely has a new follower!
Choosing just one recipe is always a challenge. I was drawn to several, but ultimately decided it was time to tackle the donut muffin. I am a fan of donuts. I am a fan of muffins. And a baked donut sure beats frying.
This recipe is easy to throw together on a Saturday morning as most of the ingredients can be found in a well stocked pantry. I thought my pantry was pretty well stocked, but as the donut muffins were baking, I realized I was completely out of butter. That almost never happens. I always have butter stashed away in the freezer.
Not this time.
The donut muffins require the top of the baked donuts to be dipped in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar. What to do? Go to the store at 7:30 am on Saturday morning in my yoga pants and bed head? Nope. Send Hubby to the store for me? Um, he was still sleeping.
Time to improvise.
I had some fresh blueberries in the fridge and I had already been thinking about making a blueberry sauce to drizzle over the donut muffins. Why not use that in place of butter? It was one of those happy accidents that turned out really well.
The donut muffins have the texture of a cake donut. Add in fresh blueberry preserves and a cinnamon sugar crunch on top and you have a tasty breakfast treat on your hands. I enjoyed one or three with a cup of early grey tea. Now that's the way I like to start my weekend. Denise recommends doubling the recipe, and I see why. These little babies go fast! Thanks for the recipe Denise!
Now, let's see how quickly July arrives. In the meantime...
Blueberry Donut Muffins
adapted from Creative Kitchen
1/3 cup of shortening (CK used coconut oil)
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (CK used whole wheat flour)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup blueberry preserves (see recipe below or if using store bought, heat preserves in microwave about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until loose)
1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 and spray muffin tin with cooking spray, or line with paper liners. I used my mini muffin pan (which is a medium sized mini--as opposed to a small mini) and it yielded 12 muffins (I would plan on 6-8 full size muffins).
In a medium bowl whisk shortening, sugar and egg until fully combined. In another medium bowl, stir flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together. Stir flour mixture into shortening mixture in thirds alternating with milk until just combined.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes for mini's or 25 minutes for full size, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool and dip tops in the blueberry preserves and then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture.
from The Ginger Snap Girl
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook on medium high heat. Boil mixture for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened. It will continue to thicken upon cooling.