Diversions

Blueberry Muffin Interlude (Recipe)

It’s back to the editing rounds, and one last pass of “The Book of Day”. I was nervous when I finally whipped out the dread stack of crits from VP 16 (~200 pages?), but to my surprise, working through it wasn’t that bad. My goal is to be done before the new year.

Really editing is not super exciting, but baking muffins? A little moreso!

I like to take a few shortcuts in the kitchen when I’m busy, and a whole wheat muffin is something I can munch on the way to work. These muffins are somewhat healthy and tasty too. They’re also super moist and not too dense despite the whole wheat content. These also make a great muffin if you swap the whole wheat for all purpose. Adapted from Anna’s Blueberry Muffins.

Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffin Recipe
makes 12 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup canola oil (any vegetable oil will do)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sour milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or fresh)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make the sour milk: put 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar in the bottom of a measuring cup, and fill it to make 1 cup. Set aside. It is done when it starts to curdle (about 5 minutes).
  3. Mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Mix the oil, syrup, eggs,  extract, and sour milk in a separate bowl.
  5. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
  6. Optional: toss your blueberries in a couple tablespoons of flour. This will prevent them from bursting inside the muffins. They’ll stay mostly whole.
  7. Gently add your blueberries to the batter and mix
  8. Pour batter into a muffin pan lined with muffin cups.
  9. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

P.S. I coated my blueberries with flour and plopped them on top instead of mixing them into the batter so they look strange in the photo, but they taste the same!

What do you do when you need a break from writing?

7 Comments

  1. At least the END of editing is super exciting? That’s what I keep telling myself as motivation, anyway. 😉 Good luck with yours!

    Also: those muffins look so good! I normally take a long walk when I need a break from work, but I may have to go the cooking route instead now!

  2. I don’t get enough writing time to say I take “breaks” from wriitng right now. Most of the time, I’m not writing because I’m doing too much “life” stuff.

    When I have free time and I’m just not feeling it for writing… I play video games. This is a highly rare occurrence.

    1. It’s going! We had a pretty good thanksgiving. I missed Canadian Thanksgiving back in October, but parents made a turkey for American Thanksgiving since we had some cousins from the states visiting. I had my fill 😉 Hope yours was good too.

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