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Walnut Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins

Walnut Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins – adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook (1950 edition)

This is from the “Sweeter Popular Muffins” recipe – the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of milk but I found that the muffins are too dense for my taste so I always double the milk.

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup soft shortening

1 egg

1 cup milk

1 cup blueberries (frozen, canned or fresh) – put an extra 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour aside.

Nut-Crunch Topping

Mix together 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup broken nuts (walnuts or pecans are excellent!), and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Make sure to break up any lumps.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together with blending fork or pastry blender. Then stir JUST UNTIL ingredients are blended. Roll your blueberries into the sugar and flour you set aside. Carefully fold your blueberries into the rest of your mixture. Then should help keep your blueberries from bleeding purple juice into your muffins. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle the Nut-Crunch Topping over the muffins.

Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Makes about 12 muffins.

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I use frozen blueberries I get at one of the club stores and have a lot of broken blueberries, and I never know when I’m going to get a tart one I like to add some sugar onto them.

Transition from Store Bought to Homemade Breads & Bakery Goods

How often have you gone to a party or see a photo on Facebook showing mouth watering breads or baked goods? How often have you wished you were a super awesome person who seems to have a million hours in their life to do that? How often have you *sighed* drooling over the photos that seem too complicated for a person who well…sets off the fire alarm EACH time they turned on the oven?

I’m so mad I wasted money on a “cake pops” maker! It never occurred to me that people were just making them from cake and frosting! Aren’t you jealous of the blogs of Bakerella, for photos of ….

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the photos from Love From The Oven….

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or any one of these ladies that Love From The Oven lists in her post “My Favorite Bakers and Bloggers Must See Sites”. *drrrrroooooooool*

Anyway, I love those kinds of baked goods and I could never come up with anything that clever. I’ll just imitate! But what I really love is bread and the scent when I mix yeast together… ok, well I love to pat the “rise” too. Here are my recipe picks for all kinds of bread that I normally eat. Some I’ve tried, others I want to try (and shall!).

Breakfast:

The Fresh Loaf has a recipe perfected for English Muffins that while doesn’t boast all those “nooks and crannies”, tastes pretty good.

The Weekend Bakery braved Classic French Croissants! I am encouraged to, as they are my favorite pastry aside from Danishes. I had a job as a teen that took me past a donut shop that made croissants. Let’s just say I had a croissant and hot cocoa each morning. Luckily it was a summer camp job and I was walking to and from work too – love to burn those calories!

Lunch

My husband loves the touch of honeyed sweetness in this Whole Wheat Honey Bread from Tammy’s Recipes. I have a loaf sitting on the counter right now. It’s a rival to Hubby’s fav but super expensive $5.00 Russian Rye. Although the Russian Rye isn’t completely organic (without any chemicals) the cost for such a small loaf is outrageous when he goes through 1 a week. I NEED a homemade Russian Rye recipe please!

Aren’t Pita Bread and Tortillas almost the same? lol I did see a new post on a linky party this week that I might need to try out!

Need quick Hamburger/Hot Dog Buns? Look no further than Taste of Home. You can use these as dinner rolls too. I had problems with the recipe originally, but I tried it yesterday and they turned out awesome, more so than the 70+ ingredients in store bought buns – I think I may have had “timing” issues – not letting the yeast set long enough and not kneading it long enough.

Dessert!

I want to try out these Eclairs at The Fresh Loaf!

Crepes, sweet or savory! Although the first crepes were a better fit, Alton Brown’s were a better recipe.

A reader suggested I try out the Artisan Breads in 5 Minutes book, which I’ve heard of but haven’t read yet. It may give me more ideas. What are your favorite breakfast, lunch/dinner, dessert breads?

Apple & Cheddar Muffets from “Julia’s Child” by Sarah Pinneo

I just read a book as part of my 2012 Reading Challenge (read more about my review of the book) about a mompreneur trying to have it all in Julia’s Child. I decided to make this delicious sounding muffin coined a “Muffet” by the authors character Julia Bailey. In the book Julia Bailey runs an organic toddler meals and backed goods business from Brooklyn, N.Y. called Julia’s Child. I’m kinda jealous that The Book Fetish got to review her book and interview her! The author Sarah Pinneo is on tour in New England currently.

Here is the recipe I”m making for breakfast and I’ll update with the pictures as soon as possible. HERE ARE THE PHOTOS!!! YUM

Apple & Cheddar Muffets

Ingredients

1 very large apple or 2 small ones

2 tablespoons butter

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg lightly beaten

1/3 cup whole milk

1 cup sour cream

1 1/2 cups grated cheddar, divided

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Generously grease and flour 12 muffin cups.

Peel and core the apples and dice finely.  If your toddler is helping, peel and slice an extra one to share. If you play your cards right, he or she will be busy eating the apple slices while you’re measuring out the dry ingredients.

In a small skillet, melt the butter and sauté the apple until tender and just beginning to brown, about 7 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.

All the dry ingredients

The wet ingredients & cheese

Wet meets dry ingredients

Meanwhile, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, sour cream, and 1 cup of the cheese. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; then add the apples and butter.  Stir just to combine.

  MMMM…cheeese

Spoon into the prepared tin, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until very brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffets comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a rack. Loosen muffets by ringing their edges with a plastic knife. Turn them gently out onto a plate. Serve warm or room temperature.

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