One of our favorite things to do at home is curl up in bed every night with a DVD of a good television show. We’ve been through Rome and Pushing Daisies (so obviously my number one show!), The Celebrity Apprentice and LOST– and now we’re in the middle of the fourth season of Desperate Housewives. Care to guess which of the gals I most enjoy watching?
Of course: it’s Bree. And after watching her visit neighbor after neighbor with basket-fulls of freshly baked muffins, I just had to whip up a batch of that most classic of muffins: Blueberry.
Bree-inspired Blueberry Muffins
1 stick unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup sugar (I use superfine- makes for a softer muffin)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin pan with baking spray (or you can butter and flour it if you haven’t got any spray). Set this aside.
In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together gently. Use some (just about 2 teaspoons) of this flour mixture to coat the blueberries. Set aside.
In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, around three minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Mix in the vanilla.
On stir speed of your mixer- or by hand- add the flour mixture very gently, just until combined. Add milk, just until combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the blueberries just until combined. Spoon into muffin tin.
Bake about 30 minutes. Do not overbake!
I like to go all-out Bree and wrap up the still-warm muffins in a large napkin or kitchen towel, and serve in a pretty basket.