Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blueberry great grains muffins


These muffins were the perfect way to jump back into the routine of Tuesdays with Dorie. I can hardly believe I missed 5 weeks, but I am glad to be back. I am finally feeling better and I definitely have my sweet tooth back, and it's making up for lost time! These muffins were actually not too sweet, and didn't taste like cake masquerading as a muffin. That's a good thing, in my book. I like to keep breakfast and dessert somewhat separate. 
The recipe called for prunes, which I love, but only to snack on. There's something about rehydrated dried fruit that's weird. It's not dried, but it's still not fresh. Weird. So, I used fresh blueberries and some candied orange peel to flavour these. I also used more whole wheat flour and less white flour than the recipe called for, and these were not dense or tough at all. They definitely had texture, as I used a stoneground polenta and coarsely ground whole wheat flour. Oh, and I used some butter and some canola oil instead of all butter, because the butter was frozen. Everything is frozen here, actually. 
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The first muffin I ate plain, hot from the oven: delicious. The second I ate at room temperature with butter: delicious. The rest? I froze them before they disappeared too. Actually, I only baked 6, and froze the rest of the batter in my new muffin tin with a lid (finally!). So, I'll be able to pull that out and bake these fresh another day. I'll let you know how that turns out.
This week's recipe was selected by Christine at HappyTummy, so if you'd like to make these, head over there for the recipe. Thanks for a great pick, Christine--I'll be snacking on these for a while! As always, check out the LYL (leave your link) post on the Tuesdays with Dorie page to see who else made these, and how they changed them up.

31 comments:

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Mmm hot out of the oven was a good choice - I bet it was delicoius!

yummychunklet said...

Your muffins turned out great!

Cakelaw said...

I loved these! I have kidnapped all of them and stashed them in the freezer. Your blueberry version looks terrific.

HappyTummy said...

I used raisins, but blueberries sound fantastic. They would have been my second pick! I totally agree with you that breakfast and dessert should be kept separate :)

So glad you enjoyed these, and thanks for baking with me this week!

Libby said...

These look so good. I have connections to a Maine blueberry farm so I always have tons of Maine blueberries (the best hands down) in my freezer. I'll have to try this soon.

Sweet and Savory said...

The blueberries are a great combination for these.

Flourchild said...

Welcome back..I missed you! Your muffins look sooo good.I love the butter on them!! I am going to add BB next time I make these. I love that they weren't so sweet..but proves I need to cut back on my sugar intake!!

Pamela said...

Welcome back! I love that last picture. And good luck with that new muffin tin. Sounds convenient, that's for sure!

Valerie said...

Those blueberries make me think of summer! Great addition. And welcome back to TWD!

I'm jealous of your fancy lided (is that a word) muffin tine. :D

Mary said...

You have a muffin tin with a lid??? Where did you get it? What a great idea. I loved this recipe too and love your picture with the ruffled fresh butter on the side...

A Canadian Foodie said...

Love your butter peeler! I am a muffin maker baker eater from Waaaaaaaaaaay back - and those muffins rock. The crumb is tender and oh, so begging for that butter. YUM!
:)
Valerie

Mimi said...

Blueberries were a good pick for these muffins. I too, like to keep breakfast and dessert separate.
Mimi

miss kate said...

I am *here* with you on keeping dessert and breakfast separate; muffins are not cupcakes! I think that's why I loved these; they had just the right amount of sweetness. Blueberries would have been superb!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

They look wonderful - so glad you're back! :)

Clivia said...

You're right. These were a true muffin. Your photos are lovely! Welcome back.

Valérie said...

Oooh, they look nice and moist! Love your pic with the curls of butter!

Tia said...

oh your blueberries look so scrumptious and plump! yours look great! moist and yummy. nice job Tia @ Buttercreambarbie

Faith said...

I've been in the mood to make muffins lately too! Great idea using blueberries and candied orange peel...I bet that was a delicious combo!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delicious looking muffins! I really love all the ingredients used. Marvelous.

Cheers,

Rosa

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

you made my favorite kind of muffins, with blueberries. I would eat the whole lot in one sitting lol

jillbert said...

They look fabulous with blueberries added!

jillbert said...

Don Draper! I'm caught up on Mad Men and hoping it's not long before the next season. Enjoy season 2!

Karen said...

Yum! Your muffins look perfect! I may have to try these again with blueberries and orange peel!

Leslie said...

These sound (and look) fantastic with blueberries and orange. I added chocolate chips and they were yummy.

Anne said...

Your muffins are beautiful with the blueberries and they sound awesome with the orange zest. Yum! Great job Mary!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

I would love to have these muffins for breakfast.

Beth said...

I made these too, but with raisins and figs. I liked it, but I think next time I'd use dried cherries and apricots. Your solution looks great too!

Laurie @simplyscratch said...

Mary these look fabulous! I still have bags of frozen blueberries from my co-op last summer and I think I'm in the mood for muffins, these muffins {with extra butter}! :)

Brownieville Girl said...

I am a huge blurberry fan - I'd love these muffins!

Jessica said...

Those look like healthier (but really delicious) blueberry muffins. Candied orange peel is good in just about anything.

TeaLady said...

Yum!! Blueberries. What a great idea. I wish I could find some course ground corn meal, but...

I will try some of your subs next time.