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Blueberry muffins

And a talk about embracing your weird side
blueberry muffins recipe

Ingredients

  • 300 g all purpose flour + 1 Tbsp
  • 220 g milk
  • 100 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100 g sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 8 g baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • grated zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 150 g blueberries, fresh or frozen

Method

→ Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a muffin tin with 8 muffin cases.

 

→ In a medium bowl cream together butter, sugar and lemon zest with a wooden spoon. Add in the eggs and salt and keep stirring. Pour in 300g of flour and the baking powder, then add the milk. Stir until just combined: you will get a pretty thick batter.

 

→ In a small bowl combine the Blueberries with 1 Tbsp of flour, sift out the excess flour and add the blueberries to the muffins batter. The flour coating will prevent the blueberries from sinking during the baking process.

 

→ Fill the muffin cases 2/3 full and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden and a skewer inserted in the middle of the muffins comes out clean.

 

→ Serve the blueberry muffins slightly warm, maybe with a creamy cappuccino.

Creative talk

‘Do you know the muffin men?’ ‘Yes, I know the muffin man’ ‘Now three of us know the muffin men’

 

No, until a few minutes ago, I personally didn’t know about him at all.

It all started when I googled ‘muffin’ – it was all I could think of after putting those blueberry treats in the oven.

Turns out The Muffin Man is an English nursery rhyme that began to spread in the Victorian Era and has continued to the present day, as shown by the hundreds of memes in my search page.

The creators of Shrek were inspired by this rhyme in creating a character.

There is even a song by the rock music icon Frank Zappa. Despite knowing the artist, I had missed this hidden gem, Muffin Man.

[Okay, my brain is starting to show signs of fatigue. How long does it take for muffins to bake? I hate waiting.]

Anyway, Muffin Men is the title of the last track in Zappa’s album Bongo and it was used as the closing piece in many of his concerts in the following years. The lyrics don’t seem to talk about much, other than a man who prefers muffins over cupcakes. Which reflects pretty accurately his weird and wonderful approach to music!

That is what Muffin Man means to me now:

always remember to embrace the strange and the extraordinary in yourself. Your creativity, after all, stems from your unique perception of the world.

 

‘Now all we know the Muffin Men’.

[Mental delirium of a greedy and hungry person waiting for the 30 minutes that separate him from his blueberry muffins.]

 

— Leo

 

Click here if you don’t know Frank Zappa’s song.

Click here if you already knew it and just want to listen again to how crazy it sounds.

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