Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Delicious Blueberry Muffins and a Completely Make-Ahead Brunch

I know everyone out there thinks about brunch from time to time. How do I know this? Because it's brunch. It's delicious. I'd probably eat it every day if my conscious would let me (but my conscious is obnoxious like that.)

Let's talk about planning a brunch. The optimal time for brunching is probably mid-morning, around 10:00am. But if one were to be completely prepared with a meal by that time they would probably have to start much earlier. Much earlier than 10:00am is too early to be slaving in the kitchen and preparing to host; hence the problem. The solution? Make a brunch completely before hand. Oh ho ho ho, yes. It can be done.

Delicious Blueberry Muffins
Quiche Lorraine
Yogurt Bar
Orange Juice

I made this brunch for a reception after my son's baby blessing. The blessing was at 9:00am and we ate brunch at 10:30am. I made the quiche and the muffins the day before, as well as sliced the fruit for the yogurt bar and set the table. All I basically had to do was put the yogurt in individual cups and reheat the quiche. Voila! Brunch. Make it. Invite some friends. Make 10:00am the best hour of your day.

Delicious Blueberry Muffins

1/3 cup sugar
Zest of one lemon

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 1/8 cups plus 1 tsp. sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
4 TBLS butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsps. vanilla extract

1. Make the topping by stirring together 1/3 cup sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray standard 12-muffin tin with cooking spray. (For this recipe I prefer to spray the the tin instead of using cupcake liners because the muffins come out nice and gooey and tend to stick to the liners.)
3. Rinse one cup blueberries under cold water and spread on paper towels to dry. Bring remaining one cup berries and 1 tsp. sugar to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for several minutes, stirring frequently and mashing berries as you go with a spoon until the berries are broken down and the mixture is thickened. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside to cool.
3. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Toss the dried berries from the paper towels into the flour mixture.
4. Beat together remaining 1 1/8 cups sugar and eggs until thick. Slowly mix in the butter, oil, buttermillk and vanilla until combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold egg mixture into flour mixture until just moistened. It's okay if there are a few lumpy spots or dry streaks of flour. The key to moist muffins is to not over mix.
5. Spoon or scoop muffin batter into tins until they are about 3/4 spool. Spoon about a tsp. of cooked berry mixture into the center of each muffin and gently swirl in using a toothpick or fork. Sprinkle lemon-sugar mixture evenly over muffins.
6. Bake 17-18 minutes or until the top of the muffins are just firm. Cool muffins in the tin for five minutes, then transfer to wire rack to continue cooling.
7. Everybody loves a muffin. 

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  1. I am quite impressed with your brunch idea!!! If our church was not at 1:00, I might even attempt it this Sunday after Matthew speaks in our ward. I hope you are all doing well! I forgot to let you know I tried the sugar cookies. They were a hit!

  2. I'm glad the sugar cookies were good! They are my favorite.
    I hope the farewell went off without a hitch! So excited/proud of Matthew! What did you end up doing for dinner?

  3. I have got to see that movie!! So funny. I also tried the sugar cookies. They were great but I am going to try your Sherlock cookies also. The second episode was so funny! Why is Sherlock only three episodes? We are sad because it is the best thing on tv. Also, your breakfast cookies were a hit with my seminary class. Chelle


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