Yesterday was the last day of the long weekend.... I thought of ending it on a sweeter note. After an elaborate Sunday lunch we usually enjoy an afternoon nap....that pleasure is perhaps gone forever...an after noon nap results into sleepless nights for me these days, so I prefer to sacrifice the simple pleasure of 'ektu goriye ni', which in Bengali means let me take a small nap....that 'small' refers to anything between 1-3 hours. Instead, we enjoy watching a movie together, small talks, leg pulling, planning for the evening if its not planned with friends...this way I enjoy the simple pleasures of life, enjoy being in each other, wait for another weekend.
We planned to stay at home yesterday evening. After two days of fun and frolic with friends, cooking, arranging special pooja at home, we needed a quite evening together at home. I thought why not prepare some fresh, hot muffins to enjoy with the evening tea. When it comes to baking, the learner me hunts for the simplest bakes. I had a small box of blueberries in the refrigerator.... so thought how about BLUEBERRY MUFFINS.... fact is I did not have the time, energy, patience to bake a cake which requires longer time, muffins seemed a better option. The teatime was approaching, with a tea connoisseur at home... I usually try to serve it in time. These blueberry muffins were done in 1 hour including the preparation time. The measurement yielded 12 muffins.
All Purpose Flour : 1 1/2 cup
Baking Powder : 2 tsp
Sugar : 1/2cup + 1 tbsp to sprinkle on top
Salt : 1/4 tsp
Butter [softened] : 1/2 cup[unsalted....if salted...skip using salt... I did so]
Milk : 1/2 cup
Eggs : 2
Vanilla Extract : 1 1/2 tsp
Fresh Blueberries : 1 cup
Wash the blueberries and dry them. Preheat oven at 200*C.
In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl cream together butter and sugar.
Add one egg at a time and beat well.
Add the milk and vanilla essence, mix well.
Add the flour mix to the liquid.
Just combine, do not overmix.
Add the blueberries leaving few.
The batter looks as below :
Pour the thick batter into muffin cup.
Sprinkle little sugar on top and place 1 or 2 blueberries over it.
Place on the low rack of your oven :
Bake at 200*C for 15 to 20 minutes depending on your oven.