Blueberry and Cherry Muffins

I took a pretty long hiatus from baking this winter. Maybe it was my new job or moving into my new apartment and never really unpacking all of my kitchen stuff, but for whatever reason, I stopped baking until about a week ago. I forgot how much of a rush I got off of cooking and baking and how much it helped with my stress. After a stressful Saturday, I decided I needed to bake something. With limited ingredients, I made these wonderful muffins, and they were pretty delicious too!

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Blueberry and Cherry Muffins:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk or half and half
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup cherries

Streusel Topping

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or melted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line muffin tin with paper liners. Makes about 14-20 muffins.
  2. Prepare streusel topping by whisking together sugar, flour, cinnamon and oil. Mix until topping has sandy texture, then set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and lemon zest, then set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy on low medium (about 3 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each egg. Then, add sour cream, milk and vanilla.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  6. Fold in blueberries and cherries.
  7. With an ice cream scooper, divide batter evenly into muffin cups. Sprinkle muffins with streusel topping.
  8. Bake at 350º for 20 to 25 min, to test, insert a tooth pick into the center to see if it comes out clean.
  9. Let muffins cool in the pan for about two minutes. Then, place on cooling rack for about ten minutes. Muffins are great to eat while they are still warm.

 

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Day 243-Kale and Blueberry Smoothie

Yes, I am still drinking green smoothies for breakfast. What is most surprising is I am actually enjoying trying new ingredients and getting excited to drink the smoothie! I am genuinely shocked! Yesterday, I tried the combo of kale and blueberries.  Recipe below:

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and combine. If the smoothie is too thick to drink through a straw, add more water.

Citrus and Blueberry Cupcakes, Creation #4

I previously posted about my happy dance in Sunflower Market over produce sales. The only problem with sales is I tend to over buy! What does one do with 4 tangerines nearing the end of their lives? No, not tangerade, but more cupcakes! These are one of my favorite cupcakes so far, and I am a chocolate girl, so I usually shy away from fruit based desserts, but I love the flavor combination of these cupcakes.

Citrus and Blueberry Cupcake:

The cupcake batter is a basic chiffon cake, and I just added the citrus and blueberry. Recipe adapted from http://www.bellaeats.com/blog/2010/8/19/celebrate-with-citrus-cupcakes.html.

Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 6 ounces cup milk
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 tangerine
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tangerines, juiced
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line muffin tins with 18 liners.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolks, butter, milk, lemon and tangerine juice, and vanilla.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder and salt to blend.  Add the lemon and tangerine zest and blend with your fingers to separate clumps. Add the egg yolk mixture and stir until well combined, then add frozen blueberries, folding gently, and set aside.
  4. In a mixing fitted with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high-speed until they hold soft peaks.  Lower the mixer speed to medium, gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beat the whites until they hold stiff peaks.  Stir about one-third of the egg whites into the batter.  Fold  remaining whites into the batter, gently, in two batches, to blend thoroughly.
  5. Scope the batter into muffin tins, fill each muffin cup 3/4 of the way full.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or insert toothpick in the center of a cupcake and it should come out clean.
  6. Let cupcakes cool for 10 minutes in pan.  Remove the cupcakes from the pans and allow them to cool completely on wire racks.

Orange Italian Buttercream:

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz egg whites
  • 8 oz sugar
  • 1 oz Grand Mariner
  • 1 oz water
  • 8 oz butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of Grand Mariner

Directions:

  1. Before starting, you will need a thermometer and a small bowl of water and lemon juice and a pastry. This is for the syrup to dissolve crystallized sugar.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, place egg whites and whip until soft peaks, then gradually add 1 ounce of sugar.
  3. While egg whites are whipping, combine remaining sugar, water and Grand Marnier in clean pot over medium heat. Stir gently until sugar dissolves and cover pot. The syrup must be cooked to soft ball stage (220 degrees at high altitude, 230 degrees sea level), or just let boil for about 10 seconds.
  4. With the mixer still going on high-speed slowly pour the hot syrup down the side of the mixing bowl, keep whisking until egg whites are cooled.
  5. With the butter at room temperature and the mixer on high, slowly add to egg whites one tablespoon at time. Note: once the butter is all add the mixture will look very soupy, but just keep mixing on high for several minutes until mixture becomes thick.
  6. Once mixture is thick add vanilla, zest, juice and Grand Marnier.
  7. Fill pastry bag with desired tip and pipe on cupcake.

Blueberry Compote

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in pot, bring to boil, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Once cooled, spoon gently over cupcakes.

Enjoy the cupcakes!