Our Cookbook Blog

Our Cookbook ~ What We Cook, is a compilation of every recipe we (Janice and Carissa) cook - recipes from our cookbook collections, our recipe boxes, and our heads! We set up this blog for friends and family who have our cookbook to let them see pictures we post of the recipes in the book, and also for us to note any corrections, revisions, or additions to What We Cook. We encourage people who are cooking our recipes to let us know how the recipes turn out and any suggestions they might want to make.

In addition, we will be sharing some of our new recipes (along with pictures) that are not in our cookbook. We hope you will help us out and test recipes and give us your comments.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Carissa's Blueberry Muffins ~ page 291

I bought a HUGE thing of blueberries at Costco a couple days ago, thinking I'd treat my kiddos to fresh blueberries this week. Wouldn't you know they turned their noses up to the berries, and asked for raisins for a snack!! Toddlers can be so odd sometimes! So...I have lots of blueberries to use up now. I have always made these muffins with frozen berries, and was happy to find out that it doesn't make any difference in the recipe at all. So use whatever you have on hand. They were so fluffy and coffee-cake like I had to freeze the muffins as fast as I could so I didn't stand there eating 3 or 4 right out of the oven!

Ok, I have to tell a quick funny story about my Crisco...I always grease my muffin pans with shortening, probably cuz that is what my mom always did. Anyway, my 2 1/2 year old kept pointing at the can asking to taste it, I told her no probably 6 or 7 times. She kept saying she wanted just a little tiny bite cuz she was hungry. Finally she resorted to asking if she could just smell it. After much frustration on my part since I was trying to concentrate and measure my muffin ingredients I gave in and said..."Fine, if you really have to smell the shortening here you go", and I took the lid off and stuck it under her nose. (yes there was some sarcasm in my voice at this point) The look on her face was priceless! She looked inside, then back at me and said..."But Mommy, where is the chicken?" Apparently the picture on the front was making her hungry! It gave me quite a chuckle once I put it all together that she thought it was a tub of fried chicken on the counter!!
So, back to the recipe, here are the blueberries tossed in a little flour, it keeps them from clumping together...especially important when using frozen berries!

Above is my little trick to get the muffins out without them sticking to the pan...spread a teaspoon or two of the batter (before you add berries) on the bottom of the pan, then no berries melt and glue themselves down there! Works like a charm.
These have great texture...the only problem with the recipe is that the minutes are for mini muffins, not regular muffins. The recipe says 10-12 minutes. So you need to up the time for regular sized muffins to 15-18. Now I have a bunch in the freezer to send with Adam to work for breakfast, a nice change from his cinnamon raisin bagels I'm sure! --Carissa


Janice Johnson said...

I did have a good long chuckle! Great story to send into a magazine!

Carissa said...

One more thing I just remembered...for those of you who weigh your flour I used 325 grams of flour. Also, another tidbit about the recipe, for those of you related to Adam's side of the family...this is a recipe from Sharon Stone, (that I altered slightly) from the Stone Family Favorites cookbook!