Searching For Ambrosia: Breakfast Food Is Almost Perfection

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 12.47.54 PMI must be on a blueberry kick, because here I am with another blueberry recipe. When I have blueberries, there are two foods I usually think of first: pancakes and muffins. Both of these are considered breakfast foods, but I use “breakfast” loosely because I enjoy eating these foods at any hour of the day.
Blueberry muffins are something I make different every time I bake them. I haven’t been able to find my “perfect” muffin yet and so I’m always playing with my recipe, adjusting things here and there, searching for the recipe that will create the muffin I “taste” in my mind. I can’t say I’m “there” just yet, but I finally have the base recipe that I think will give me what I’m looking for.
Sometimes I wonder if my search for perfection goes too far. Perfectionists have a rough road in life, as do those around them. Not only are perfectionists hard on themselves, criticizing every fault they feel they make, but they also tend to be too hard on those around them, making it uncomfortable for all involved. In my personal life, I’m striving to ease up on perfection and have actually made progress. My home is not as spotless as it once was and I can now focus on my family and friends more when they visit instead of worrying if my baseboards are squeaky clean. I don’t worry as much about what others think of me (my “too many” dogs, my clothes, my words, etc.), but sometimes I still regress and beat myself up unnecessarily. Unfortunately, I know I’m not alone in dealing with perfection and all that goes with it, but I do have hope that I (and others) will learn to see themselves as well as those around them in a more positive light and to focus on the good, and not on perfection.
Food, on the other hand, I still strive for perfection on, well, because it is FUN. Adjusting recipes and playing with additions and subtractions of ingredients is more than work or a hobby, it is playtime for me. I also know I’m not the only one out there who feels this way either, so I’m offering my “base” blueberry muffin recipe for you to play with. Have fun!
Almost There Blueberry Muffins
1¼ c flour
½ c sugar
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¾ c buttermilk
¼ c cooking oil
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c (6 oz.) fresh blueberries
½ c flour
½ c brown sugar
¼ c old-fashioned oats
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
4 tbsp. butter, melted
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with liners and spray with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
For muffins: In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla until combined and add to flour mixture. Stir in blueberries and divide evenly into prepared muffin cups.
For streusel: In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon and salt. Stir in butter until crumbly and sprinkle evenly over batter in cups.
Bake about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in pan for a few minutes, remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
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Rose Klein

Written by Rose Klein