Wish Upon A Dish: National Blueberry Muffin Day

July 11, 2011

National Blueberry Muffin Day

I still had a pint of blueberries to use up after making Stacey's Blueberry-Ricotta Cake.

I love corn muffins so I decided to combine the two. The fact that it's from a Whole Living site and Martha, this is a win-win all around.

I can send The Nudge off to work with something healthy to start his day with, and he probably won't even know it.

I will wrap each one in plastic wrap and freeze them. By the time he gets to work, it will have defrosted and just in time to eat with his morning Joe.

Blueberry-Cornmeal Muffins
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Whole Living
Makes 12

* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup cornmeal
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar (I used Ideal)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
* 1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk, plus about 2 tablespoons for tops
* 2 large eggs, separated
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (I used applesauce)
* 1 1/2 cups blueberries (about 1/2 pound), picked over and rinsed
* 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse sanding sugar (optional) (I used Palm Sugar)
* Nonstick cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with rack in center. Lightly coat a standard muffin tin with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and orange zest, if using.
1. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg yolks, and butter. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until just blended. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until just stiff. Gently fold whites and blueberries into the batter until just combined.
3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each cup three-quarters full. Bake 12 minutes. Remove from oven; gently brush tops with buttermilk, and sprinkle with sanding sugar, if desired. Continue baking until tops are golden and a cake tester inserted in a muffin center comes out clean, 6 to 8 minutes more. Let muffins cool slightly, about 10 minutes, before turning out of tin.

I not only sprayed with Pam, I also used liners. Will be easier for The Nudge to transport to work in his lunch bag.

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