So, yes, you'd be right to suppose that, having such strong feelings about muffins, I'd be baking them all the time. But, no. I could not tell you the last time I made muffins!
Going into this challenge, I knew I wanted a muffin that was not very sweet, but would be packed to the roof with blueberries. The texture should be more like quick bread and less like cake -- denser and heavier, more like "food" than "dessert." The recipe should use oil or melted butter as I am too impatient to soften butter. Ideally, the ingredients would include yogurt as I had a large open container of 2% Greek yoghurt I wanted to use up.
I fed all my hopes and desires into Google and it spat out several promising recipes. In the end, I went with the simplest and most straight-forward of the lot -- The Stock Pot's "Evan's Blueberry Mini Muffins." I admit I was intrigued by the inclusion of cornmeal and mini muffins seemed as if they would perfectly proportioned with the correct ratio of batter to blueberries. Also, if I went all Garfield on the muffins, bite-sized muffins would make me feel less naughty.
All the wet ingredients -- yoghurt, milk, egg, vanilla, canola and olive oil.
All the dry ingredients -- flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Wet ingredients meet dry ingredients and blueberries.
Mixing the batter together. (Surprised by how fluffy the batter
became as I mixed it -- yoghurt & baking powder magic in action?)
Ready to go in the 375°F oven 15 minutes later.
Fresh from the oven.
(Let them sit 10 min in the tin on a rack).
Cooling on a rack.
(Let them sit another 10 minutes, decanted, before eating).
I made my muffins as directed ... with two small changes. Because I used plain Chobani 2% Greek yoghurt while the original recipe used vanilla yoghurt, I added 1 teaspoon Penzeys Mexican vanilla to my wet ingredients. I also used a combination of olive oil and canola oil as I completely misjudged the amount of olive oil left in the bottle.
These muffins came out really well. So well, in fact, I was not inclined to share them with my coworkers! (But I did, because I'm a nice person ... but only eight, because I'm not that nice). I definitely recommend this recipe if you're looking for a quick, easy, and reasonably healthful muffin.