Another Perfect Mom Moment gone astray. I had the blueberries. I had the jam. I had the flour, the sugar, the butter, the cinnamon, the eggs. I had the kindergartener signed on to the project. But oops (oops being a euphemism for the words I actually used when I realized), I did not have the yogurt for our favorite blueberry-lingonberry mini-muffins.
But, snow falling on the first day of Spring told me that baking had to be. So Iron Mom took over from Perfect Mom (who I don’t like very much anyway) and made from lemons lemonade. Or in this case, a different muffin. As Temple Grandin’s mom used to say, “Different, but not less.”
A bit like a ball of crumb cake stuffed with berries, these were very cute, very delicious and just the right sweetness. And the fact that we make mini-muffins allows us to spread the love farther – a few to the neighbors, a few to the teachers, a few in the lunch pail…everyone loves a little something sweet that doesn’t feel like a mortal sin.
Blueberry – Strawberry Muffins
½ Cup milk (lowfat is fine)
¼ Cup oil
1 ½ Cups flour (combination of white and whole wheat is fine)
½ Cup sugar (combine white and light brown as you see fit)
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 Cup blueberries
2 Tbs strawberry jam (we use juice-sweetened, not sugar-sweetened)
¼ Cup sugar
¼ Cup flour
¼ tsp cinnamon
1/8 Cup butter, softened
Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease mini-muffin tins (or RECOMMENDED, line with paper cups).
In a large bowl, beat egg lightly. Stir in milk and oil. Add dry ingredients (not blueberries or jam). Mix the batter so you just get a dough, but not much more so it won’t get tough. Fold in the blueberries, followed by the jam. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full.
In a separate bowl, crumble the topping ingredients together until crumbly. Sprinkle a bit on each mini-muffin.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until muffins have risen and are golden brown. They should be spongy to the touch. Remove from oven, then cool on a rack until you are ready to eat! (makes 48 mini-muffins. For regular size, bake for approximately 20 minutes – makes 12)