Macy’s Fresh Blueberry Muffins (half recipe)

Makes 9 muffins

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cups sugar
1 large eggs
1 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups blueberries
1/4 cup milk
sugar for topping

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and mix to incorporate.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  4. Gently fold in blueberries.
  5. Spoon into paper-lined muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3rds full. Sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Cool in pan.

NOTE: Excellent recipe. Basically the PERFECT blueberry muffins.

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Fresh Strawberry Muffins (6)

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Yield: 6 muffins

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
3/4 cup sugar (or 3/8 c sugar if berries are very sweet)
1 large egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup strawberries
1/4 cup milk
1/8 c sugar for topping
1/2 tsp vanilla extract, almond extract
1/2 tsp lemon and/or orange zest

Instructions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix to incorporate.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Gently fold in strawberries.
  3. Spoon into paper-lined muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3 full. Sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Cool in pan.

NOTE: Tastes great. I wanted to make this recipe because of all the rave reviews (this is the Macy’s Blueberry Muffin recipe made with strawberries instead). It tastes great, is moist and delicious, but.. meh. I think New Englanders are easily pleased. There used to be an old muffin store in downtown Chicago in the 1980s.. they made the best muffins. They went out of business, I forgot the store’s name, but… I am still looking for THAT recipe.

Fresh Strawberry Muffins (12)

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar (or 1 c sugar if berries are very sweet)
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups strawberries
1/2 cup milk
1/4 c sugar for topping

Instructions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix to incorporate.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Gently fold in strawberries.
  3. Spoon into paper-lined muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3 full. Sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Cool in pan.

Cast Iron Popovers (aka Yorkshire Pudding)

Recipe for the Nordic Ware grande pan (makes one panful, six big popovers):

Popovers 1

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix up above while preheating oven to 450 F. Let sit.

2. Pour 1-2 cm vegetable oil into popover cups. Put popover pan into oven to heat up.

3. Divide batter into cups evenly. Be neat, if the batter gets on the side, the popovers won’t rise well.

4. Bake 15 min at 450 F, then 15 min at 350 F.

5. Take out of oven, and take out of pans IMMEDIATELY or they will get soggy.

6. Stab popovers with knife to let out steam.

7. ENJOY!!

HALF RECIPE FOR SMALL SIX CUP POPOVER PAN

For a small, 6-cup popover pan (or three 6oz pyrex custard cups), you need:

  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup unbleached white flour (preferably with the germ)
  • 1/8 tsp salt

I make it in a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup. Preheat the oven to 450°F. While that’s happening, pour ½ cup of milk into the measuring cup and crack in one egg. Beat that with a wire wisk. Add the salt and beat some more. Measure out ½ cup of flour and dump that in. Wisk it together until it’s smooth, then as soon as it’s smooth (no lumps) stop mixing. Don’t overmix it. Let the batter sit while the oven continues to preheat.

If you’re using cast iron rather than pyrex, rub flaxseed oil into the popover cups. At some advanced point when the pan is excruciatingly well seasoned this won’t be necessary, but for now it’s necessary to keep the popovers from sticking and it also serves to add seasoning to the pan. When the oven is preheated, put the popover pan into the oven to heat empty for five minutes. Your popovers will pop higher if the pan is preheated. You do this with oil rather than butter because the butter will burn.

When the hot pan comes out of the oven, put a tiny dab of butter in the bottom of each cup. This further ensures nonstickiness, adds seasoning to the pan, and adds flavor to the popovers. Then pour the batter into the cups – filling only about halfway. Don’t overfill the cups or they won’t pop sufficiently

Put the pan back in the oven, this time with the batter, and set your timer for 15 minutes. At the end of 15 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 350°F (do not open the oven!) and continue baking for another 15 minutes. (If you’re making them in 6oz pyrex cups, bake for 20 minutes at 350°F rather than 15 minutes.)

As soon as they’re out of the oven, pull them out of the pan (they should slide right out), put them on a cooling rack, and stab them with a small knife to release the steam inside so they don’t get soggy.

Jamie Oliver’s Popovers

NOTES: I am going to tell you something. These popovers are so easy to make and so delicious that I am actually investing a specialty product – a Nordic Ware Grande Popover Pan (cast aluminum, max temp 450 F, proper spacing, good reviews). These are great to serve for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, with sweet foods, with savory foods, with all foods, with no food. They look SOOOO impressive, and take next to NOOOO effort.

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Macy’s Fresh Blueberry Muffins

Absolutely bursting with berries, this muffin already has me plotting an extra blueberry-picking trip to Michigan this summer. Jordan Marsh department stores were so known for these muffins, that when Macy’s bought Jordan Marsh in 1996, they served the muffins at their press conference, says Michael Liskicky, department-store history expert. Passed down from a former JM bakery employee , this recipe is the real deal.

Makes

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup milk
sugar for topping
Instructions
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix to incorporate.
Sift dry ingredients together. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Gently fold in blueberries.
Spoon into paper-lined muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3rds full. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan.

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Mustard Rye Muffins

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nigella-lawson/welsh-rarebit-muffins-recipe.html

Ingredients
For the muffins:
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/3 cup rye flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon English mustard powder
Generous 1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain whole-milk yogurt (or greek yogurt)
1/2 cup whole milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
For the topping:
2 tablespoons grated sharp Cheddar

Worcestershire sauce, for garnish

Special equipment: 12-cup muffin pan lined with 12 paper baking cups

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, mustard powder and cheese in a large bowl with a fork. In a large measuring cup, beat together the remaining ingredients. Pour into dry ingredients, mixing lightly with your fork, remember that good muffins are made from lumpy batter.

Pour into muffin cups and cook for 20 minutes, then quickly take them out of the oven and put a little cheese and sprinkling of Worcestershire sauce on each one. Put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes, and then put the muffins on a baking sheet to cool. Eat them while they are still warm but not hot.