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Heartwings Love Notes 897 - Muffins for Fall

Heartwings says, "Eating seasonally is good for the body."

To my delight, the rarely seen wild blueberries appeared in our supermarket. Most of the year they are only available frozen, and while these are adequate for use and tasty, fresh is better. The muffins in my recipe are easily made with either. I do not recommend making them with the regular large blueberries as these take up too much room in the muffins to begin with, and as they cook, are apt to collapse and leave spaces in your product.

Muffins are very easy to make and I have made them from scratch for many years. Do not expect your homemade product to resemble the large, cakelike muffins from a bakery. To my taste these are overly sweet and as well often contain preservatives and other ingredients that are not necessarily good for you. The secret to successful muffins lies in how they are put together. When made with melted butter they must be stirred gently together and not beaten. When made with oil, there is usually no problem with the mixing.

To make 1/1/2 dozen or so muffins, preheat oven to 425. Use the silicone baking cups if you can find them. Unlike the paper one they do not stick to the muffins. Greased muffin cups work too of course. Assemble the following dry ingredients in a medium bowl: 1 ½ cups flour—I use gluten free, 1/2 cup sugar,1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, 1/2 cup almond flour. Stir together and add 1 cup small wild blueberries—fresh or frozen. Measure ¾ cup milk into a 2 cup measuring cup. Add 2 eggs, ¼ cup light olive oil OR ¼ cup melted butter. Mix well and pour over dry ingredients.

If using butter, mix gently. If using oil, mix well. Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes or until they are nicely browned and spring back when poked lightly. Tip muffins up in the tin to rest until slightly cool, then serve with or without butter or other condiments. The almond flour helps keep them fresh for quite a while and adds a fine tenderness as well. Ovens may vary, as will cooking times. These are very tasty. You can also make a corn muffin variation by omitting the blueberries, using 1/4 cup almond flour, ¾ cup regular flour, and 1 cup medium grind corn meal. Add ½ or more cups fresh or cooked corn cut from the cob.

May your Fall recipes prove nourishing and tasty.

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Tasha Halpert

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