Muffins have never been a particular favorite of mine, but as I get older, I find I like them more and more. This recipe was my grandmother's, and is probably one of the best around. Mom makes it all the time. My mother always said that her father's favorite dessert was a simple muffin with sliced, sugared peaches on top. I'd have to agree.
You are unlikely to find a better muffin than this. The secret? Solid shortening cut into the dry ingredients, which many recipes do not have (they call for liquid shortening).
1 3/4 c flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, cut into dry ingredients
1/2 c milk
1 egg, beaten into milk
Combine dry ingredients. Cut butter into dry mixture. Add 1 cup blueberries (or other fruit, or raisins) at this point. Beat egg into milk and pour over dry mixture. Mix gently until combined. Do not overmix. Spoon into greased muffin tins, or paper baking cups. Bake at 400°F about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve as soon as you can handle them, hot from the oven. They freeze pretty well, too.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Dave loves to eat, and cook, and feed his family and friends. Thankfully Dave's family and friends like to eat what he cooks. Dave has achieved the Great American Dream -- suburban banality. He cooks from his modestly appointed kitchen in the leafy suburbs of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, a stone's throw from Philadelphia. Stop by for dinner. Or lunch. Or breakfast.