Muffin Base Recipe

I have a great recipe for you today. It is the base for endless muffin creations.  We went blueberry picking on our field trip this last week and I set out to find a great blueberry muffin recipe and ended up making a bunch of different kinds of muffins from one base. This so easy. I often will buy those pre made packs from the store but I won’t be any more.

Master-Muffin-Mix-2-2MUFFIN BASE

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (can substate with brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Master-Muffin-Mix-3ADD-IN IDEAS

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 3/4 cup bananas and 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • zest of 1 orange and 3/4 cup frozen or fresh pineapple

In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix until all dry ingredients are combined.

eliblueIn a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and sugar. Whisk in milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Mixture will be pale and yellow. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix everything together by hand. *Do not over-mix,* which will result in tough, dense muffins. The batter will be extremely thick and a little lumpy.

Very gently fold in  3/4 to 1 cup of mix-in. This time I split my batter in half and made half blueberry and half chocolate chip muffins.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins, filling all the way to the top. I only make 10  muffins so they are all extra full. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 425F degrees for 5 minutes. Keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce oven temperature to 375F and continue to bake for 25-26 minutes until tops are lightly golden. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Muffins taste best fresh the same day. We had them as an afternoon snack and they were kid approved.

Store muffins at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days or they freeze well for up to 3 months.

If you are looking for a fun weekend adventure the whole family can enjoy, I strongly encourage blueberry picking. We found this great place just outside of Rolla, MO where you can pick your own berries for $2 a pound. Brandywine Farms is closed for the season but you can like their Facebook page and will then be notified when they have berries ready for picking next spring.

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This was our first berry picking adventure. so we got a crash course in berry picking. When picking blueberries, the bigger the sweeter. We also learned that you want the berries to almost fall off in your hand while running your hand through the bush. We were also told that for every berry that went in our bucket two were to go into our mouth.
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Their were rows and rows of berry filled bushes. Eli thought it was great running down and then back again.

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Eden was all business about picking her berries. She remember strawberry picking a couple months ago and was all about finding the biggest bluest berries. She was also very concerned that she be “winning” the who picked the most berries contest that she decided we were playing. IMG_5771

She ate very few of her prized treasures.

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But did take a break every now and then to feed her brother. IMG_5753

Once Eli figured out that the rows of bushes contained juicy treats, his interest went from running to sitting near a bucket or bush and eating. IMG_5759

He really wanted to eat Eden’s berries but finally settled for my bucket.
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It is probably a good thing that the rest of us weren’t eating too many because I think Eli ate way more than his share. IMG_5761

Of course we picked one of the hottest days of the year to going picking; next year I will know to go earlier in the year and to get their first thing in the morning. Eden said it was back sweeting hot out.IMG_5775

I think Eden could have stayed all day and picked berries but we finally convinced her that we had enough to last us awhile. I don’t think I mentioned that blueberries are one of her favorite fruits. We ended up with just over two pounds of berries to take home.

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