The Great British Bake Off season is well and truly under way, and having been diligently following the oven based drama for the last few weeks, I thought it was about time I started baking again. And also to enjoy the freedom while it lasts before I have to move back to uni and think twice about those electricity bills and the cost of ingredients.
Besides, I was also becoming a serial ghost pinner on Pinterest and thought it was about time I started attempting some of those inspiring pins and see how it turned out. And I can safely say it wasn’t half bad. Although expectation versus reality did come into play a little bit… that may or may not have something to do with me using the wrong kind of spoon.
I decided to go for Blueberry Muffins because I’ve never baked with fruit before and I had a craving for them, so the choice was set.
This doesn’t have quite the same effect as Sue and Mel but without further ado, ready, set bake!
You will need:
Be warned I usually measure in cups, spoons and guesstimating, mainly because the scales are usually too far away.
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of caster sugar
- 2 heaped teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 a cup of butter at room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla (although I do admit I might have added more…)
- 3/4 of a glass of milk
- 1-2 cups of blueberries
- 2 bowls
Method in the madness:
Step One: in bowl One
- Firstly I always prefer to sieve the flour into a large bowl
- Then add the baking powder and salt.
- Also don’t do what I did and add 2 TABLESPOONS of baking powder, it’s definitely Teaspoons.
Step Two: in bowl Two
- Cream the butter and sugar until it’s smooth. I cheated halfway and used a mixer…however don’t do it too much because it ruins it slightly if it is too watery… I don’t know why but I know it just does.
(Also note to self – don’t get absent minded whilst using the mixer, you might end up lifting it out while it’s still going.)
- In a separate cup/ small bowl, add the vanilla and beat it together with the two eggs. When done, add to the butter and sugar mixture.
- Combine the flour mixture with the butter mixture, alternatively with the milk until it’s just blended.
I prefer putting some of the flour mixture into a mug while I slowly mix the other half so it doesn’t get too much and lump together.
Then put it in the rest of the flour at the end and mix. This comes out smoother and the process is less messy.
- Mix in the blueberries whole.
- Fill 12 muffin cases (or however you prefer to distribute it.)
- I prefer to use an ice cream scoop and teaspoon to get even proportions. With the left over mixture I decided to make it into a hybrid blue cake.
- Bake at around 190 Degrees for 20 minutes
So depending on what you’re familiar with it’s either: 375 Fahrenheit, Gas mark 5 or if you have a fan assisted oven like I have it’s 175 Degrees.)
Enjoy the yumminess! It wen’t well with the Iced coffee I made earlier.
… although for me that was after the cleaning! Actually that’s a good point…do the contestants on the GBBO have to clean up after themselves after each challenge?