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Thursday, October 4, 2012

{Williams Sonoma Crumb Top Blueberry Muffins}

I use this recipe all the time!  Super easy and quick.  You could also sub frozen raspberries for blueberries...hmmm... Maybe next time?
I also sometimes omit the topping, or just lightly dust with cinnamon sugar.

2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground mace (I use nutmeg)


2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 orange, zest of, grated

2 large eggs

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk (I use the buttermilk substitute from this site)

1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Preheat the oven to 375. Have ready one 12-cup muffin pan. Grease 10 of the cups and fill any unused cups with water to prevent warping. (I usually grease all 12).

To make the topping, in a small bowl, stir together the flour, sugars, cinnamon, and mace (or nutmeg). Cut the butter into pieces and, using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

To make the muffins, stir together the flour, sugars, bakng powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest in a bowl.

In another bowl, whisk toghether the eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and buttermilk. Stir the butter milk mixture into the dry ingredients just until combined. The batter should be lumpy. Fold the blueberries into the batter just until evenly distributed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, filling it level with the rim of the cup. Sprinkle each muffin with some crumb topping.

Bake until golden, dry, and springy to the touch, 20 -25 minutes. A cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin should come out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes, then remove each muffin from its cup with a small metal spatula. Serve warm.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

{Chevron Tote Bag}

I made this beauty for a friend , along with the matching little zippered cosmetic bag.
I almost kept it.
It was made with inspiration from this one.
Isn't it cute!?