Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day.
Morning is probably my least favourite time of day. Wake me up in the morning and I have been known to yell, throw things, tell you your mother would be disappointed in you, and later have no memory of the event. Suffice to say I am not a happy lassie before noon. So often it is with confusion and despair that I stare into the fridge of a morning, wanting something delicious but lacking the mental faculties and emotional fortitude to choose.
We once hypothesised a ‘What Should Tara Have for Breakfast’ website, where people could make these decisions for me. I still dream of it longingly.
Fresh, tasty, and easy – these are my breakfast requirements. I love eggs, but breakfast must be quick, otherwise more often than not I will choose a delicious cooked breakfast over a 9am lecture. For the weekday rush, these blueberry muffins are a real treat.
What You Will Need
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
A little bit less than 3/4 cup white sugar
80 ml milk
80 ml vegetable oil
1 - 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
For the topping:
1 tbsp butter
3 tbs white sugar
2 tbs flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
What You Will Need to Do
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C. Line muffin tin with...muffin liners? Patty tins? You know what I mean! I got ten muffins from this batch.
Sift flour and baking powder together, mix with sugar.
Combine egg and oil in a cup measure, top up with milk to make it one cup (roughly 80 mls).
Before you mix wet and dry ingredients, it's time to make your topping. Rub together butter, flour, sugar and cinnamon until crumbly. You might have to tweak the proportions slightly - I always do.
Mix wet and dry ingredients together - gently. Fold in blueberries. Do *not* over mix - your muffins will be tough! No one likes tough muffins! Unless it's a euphemism for sassy old ladies.
Fill the muffin cups, and top with crumbly sugar mix.
Place in oven, cook for around 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
Enjoy early Monday morning with a strong cup of coffee and the following tracks on the headphones:
Blueberry Boat – The Fiery Furnaces
TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
Animal Collective - The Purple Bottle (one of my favourite songs ever, and perfect for that bus/car/bike ride to work)