Monday, February 9, 2009

Blueberry Muffins

These are simple muffins made with blue berries.I wanted to try the Energ Egg replacer for Madhuram's Egg Replacement Event and somehow I could bring to believe that this could work.I tried it in few recipes,they did not come through,may be its my way of baking,or my slow oven or I do not know.So I decided to try a simple blueberry muffin I had found in a magazine.I actually halved the recipe as I did not want to waste my fruits or flour for that matter,and found that the muffins came out much better than expected.Here they are

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Baking Soda: 1/4
Baking Powder: 3/8 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Sugar: 6 tbsp
BlueBerries: 1/2 cup

Soy Milk/Milk: 1/4 cup +
Vegetable Oil: 1/4 cup
Egg OR Ener G Egg : 1
(Update:
To prepare an EnerG Egg blend in a blender 1.5 tsp of EnerG powder and 2 tbsp of warm water.)
Lemon/orange zest: 1 tsp (optional)

Topping (Optional)
Sugar/Cinnamon Sugar

Preparation:
In a big Bowl,Mix the dry ingredients of flour,sugar,baking powder,soda and salt.

In a medium bowl,whisk together milk,veg oil,zest and energ egg.Make a well into the center of the dry ingredients and por the wet mix into it.Stir until just combined.Fold in gently the blueberries.Overmixing/over stirring will make the muffin sunken in the centre.So limit the no:of times you mix.I found that the batter is not like normal muffin batter,so I added 1 tablespoon of soymilk,thanks to Madhuram's advice.Still the batter was thick,but I decided to go ahead.Also the blueberries will sink into the batter during baking.So you can lightly coat them in flour before adding.I did not as I was in a hurry.

Pour/spoon the batter onto lined/greased muffin pan,optionally top it with more blueberries and sugar/cinnamon sugar.I used cinnamon sugar topping.Bake in a preheated oven at 375F for 25-30 minutes or until a tester inserted at the centre comes out clean.Cool on a wire rack.The recipe mentioned a baking time of 23-25 minutes,but it took 30 minutes for me.The second time I went for 400F an this time it took 20-25 minutes.It could be my slow oven or I am not sure.So start checking from 23 minutes onwards if going for 375F.The recipe yields 5 muffins.

I got Ener G few days ago,I was postponing working with it as I did not know how it will turn.I tried replacing eggwhites with it in a few recipes and found that it did not work.But this time as the deadline was approaching,I wanted it desperately.I tried whipping it in the blender again as per Madhurams advice,and it came out much much much better and closer to perfection.Closer,I said as I am not confident of baking and also thanks to my slow oven.But the taste was perfect commercial.

So Madhu,these blue berry muffins are for you.I will be trying out few more recipes as I have got 2 packets of Ener G.So you can see more such recipes here,hopefully that is.

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