Category Archives: Lemons

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

I really should of been a baker. Not a fancy sort with funky icing designs, or cake too pretty to eat sort of baker, but a practical, every day healthy food consumption kind of baker.  Stop at my little corner bakery on the way to work for your breakfast to-go.  I could do it.  Maybe I should do it…

Sixteen years ago when my son was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies (peanuts and tree nuts) I started paying attention to ingredients in food. Up until then I had the grab and shove in cart mentality.

That many years ago there wasn’t a large variety of peanut/nut free foods or even strict allergen listing requirements that is available today. So, if my child was to enjoy a cookie, or a muffin or at that point, bread, I had better get the baking ingredients out and get’er done.  Besides, I started to notice this food in EVERYTHING called ‘Soy’ and labeled in many different forms. Soy lecithin, soy flour, hydrolyzed soy, soy soy soy. After much research into the world of soy, we avoid all soy in this home and if you buy anything premade/boxed etc., you will more than likely find it in the ingredients list. Anyways, this post isn’t about the deteriorating ingredient list in foods, its about super refreshing delicious Lemon Blueberry Muffins.

When it comes to blueberries and baking, the type matters. The small wild blueberries, won’t give you the blue bleed. The taste of biting into a juicy blueberry isn’t as prominent in the small blueberries, so I recommend Blueberries. You can use wild blueberries, just not my fav when it comes to baking.

If you are lucky like us, you will have a Mennonite Blueberry Farm around the corner. I can pop in anytime of year and grab a bag of frozen big juicy blueberries.

Chances are you can buy blueberries in your local area in the late summer when it is in season. The good things about this farm is they don’t use pesticides or harmful treatments so you can just plop them in a freezer bag and have on hand all year around. No washing. (Fantastic for smoothies too).

I also got a wonderful gift recently from a friend who went to Mexico and brought back vanilla.  The good stuff!

Like most of my recipes they have happened by accident and the measurements are my critiquing over time. Ok, here we go.

Side Note: I never advocate for the use of margarine in my baking.  It has a different outcome and really, if you are using margarine, do yourself a favour and don’t.  Seriously, don’t believe all the crap the agencies tell you.  Hydrolyzed anything and soy is not for human consumption!

Ingredients

1/2 cup melted butter
2 large farm eggs
3/4 cup of milk
1 cup of organic cane sugar
2 cups of blueberries (frozen is best for the addition to baking)
Zest of 2 organic lemons (zest of anything should be organic to avoid crop sprays)
2 tsp of vanilla
2 cups of AP flour, plus more for blueberry dusting
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt

See that ingredient list?  Wonderful!  Okay, lets get ready to bake!

Preheat your oven to 375 – I use convention oven, but any oven will do.  Line your muffin tray with paper cups.

In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix.

In an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, add your melted butter (room temperature so you don’t scramble your eggs), vanilla, sugar, milk and mix until all incorporated.  Add in your lemon zest.jUNE 2017 058
(yup, those are pretty blue eggs from a friends farm)

Put the frozen blueberries into a bowl and cover them with flour and make sure they are all dusted.

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After your wet ingredients are all mixed well, add in your dry ingredients slowly with mixer on low.  Let it mix for 1 minute on medium speed.  If your batter looks too dry don’t be afraid to add a splash of milk to get the desired texture seen in the picture.  Some flours, especially depending on age, can be more dry than others.  A bit more milk never hurt anyone.

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Remove bowl from mixer stand.  Add your frozen flour dusted blueberries (not all the flour in the bottom of the bowl, just the blueberries) to your batter.  Fold the blueberries in gently.

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Once completely mixed, scoop into lined muffin tray.  Fill them up!

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Put the trays in your preheated oven.  Turn 1/2 way through cooking.  Watch your muffins as they can easily overcook in the matter of 2 mins.  Then you’ll have dry I need a drink of coffee kind of muffins.  Look for a bounce back when gently pushed in the middle to see if it is done.  Cook for 15-20 mins depending on your oven and elevation.

Remove from tray immediately and place on a bakers rack to cool.

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Bakers tip:  Baked foods always continue to cook for a few minutes while cooling.  So its OK to pull from the oven when JUST done, that extra minute you would wait in the oven, let it do it on the counter.

This is such a great ‘summer’ muffin that can be enjoyed at anytime of the year.  The lemon is fresh and the blueberries are juicy!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Homemade Organic Mint Green Tea Lemonade

Well, it’s been a while since I have posted. I’m so busy it’s really hard to find the spare time.  I have plenty blogs started with good intentions but time really isn’t on my side to get them finished and posted.

As I write this In my screened in room, I can hear the chickens clucking with pleasure as they nibble on their watermelon and the ducklings are splashing like teenagers in the kiddie pool.  The ducklings aren’t even 3 weeks old yet and they’ve been free ranging for a few days already.  You can’t keep them in the pen and feel good about it that’s for sure!! They find mud puddles, get filthy and hit the pool and swim and play.  I’m not sure you can ever have too many ducklings.  Anyways, on to my post topic.  The teas of summer…

I love fresh brewed iced teas. Passion and green teas chilled are my favourite. To makes our own really is a money saver and definitely a healthier option than most premade versions you’ll buy in the stores.  Often one of the first ingredients is fructose glucose.  By making your own, you can control the sugar, no fructose glucose, no colours, no *natural flavours added, and you can tweak it for your personal preference.

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the herbs in your garden and your infuser. If you don’t have an infuser I’m sure floating the ingredients will result in the same great taste. Infusers are great for keeping the solids out of your drink once you pour into a chilled ice filled glass, although some people don’t mind the chunks.  I don’t like mint. Typically. I love it in this tea though.

Recipe:

3 jars approx 1L each (mine are 946 ml. Glass jars. Close enough eh?!)
3 tea bags of organic green tea
1/2 cup of raw organic cane sugar
1 organic lemon cut into cubes (see pictures)
Mint leaves cut up (it’s a personal

imagePut water on to boil in kettle. Split the 1/2 cup of cane sugar between all 3 jugs.
When water has boiled, add to top of each jug. Once filled, add tea bags and set aside to brew.

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Cut up lemon and mint.

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Put lemon and mint into infuser.

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Let the tea brew and cool for approx. an hour. After an hour it will still be warm, likely, which is how I prefer it. When the warm tea is added to the jug with the infuser I find the flavours are steeped more into the tea for a more robust taste.

Chill and enjoy.

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*natural flavours added to foods, are really just a synthetic group of ingredients added to the food to enhance flavours.  The FDA has allowed these synthetics (chemicals) to be grouped under this one bullshit manipulative title … Really, true natural flavours aren’t an ingredient list.  That’s all I’m saying before I head off on a rant!