It’s Sunday tomorrow. What will you be having for your breakfast? Will it be a late morning affair after a lie in? Maybe its the one day of the week when you and the rest of your household all sit down together. Sunday is special.
Bacon and eggs, pancakes, toast and marmalade, maybe a croissant or two. They will all make for a fine Sunday breakfast but I have something different in mind this week, something which takes little effort but really sets the day apart.
In the supermarket there were blueberries at a very reasonable price and a muffin packed with little bursts of fruit is perfect for a different but luxurious breakfast. If it is accompanied by some yoghurt sweetened with a spoonful of honey its a happy day indeed.
The idea of making cakes at breakfast time might not fill you with glee but the simplicity of these little bundles of joy means that you can knock up a batch in less time than it takes you to make a decent bacon sandwich and then all you have to do is pop them in the oven and have a cup of coffee whilst the kitchen fill up with the alluring aroma of cake.
First you add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl
Then in a jug mix together the oil, eggs, melted butter and vanilla essence. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix in as few strokes of the spoon as you can so that the mixture is just combined with no visible slicks of flour. It will be lumpy but thats exactly what we want. Add the blueberries and the mixture is done.
Ideally you’ll have some little paper muffin cases. I didn’t so I improvised and tore bits of baking parchment and pushed them into the muffin tin. It works well, looks fancy and saved me a trip to the shop. Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and pop into a pre-heated oven at 180/Gas mark 4 for around 15 minutes or until a skewer pushed into the middle of one of the muffins comes out clean.
There’s another reason that I like these muffins aside from the fact that they taste delicious which is that making something, or more precisely, baking something for the people you love is special. When you were a child and your mother made a cake it was a good day indeed, right? If she ever made cakes at breakfast time you were a very lucky soul. I imagine that those that are special to you deserve to feel that lucky don’t they?
220g Plain Flour
110ml Vegetable Oil
110ml Melted Butter
130g Caster Sugar
2 tsps Baking Powder