Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Blueberry Muffins look pathetic!

Somehow, I am not able to bake very well.  You look at the pictures and tell me how pathetic my blueberry muffins look.  My hubby said they taste good and I have to say they do.  They are very fluffy too but then, they just don’t look inviting:(  Please tell me where I go wrong.

I found this recipe on the web and the person who submitted the recipe is Coleen.  This is a good recipe, it is the baker here that did a lousy job.




Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg

Method:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.

To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp nutmeg.  Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

39 comments:

  1. I don't think your blueberry muffins look pathetic at all. They look grand. :) Thanks you for sharing and I look forward to more of your posts.

    - Anthony

    www.vincentbakery.wordpress.com

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  2. No they don't! They look fantastic!!

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  3. Taste is all that matters! It's what's on the inside that counts :)

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  4. They look REALLY tasty to me! I love the crumbly aspect of it, especially the crumbles on the top. Sounds delicious!

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  5. It looks gd & delicious to me ;)

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  6. Your muffins turned out great! I'm not really a fan of streusel topping because it covers the spots of blueberries at the top of the mixture. Maybe that's why you didn't find them as inviting?

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  7. I think they look perfectly good. What do you think happen? Maybe the oven was a little too hot and made the muffins collapse a little?

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  8. When it comes to home cooking, I really don't mind the look. I just go for the taste. Your muffins look fine and delicious to me. I love desserts with blueberries. I will eat all :D

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  9. Your muffins don't look that bad :) besides with blueberries even most delicious things look .. let's say.. worse than they taste :)

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  10. I really don't think it looks pathetic at all. Very pretty!

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  11. looks nice enough la. Not pathetic at all.

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  12. You are crazy! That crumb topping...they look delicious!

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  13. I don't care so much as long as it's yummy. :P

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  14. I think that they look pretty great!
    If it makes you feel any better, I just screwed up a pot of caramel candies, so now we have caramel gunk! Tastes good, though! =D

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  15. They're rustic looking. Like those country style muffins. Has more character than those perfect ones we see in the stores. Don't be upset. They most important this is that they taste great!

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  16. they look very earthy and friendly to me--will love to devour them;

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  17. hey, i think those muffins look good and extremely yummy! at least taste wise *thumbs up* for it (: not at all pathetic (: is totally normal because they have crumbles on top. perhaps you can try not to fill too much batter and when you spoon, pay a little attention that those blueberries are not at the side or bottom as they tend to "explode" upon baking and it'll stick on your muffin cups which makes it a bit messy. that's what i tried. hope that helps a little (:

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  18. Not all baked goods need to look good - it's the taste that counts! And I bet that recipe tastes just lovely!

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  19. Blueberry muffins looks good, I think you to have fill the batter in muffin cup only 3/4 th so that while baking they will plumps and come to top. not overflowing. that is my suggestion.

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  20. You make me want to make some blueberry muffins for brunch tomorrow. These look so good. Your photos and blog is just lovely. Will be checking back in often. Thanks

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  21. Anthony: Thank you for your kind words. I hope you will always find something you like on every of your visit.

    Belinda, Rachel, Jessica, Cathy, Tiffany,Mary, Medeja, Small Small Baker, Small Kucing, Diane, Little box, fitchocoholic, Priya, Dimah, Joanne, NEL, C & C Balery: Thanks so much for telling me my muffins are okay and you guys are right, the taste is more important than the looks.

    Jackie: I followed the temperature on the recipe but that's a good point. Maybe the next time I bake at 5 degrees lower and see how it goes. Thanks!

    The Sweetylicious & Swathi: Thanks for the advice and you both are right, I did put too much batter.

    Nicole: Nice to meet you and you made my day telling me that you will return to visit me. I am excited to share my cooking experience with you and exchange views and ideas.

    To all my dear friends: Have a beautiful Sunday and hope to chat again soon.

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  22. Jajaja, do not worry, you think that your blueberry muffins do not look inviting,but if they testa good, that is what count!!! I have gone to restaurant where the food look wow!! and when you taste them is not that good. If you are not happy how they look just keep trying...
    Regards
    www.mrgiftcateringservices-trinidad.blogspot.com

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  23. I love the crumbly topping and the purple berry juice! Im sure they are delicious.

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  24. i thought they look good! blueberries + muffins is always winning combination :)

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  25. Quay Po,

    You are too hard on yourself. They don't look bad at all. I only wish I could make muffins like that. Plus, as long as they taste good, that's what matters most to me. Presentation, just like beauty to me, is only in the eye of the beholder ;-)

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  26. I think they look lovely... If you are talking about the batter overflowing from the muffin cups, maybe you can try to fill the cups to 80% full.

    I also read that if you don't want your blueberries to sink to the bottom of the pan (if you are using a big pan), you can coat the blueberries with flour (sift away the extra flour) before adding to the batter.

    Hope that helps! :)

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  27. The ingredients sound good and they get all chewed up anyway so if they taste good I guess that's the main thing.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  28. They don't look pathetic at all!

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  29. I don't know, they still look pretty delicious to me! I would definitely eat them...all!

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  30. So glad you stopped by my blog, lovingrealfood, and left a message. I want to learn to cook Chinese food, or any asian cuisine. So, I'm following you around for a while, if you don't mind.

    And for the muffins, they look great.

    Most commercial chefs have food stylists setting up photos of their foods. Stylists touch up and add color and fluffiness as needed. Home cooks just cook.

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  31. Actually, I think they look great! (But I'm a huge fan of blueberry muffins and probably wouldn't know any better.)

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  32. I don't think they look pathetic! They look a LOT better than I thought my "panless" muffins would look...but hey...it's really all about taste, right? :)

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  33. Lauren,
    Thanks for dropping by and check out my muffins. Like all my other blogger friends, you are right, taste is more important. I wish you a wonderful week.

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  34. sometimes the "rustic look" is good. I personally like muffins that are not perfect. I look forward to following your blog and seeing your recipes. Check out my recipes on Tuesdays at http://craftylifeandstyle.blogspot.com.I have some Asian food recipe on there check them out, and leave some feed back. I am just getting into cooking Asain food, but not the western version, I really want to learn hoe to cook authentic Asian cuisine. Have a great day and good luck with your cooking. It looks great.

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  35. Chef Donovan: Nice to see you again. Thanks for your comment. Checked out your post on the beef and brocolli and left a comment. Wow, you can even speak mandarin, I am impressed!

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  36. You are always your own worst critic. Look great to me and ultimately taste is what really matters.

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