Monday, February 26, 2018

Muffin Recipe | Sense and Edibility Edition

Made with "Love" Blueberry and Chocolate Chip Muffins


I have seen many individuals label their food posts, "Made with Love." What?! Who loves to cook? To be fair,  as a working mother,  I was cooking strictly out of necessity. I would search, "Quick Recipes" on Pinterest. If the total prep time exceeded 15 minutes, I was moving on. That is until recently.... I recently wrote a blog post Magnolia Journal | I Am In Love. In this post I described how much I enjoyed this magazine. I felt like every article touched my heart. The words from one particular article kept running through my head, Dinner: The most important meal of the day. The message of the article was essentially that Joanna's family wanted to stay in for dinner. They wanted to stay in and break bread at their table as a family. During their extremely busy season of life they were in, "table time" was a way to feel grounded and connected with one another. As I read those words, my heart ached a little. My thoughts on cooking are simple, my family has been fed.... I could not remember the last time I had made a meal with love. Have I ever? I am certainly not one to compare myself to others. I find that to be a waste of time. But I am humble enough to learn from others and my heart and mind started thinking.

After doing a little soul searching, I made the decision to make an extreme effort to provide several homemade meals each week. The one ingredient that had to be in every recipe, love! Identifying a problem is important, coming up with its solution, is equally important. My solution, look into my abundant and extremely talented list of friends to find a person who loved to cook. It took two seconds for me to narrow it down. It was like the Lord hit me on the head with the name, Marta Rivera Diaz. I let out a sigh of relief. I had found my real life Joanna Gaines. Let me tell you a little about my beautiful and talented friend, Marta....

Marta is magnetic and magnificent! She is combination of Audrey Hepburn and Joanna Gaines. I remember the first time I met Marta like it was only yesterday. We both attended PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel) at Fort Bliss. She had created these amazing cakes for one of our events. I was in awe! During our time at Fort Bliss, Marta ran a bakery from her home. My son, Owen, would beg me to take him to Ms. Marta's to claim some of her delicious breads and sweet treats! Her bake goods not only nourished Owen's body, but his soul too! The look on his face when he would take the first bite of bread, can't be forgotten. Luckily, Marta had given me the tool to duplicate that look on Owen's face. I happened to have that tool right on my bookshelf. Oh yes, I have forgotten to mention that Marta has a cookbook, TASTE&SEE COOKS. She also has a captivating blog, Sense and Edibility . Her recipes, stories, and photography are captivating. I know, I know, She is AMAZING!

I pulled out my copy of Taste and See Cooks and started thumbing through the pages trying to channel my inner Marta. My fingers were drawn to her muffin recipe. My thought process..1. It seemed like a basic recipe to begin with, 2. I had all of the ingredients, & 3. I had blueberries that needed to be used up...Perfect! Now to start baking. I promised myself I would make this recipe EXACTLY as written and make it with a cheerful heart (love). There was even a moment I lost my mind, I had a dry measuring cup in my hand to measure out a liquid. I could hear Marta saying, "for realz Amanda, you better put that measuring cup down." I began laughing and quickly reached for my liquid measuring cup. Following the directions completely, I managed to bake the perfect muffins. I began beaming with pride and quickly called my boys (my husband and Owen) to the table. We enjoyed the muffins and each others company. My heart was happy....


MUFFIN BATTER
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 dozen

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 sticks (6 oz) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
10 oz fruit (about 4 cups, fresh or frozen0 or chocolate chips

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin pan and line with baking cups.
2) In a medium size mixing bowl, sift the flour together, baking powder and soda, and salt. Repeat twice.
3) In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
4) Beat in eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Scrape down bowl and add vanilla. Beat for 5 minutes more.
5) Add sour cream and milk and mix to combine.
6) With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Mix until just combined to avoid overworking the flour's gluten.
7) Fold in the fruit (or chocolate chips) gently. Make sure not to overwork the batter by mixing too much.
8) Fill each muffin cup 2/3 of the way. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched. I find using a Muffin Scoop makes this task easier.
9) Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely.

Find out more about Marta at her website,  Sense and Edibility. Interested in purchasing Marta's Book? Order it HERE.

The stunning Marta!



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30 comments:

  1. The recipe looks very interesting. I am going to try this

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  2. I'm so pleased you found the joy in cooking. The look on my families face and when friends come to eat is everything to me. Check out my blog for lots of recipes which take under 15mins to prep!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! I will be sure to check out your blog!

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  3. Thanks for this recipe. It sounds easy and fun.

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  4. Great looking recipe - can't wait to try!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog!

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  5. oh my gosh these sound delicious! pinning for future use :)

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  6. Yum. Thanks so much for this post. I want more love of cooking in my life too! I feel like I put love in sometimes but I’m always let down by our meal time. The food is devoured in seconds or the kids just refuse to eat. These muffins have given me hope. Lol. I’m very excited to try them! ❤️

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    1. I completely get it! I am trying very hard to make an effort to be a better cook. The struggle is real, lol!

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  7. These look so delicious and so easy to make.

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    1. They were very easy to make and delicious too!

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  8. Oh, this is such an amazing story of stepping out of your comfort zone for the benefit of your family, and in turn yourself. It's an honor to be your friend. Love you!

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    1. Love you! Thank you for letting me write about you and feature all of your amazing qualities and accomplishments!

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  9. I love your writing style Amanda! Its so engaging and personal. Ive subscribed!
    As someone who cant bake Im always impressed by anyone that can! Well done with the muffins!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and Subscribing!

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  10. Great post, Amanda! I can't wait to try these! I love that you don't overload your post with photos of every step and get right to the recipe!

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    1. Thank you for reading! I very much dislike lengthy blog posts, I rarely make it to the end! Thanks again!

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  11. These sound delicious! I love to cook and bake. I dont always have time and do alot of meal prep so week days are easier. My little one loves muffins, I will have to try these.

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    1. My son gobbled these up! I hop your little one will love them too! Thanks for reading!

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  12. I've been craving muffins lately so this was perfect timing to stumble upon your recipe! Maybe I'll have to make them this week :)

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    1. I hope you gave them a try :) Thank you for reading!

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  13. Your post is really lovely! I especially appreciate your thoughts on including love as a main ingredient. I feel this way when I cook, too! So I relate totally to what you are saying! And I am going to try the muffin recipe as well!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! I hope you you were able to give the recipe a try.

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  14. Marta sounds lovely! I love your honesty about cooking :)

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    1. Marta is quite a treasure! I am blessed to have her as a friend. One thing my blog will always be, truthful. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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