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  1. Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Grammy McCarthy’s Blueberry Muffins

    After writing about Grammy McCarthy’s brownies last week, I feel like I have to write about her blueberry muffins, too! Just like the brownies, she always has a batch ready for us when we visit. And whenever we make them here at home two things always happen:

    1. I have fond memories of time with Grammy and Grampy. Sure enough, the other morning as I was re-heating a few for our breakfast, I was immediately transported to Grammy’s kitchen.
    2. Cate constantly begs to eat more muffins. And when I say constantly, I mean CONSTANTLY. The girl is obsessed. And rightly so. They are darn good!

    So, here you are everyone, Grammy’s treasured Blueberry Muffins. Enjoy!

    Grammy McCarthy's Blueberry Muffins
    From Mary McCarthy, Nate’s beyond-lovely grandmother
    Recipe type: Dessert
    • 1½ cups flour
    • ½ cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • small ½ teaspoon salt
    • 4 tablespoons butter, cold cut into small pieces or softened to room temp
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup milk
    • 1 cup fresh blueberries
    1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Work in the butter with a fork or pastry blender until well mixed. Whisk egg and milk together in separate bowl, then add to dry ingredients. Carefully fold in blueberries. Sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 mins. Makes appx. 8-9 standard-sized muffins.
    2. To reheat muffins the next day, but in a low oven (200 – 250 degrees) for 10-15 minutes or so. Take them right back to that perfect straight-out-of-the-oven moment. If you’re pressed for time, heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, then put in the toaster oven for a few minutes to “crisp” the outside up a bit.

  2. Wednesday, October 29, 2008

    Raspberry (or Blueberry) Sauce

    I love raspberries.  They were on sale this week, so I couldn’t resist grabbing a couple little containers.  They were still kind of expensive, but worth every penny!

    I made some sauce/syrup out of them and it was mighty tasty.  Here’s my recipe!

    Raspberry (or Blueberry) Sauce
    Recipe type: Sauce
    • 1½ cups raspberries (one of those 5-6 oz containers) -OR- 1 C blueberries (I’ve only ever used fresh fruit for this recipe)
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • ⅓ cup water
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    1. Bring to a boil. Lower heat. Simmer for a bit. That’s it! Refrigerate leftovers.
    If you want to thicken it up (which you probably do, the raspberry syrup was a little thin, but it still tasted awesome)”¦you can sub some of the sugar for karo syrup and/or add a little cornstarch to the water. I’ve always just sort of done this off the cuff. If I ever actually pay attention, I’ll provide measurements for you.