Legal Quandary

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Breakfast in the Quandary House

My inlaws are in town, so I baked muffins this morning. Don't they look good?

These are without a doubt the best blueberry muffins I've had, so I thought I'd share the recipe. The whole wheat flour, oatmeal, cranberries and blueberries also make them chock full o' antioxidants and other nutrients.

This makes 24 muffins. We eat some fresh from the oven, and then freeze the rest.

1 c quick cooking oats
1 c lowfat buttermilk
3 c whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 med oranges
1 c granulated sugar
1/2 c canola oil
2 eggs
2 c fresh or frozen blueberries (but more berries never hurt anyone)
1 c Orange Craisins

Spray muffin tins w/ nonstick spray

Stir oats & buttermilk together. Let sit while you prep the rest of the ingredients.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together.

In large bowl, combine rind from oranges, 1 c of fresh squeezed juice. (You can use OJ from concentrate too, but the flavor won't be as intense as if you use the rind.) Add sugar and eggs, whisk together until smoothly combined.

Add buttermilk/oat mix into OJ/sugar mix. Stir until combined. Blend in flour mixture until just moistened. Add in berries.

Scoop batter into prepped muffin tins. (I use a Pampered Chef large scoop.) Bake @ 400 for approximately 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin (choose one toward the middle of the muffin pan) comes out clean.

The cooling racks are also from Pampered Chef - and I totally endorse those. You can stack them on top of each other, which saves a ton of space if you tend to make huge batches of muffins/cookies/etc or need to cool multiple layers of cake at the same time. For the record, I'm not a PC consultant, but registered with them when I got married. That's why I have a bunch of PC stuff.

Yum! Since I have the feeling the answer to "Will you marry me?" would be no, I'll just say, "Will you adopt me? I'm good at being adopted!" And if you won't do that, will you just feed me? Because that is what I'm really after.
Since neither of our two states have legalized either same-sex marriage or bigamy, I'll have to decline your proposal. Although I'm flattered.

If we ever end up in the same town, E, I'm more than happy to feed you. Or if you visit, I can pretty much guarantee you won't go hungry. But be aware that I'll feel totally free to use you as a guinea pig for any new recipes I decide to try.
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