Wednesday, March 10

Blueberry Gems

Yesterday I posted a recipe for Blueberry Muffins w/ Orange Honey Butter. I'm currently obsessed with those things, and I've been eating them all week, but my husband is currently obsessed with Blueberry Gems. Why? Because he's the Muffin Man, and they are muffins. And because of the buttery-cinnamony-sugarness. 
Don't believe me? See for yourself. See?
I posted a very similar recipe recently, so if it's not blatantly obvious, we are blueberry people in this here household! 

These are not "gems" unless they are made in something that makes them bite sized. You can be creative and even plop a dollop of... uh, not daisy (eww)...batter on a cookie sheet like cookies, but whatever you do, make them bite sized! You're tongue will thank you. Your entire mouth will thank you. You will thank you. 

I used a mini muffin tin. But like I said, use whatever your little heart, er, tastebuds desire. 

Blueberry Gems

  • 3 cups white wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • ⅔ cups Shortening
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
Preheat oven to 350. 

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat sugar and shortening for a couple minutes on medium speed. Add eggs to sugar and shortening mixture, and beat for a about 10 seconds. Add half of flour and beat for a few seconds, then add half of milk, beating for a few seconds. Next, add the rest of the flour and beat, and then the rest of the milk and beat. Everything should be combined. Fill each muffin cup up to the top, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Meanwhile, when you pop them out of the oven, they will look like this:
Just plain ol' blueberry muffins. But not really. It's deceptive, you see. These are whole wheat, and they have less sugar than the regulars. Why? Because first of all - I think they taste better with less sugar, second of all - I never, ever use sugar substitutes, and third of all - we are coating them with more sugar, so it's pointless to add a lot of sugar in the batter.

Now, let's make them more healthy, shall we?

Stuff that makes them "Gems"
2 sticks Butter, melted
1 C Sugar
 3 TSP Cinnamon

Place butter in one bowl, and in another bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar. Dip gems into butter and coat evenly, and then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture, coating evenly. At this point, they look like this:
This one had less cinnamon. 
And this one had a little more. They look prettier with less cinnamon, but taste better with more. 
And really..who cares about appearance, when you have a muffin coated in cinnamon and sugar!


Anonymous said...

I love your new layout---so cute!!!

I am so happy I am not a baker because I would not be able to control myself around those goodies. And when I saw the dollop line, I was praying you weren't gonna say Daisy haha, I always get that song in my head when I see the word dollop!

Maggie said...

My mouth is watering right now! Where did you get that little owl picture on the right? I love it!

Ron (Man_Dishes) said...

Ok, I'm making these this weekend! Do you let them cool off first, or just dunk them right in?

Amy Walter said...

Hey girl, my husband loves muffins. Just the other day he was asking me to bake some since it's been so long since I've baked anything for breakfast. Can't wait to give these a try!!

Piper said...

Shaka ~ Thanks about the new layout! Seems I've been changing it almost weekly, mostly because it's my way of coping with the fact that I can't redecorate my house. LOL

Maggie ~ I can't remember where I got the owl off hand, but if you click on the picture, it'll take you right there. They have all kinds of cute blog extras!

Piper said...

Ron ~ "Man Dishes"? HAHA, Seriously cracks me up! I love it. I do let them cool off first. If they are warm, they'll fall apart in the butter a little. But I must say, heat them back up once they are coated; it's worth it!

Amy ~ I hear ya, I joke about my husband being the Muffin Man. He's obsessed! Who am I kidding, so am I!

shanthi said...

Congrats on being featured in ECs blog. Well clicked. Do visist my blog when time permits.

Daisy Blue said...

Looks lovely..I like the fact that you have made them healthy :P
came over here from EC's budding blogger...following you.

Piper said...

Shanti~ I totally forgot EC was going to post me on her blog. Thanks for the reminder. I am following your blog, and love all your fancy looking cuisines!

Daisy ~ Same for you, thanks for visiting!! I'm following you as well, and am loving your blog! You both have such unique dishes that I'd never even think to make. They seem so healthy but full of flavor!

Kace @ no guts no glory said...

YUMMMM I am loving these recipes on here, these look amazing and I will have to try them!But you are going to get me in a lot of trouble; I'm in a wedding in July and I don't think these are good for my figure :)

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