Sunday, August 9, 2009

Alberta's Blueberry Muffins

The Burrill family was headed by Richard O. Burrill. He was a Customs Officer for much of his working life. They were sent all over the border areas of Maine. They lived in Coburn Gore on the border with Quebec(Fred picked up a wicked French Canadian "accident" to use in jokes whenever he wanted). They were in near the Million Dollar View of Orient, Maine on the New Brunswick border, Limestone, near Loring Air Force Base and finally in Houlton. Having spent so much time in the Wilds of Maine, you can bet that Blueberries were regular fare when in season. I am amazed when I visit my sister in Lakeville, Maine at how many Blueberries there are there. Both high bush the size of hazelnuts along her lake shore and the smaller berries in the thickets. Where else would someone make great Blueberry Muffins and perhaps throw a few into the Griddlecakes found elsewhere in the site.

1/2 cup sugar
1/6 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup berries
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder

Method is missing on this recipe, but I used my Fanny Farmer method to try this out last night.

I used muffin cups for mine, so the pan was no problem. I would normally reserve about half a cup of flour and use it to coat the blueberries before mixing them into the batter. This recipe says specifically not to do that. Butter a muffin tin.
Mix together all the dry ingredients. Mix all the wet ingredients separately. Add the wet to the dry and mix only till everything is just moist. Do not try to make a smooth batter! Pour into cups about 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes.

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