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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Welcome sweet friends to Natasha In Oz! Thanks for stopping by and visiting me in my little corner of the world Down Under!

I'm sure many of you have already read or heard about Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook, My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness or if you are in Australia, Notes From my Kitchen Table: Delicious Recipes for Healthy, Happy Living. If you haven't I really think you should have a look at it-it's fabulous!  In the book she shares personal stories about her relationship with her father and how he inspired her to cook. She also shares stories about her own family life and tips on what to include in your pantry. I haven't been able to put it down and when I find a good cookbook I read it at every opportunity I have!

I've been reading in the lounge room....

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz

I've been reading it in the den...

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz


I've also been reading it in the kitchen....

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz

I've been reading it in bed....

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz

And, I've even been reading it in the bath!

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz

The book is appealing in so many ways: the photos in it are warm and inspiring and there are lots of great healthy recipes that don't sound boring and bland, like these yummy Fish Tacos.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz
House and Home

I was particularly impressed by her mother's recipe for Blueberry Muffins. In the book Paltrow says,

The best ever! I grew up eating my mother's perfect blueberry muffins-they set an unbeatable standard-just the right balance of tart and sweet.When I was pregnant with my daughter, 
I asked my mother to make them for me all the time. 


Now, I really wanted to make these muffins as soon as I saw the recipe but I discovered that I had used all of our frozen blueberries! I did have some frozen cranberries,though, and since the flavours are meant to be a balance of tart and sweet I though it might just work...

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz

And work they did!
The muffins were absolutely delicious!

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz

They were moist, sweet and they were eaten and enjoyed by everyone in the family within a couple of days! Lucky they are relatively healthy!

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz

So, if you are thinking of making some muffins this weekend, do give these a try, I'm sure you will love them!

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz

Blythe's Blueberry (or Cranberry!) Muffins

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup/125g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 eggs (preferably organic)
1/2 cup/125ml milk (I used 2%)
2 cups/225g unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup/175g plus 1 tsp sugar, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups/300g fresh blueberries (or cranberries!)

PREPARATION

Heat oven to 375°F or 190°C. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk butter, eggs and milk in a bowl. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in another bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients; fold in berries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups; sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp sugar. Bake until muffins are golden brown and a skewer comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Best eaten warm!

Gwyneth Paltrow's Blueberry Muffin Recipe, Natasha in Oz

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I hope you can come back to visit on Tuesday to hear my latest favourite song at my Tuesday Tune post.

Best wishes and happy weekend,
Natasha In Oz 
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