May 20, 2008

i don't think eb likes blueberries...

They look healthy, right?

(Double-cupped. Doh.)

Brown = healthy.

The thing is, they're not supposed to be brown. Or green. Or green-brown, which is their actual hue, although you can't really tell from these pictures.

Apparently there was some inner turmoil in my muffin batter which resulted in Eb turning what could've been a lovely shade of blueberry into a nasty-green-brownberry. He's a hard worker, that one.

I probably should've followed the instructions a bit more closely, as I see now that they say to mix quickly and spoon into cups. I was pretty pokey about it, and I guess I gave the sourdough starter too much time to interact with the blueberry preserves.

Guess what? The color doesn't affect the taste. They're delicious. There's a bit of that sourdough flavor coming through, but it's not too much and keeps them from being cloyingly sweet. The blueberry taste is there, too. I didn't add any cinnamon(!), but next time I will. A Grace-made blueberry muffin isn't a Grace-made blueberry muffin until it contains cinnamon.

Sourdough Brownberry Muffins
(adapted from this recipe)
makes 32 mutant mini muffins

1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil
1 cup Eb
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup blueberry preserves

Preheat oven to 425F.
Combine dry ingredients in small bowl. Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ones.
Mix quickly and spoon into lined muffin cups.
Bake at 425 for about 15 minutes.
Gasp at resulting color and quickly consume in order to avoid embarrassment.


Bellini Valli said...

I have started adding the bludberries at the very last minute, it even helps if they are avoid the brown dye. But they sure are good no matter what:D

lcsa99 said...

Well at least they tasted good. That's always the first step. Next time you make them I am sure they'll look just as great as they taste too! :)

LyB said...

I'll have to make a sourdough starter at some point, I'm so very intrigued by it, but scared at the same time! Those muffins sound delicious!

noble pig said...

Sourdough and blueberries? Who would have thunk? Not me but it sounds perfect.

nicisme said...

They look lovely and purple to me and I bet they taste good!

Jeff said...

They look fine over here. Actually I am seeing a late night ski mask run over to my brother's house to steal blueberries from his plants.

Sharon said...

I've heard that tossing the blueberries in some flour can help to prevent this problem. I'd still take a big bite of one of these muffins! I like the deep purple color.

Tabby said...

I think they look delicious! Blueberry muffins are my favorite, so I'll have to try these.

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

I bet they taste good regardless of how they look. My muffins (blueberry or not) always look icky. It's all in the taste though!!

ellesnewenglandkitchen said...

They look great! I don't see any green or brown. I wonder if all my colors are off??? hehe.

dessertobsessed said...

"Gasp at resulting color and quickly consume in order to avoid embarrassment." - hahahahaha, that made me laugh out loud! your muffins look great to me; i dont see any green!

Gigi said...

I'm intrigued ...sour dough and blueberries. This sounds like a great muffin combo! You know, sometimes that happens to me as well, but the muffin taste remains the same ...yummy!

Kevin said...

Those blueberry muffins look good! I like the sound of a sourdough muffin.

giz said...

The nice thing about the camera is that Eb can't change what the camera sees - power neutralization factor in effect and he can't change the taste factor...unless you really screw up - You'll still make the Baker's Hall of Fame!!!

ovenhaven said...

I honestly think they look delish! And at the end of the day, what matters is that they tasted as good, right? If you're not too happy with them, you can always send them over! :P

LisaRene said...

That's an interesting idea to use a bit of starter in a quick bread. I had a starter for about 6 months that I received from a Artesian Bread Class. I was never quite certain if my starter was "healthy". Don't tell Eb, but my guy got dumped down the disposal because his unhealthy looking self was taking up too much space in the fridge. I'll have to give a starter another try because I do love homemade bread :)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

They still look good to me! I never would have thought to include sourdough, but that sounds like an intriguing flavor combination

Bobby said...

These muffins look solid! Sourdough and blueberry? Hmm, sounds good to me. I wouldn't worry about the color, they still look great in the pictures.

Emiline said...

I think they look pretty good. There's nothing you can do about those blueberries. Wait- can you dust them with flour? Did I make that up?
I should probably read the recipe again.

I bet the sourdough flavor is interesting. I've seen cookie recipes recently where they use yeast.