Blueberry Muffins Which Remind Me Of My Youth

When I was in my twenties, I worked at the Hard Rock Café. We would get to work at 10am in the morning to tidy up from the night before, and set up for lunch. The kitchen opened for lunch at 12pm and closed at 3pm. After this, we could eat and if there was enough time before the supper shift started, I would rush home to spend an hour with my partner. He owned a restaurant and our hours were crazy. I was allowed to arrive an hour later than the rest of the staff for the supper shift – but that meant that I could not eat supper. It also meant that I had to make my lunch count. We started serving meals at 6pm and during the week we closed the kitchen at 1am. On a Friday and a Saturday the kitchen closed at 3am and on a Sunday night, relief was in sight, with the kitchen closing at 11pm. Some night shifts saw me getting home, showering to get the smell of hamburger out of my waist length, very thick hair, and then climbing into bed for a few hour’s sleep. On those mornings, there was no time for breakfast. Thankfully there was a very good coffee shop next door to the Hard Rock, and they made the most amazing blueberry muffins. Barbara, the owners wife, and I would get one each morning to have with the first of our many cups of coffee that would sustain us throughout the day.

So, when I saw the theme for this month’s mingle on Mele Cotte’s blog (cherries and berries) I knew I wanted to turn my hand to blueberry muffins. Blueberries are in season right now, and this recipe seemed like the perfect one to share.

Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Muffins
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Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 215 g flour
  • 5 mls baking powder
  • 0.625 mls bicarbonate of soda
  • 125 mls sugar - I used fructose
  • 75 g fresh blueberries
  • 60 g butter
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 125 mls milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  • Mix together the dry ingredients
  • Gently mix in the blueberries
  • Melt the butter
  • Add the milk to the egg and then add the melted butter
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the liquid
  • Gently fold in until just mixed - you want a lumpy texture
  • Spoon the mixture into a prepared muffin tin
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack

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44 thoughts on “Blueberry Muffins Which Remind Me Of My Youth

  1. What great looking blueberry muffins!! Fantastic job! Blueberries are definitely top 5 of my favourite fruits! Lucky you! Blueberry season has already arrived where you are! Can’t wait for summer to be here, so I can go back to becoming a berry monster!!

  2. I have never made a successful muffin in my life: fairy cakes, yes, muffins, no. I shall take my courage in my hands and have another go after reading that lovely recipe, Tandy. here goes…

  3. I worked at a Hard Rock Café too! It was the first one in Spain (Madrid) and I was a member of the first crew (I have a t-shirt and a pin that say so). But I worked at the gift shop.
    These BB muffins look delicious Tandy and they bring good memories for me too 🙂

    1. I think the gift shop is a better place to work! We didn’t have a gift shop at ours, only the restaurant and the bar and a loot of rowdy customers 🙂

  4. I remember the days of Serving, but never at a cool place like the Hard Rock. Always wanted to work there. Crazy Fun!

    Thanks for participating in the Monthly Mingle with these lovely looking muffins. They’re perfect!

  5. I love blueberry muffins and as I’m pregnant at the moment I’m always hungry and need to eat cakes in the afternoon – these will be perfect!

    1. I don’t have the excuse of being pregnant to eat all the time! I have just read your carrot cake recipe and that also sounds like a great afternoon snack (I read it on my reader so I am not commenting). Have super pregnancy Corina 🙂

  6. Great story – I remember going to the first Hard Rock in London with my first bofyfriend – it felt so grown up! Meanwhile my parents were working the crazy hours you were and my mum was always washing clothes as she hated the smell of “kitchens”! Lovely recipe tandy, the muffins look so good 🙂

    1. Celia, I would go to bed with it wet! I actually got so fed up with it, that I cut it all off – my partner was not impressed 😉

  7. Nothing beats the traditional blueberry muffin – this looks fabulous 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Lemon Polenta Raisin Cookies + Mini Berry Citrus Yoghurt Bundts

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  9. Hi Tandy, just wanted to let you know I made these for the Crazy Cooking Challenge and they were lovely. I’ll definitely be making them again.

  10. Hi Tandy…guess this is my first time here. You have a great blog. Came thru your blog from monthly mingle round up. I love blueberries…bookmarking this recipe,will surely make it soon:)

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