The perfect Blueberry Muffins

MMM! Blueberry muffins and fresh fruit is my favorite start to breakfast.

MMM! Blueberry muffins and fresh fruit is my favorite start to breakfast.

Shall we chat about my current obsession with blueberry muffins for a bit?

Really… that’s what it is.  I must find just the right muffin. It must be perfect.  I am sure my family no longer gets excited when I say, “Taste these and tell me what you think.”  I confess, I have been preparing muffins instead of dinner for several days now.

Is that a bad thing?  Blueberries, after all, are a supper food.  So… blueberry muffins, by default, are a health food.  I mean, I am serving them dinner full of anti oxidant, right?

What makes the perfect blueberry muffin?  Blueberry Muffins must not be like eating cupcakes with a few blueberries.  They must not be like eating purple scones.  They must be sweet, but not too sweet; must taste the blueberries, as well as the cake; must not be purple; not too dry, not cakey, and not too sweet.

Is Perfection too much to ask?

Perfection was found.  Sweet and light, but not like eating a cupcake.  Blueberry, but not like a pie.  Golden brown, and not purple.  Just how a muffin should be.   The perfect recipe was found in The Joy of Cooking.   I should have known; one of my go-to resources for tried and true good food.

A well loved cookbook, covered in goo

A well loved cookbook, covered in goo

My Favorite Blue Berry Muffins

Preheat oven to 400*.

Grease a light-colored muffin tin.

Melt 6 table spoons of butter.

Whisk together: 2 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.  gently fold in 1 cup of blueberries.

In a separate bowl, whisk together: 2 large eggs, 1 cup cream, 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar, 6 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Combine wet and dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix.

Use a scoop to portion out batter into muffin tin.

Sprinkle with Coarse, raw sugar.

Bake about 15 minutes.  let cool a few minutes to set and then remove. Serve warm.

adapted from the Joy of Cooking , All About  Breakfast & Brunch.

A peek behind the kitchen door of a South Eastern Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

Finally a chance to sit and reflect over the past travel season of the Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast.  And what a season it was.  Guests ask the most interesting questions.  Thought I would take a few minutes each week to answer some of the more intriguing questions.  Want to join in?  Follow on FB and I will make every effort to answer your questions.  https://www.facebook.com/Hamilton.House.

Why an innkeeper????

I don’t recall when the  idea first blossomed.  I seem to have always been planning “My Inn.”   I have always had a passion for creating an environment of peace and comfort for those around me.  Food being a big part of that, I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking up “love” for my friends and family.  Being born a Hoosier, Hospitality is in your blood.  Being the only girl and the oldest of five children caring for others comes naturally.  Life presented an unexpected opportunity for me to live my dream, so here I am tending to the details of your romantic get away.

It has turned out to be a wonderful lifestyle that allows me to live my passion while being a stay at home Mom as well as a business woman.

Why Whitewater????

Adapted from Wikipedia's WI county maps by Bumm13.
Image via Wikipedia

While researching the perfect place to begin our adventure in Inn-keeping, we stumbled across Whitewater on trip from Minnesota back home to the Chicago suburbs.  We drove past this grand old home that needed a little loving attention and I knew this was the home away from home for our guests.

Whitewater, Wisconsin provides a great balance of small town atmosphere with the  convenient access to big cities as well as the added benefit of being so close to natural resources. University of Wisconsin at Whitewater brings theater, art and youthful energy to the community. Kettle Moraine State Park Southern Unit provides quiet hikes  and challenging bike trails.  The short drive from Madison, Milwaukee or Chicago is just right for a quick weekend escape.

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