Okay, so if you follow me on Twitter you'll probably already know that I baked today! I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to learn to bake this year, and I added it to my list of resolutions.
So, it being Easter Sunday, with all the shops being shut and there being not much else for me to do, (that's a complete lie, I have so much I need to do, but this was the perfect way to procrastinate..), I thought I'd get my Mary Berry on!
I'd been reliably informed by Hazel (Hazel Jane) that muffins were the perfect place to start when baking, as they're quick and simple, and not much can go that wrong. So, after a quick google, I found a recipe and some instructions and went shopping last night because, well, how else am I going to spend my Saturday evening than in Asda..?
I decided to go with blueberry muffins. It's Easter, there's more chocolate around than ever so chocolate chip muffins weren't taking my fancy this weekend, although normally these would be my definite go-to. In fact, I bought chocolate chips anyway, they were just there on the baking aisle, so I well, I bought them...
Hazel was right, this recipe couldn't be simpler, and uses the following ingredients;
110g/4 oz plain flour
110g/4 oz butter
65g/2 1/2 oz caster sugar
2 free range eggs
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
125g/4 1/2 oz blueberries
According to this recipe there are only 3 steps to making muffins, one of which is to put the things in the oven. This can't be that hard, right?
The first thing to do is to simply mix the sugar and the butter together, then slowly add the eggs, mix for 3 minutes, and add the flour and baking powder, however, I kinda just mixed them all together at once and it seemed to work! I think.
I then left the cake mixture in the fridge for about an hour. (I have NO idea why you need to do this. The instructions told me to, so I just did...)
Then all you need to do is spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and fill the cases until they're just over half full, before adding a handful of blueberries to each one.
(Please excuse all the sugar in this photo... there was a bit of an explosion. Whoops.)
All that's left after this is to whack them in the oven, pre-heated to 200°C, for 20 minutes, and watch them rise!
Now, I don't think I've baked anything since food technology classes in about Year 8, and to be quite honest, I wasn't entirely sure how well this was going to go. In fact, I even bought myself some ready made muffins just in case mine didn't turn out quite right. I still wanted some muffins at the end of it!
But, this was actually so simple! It really surprised me just how easy these were to make, and they actually ended up coming out okay! And do you know what, I actually had A LOT of fun making these.
I'd also forgotten just how yummy cake mixture is!
I think I'm definitely going to be googling some more recipe's soon. Unless you guys have any you would recommend?