Thursday, August 26, 2010

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Muffin Goodness

Baking blueberry muffins evokes many memories for me--most about my Mom and when she would bake them for my sister, my Dad and I using a recipe from an old New England standby--"Cooking Down East" by Marjorie Standish.

Printed in 1969, Marjorie Standish had a column called "Cooking Down East" in the Maine Sunday Telegram for 25 years. Having been raised in Maine, I am proud that this volume has been an integral part of my life. One of my most favorite aspects of "Cooking Down East" is that the author writes before every chapter and nearly every recipe about the Maine history attached to the food--and since she was local to the coastal area where I grew up I recognize many of the places that she mentions.

Here is the recipe, complete with a little spill of muffin batter. If you click on the photo you can enlarge it to read the recipe. If you can't read it, e-mail me and I will give you the recipe. The only part missing from this page is that you heat the oven to 425 and bake them for 25 minutes.

I used a Salmon Falls Stoneware muffin plate made in Dover, NH. Though not vintage (it was made in 1999) it always reminds me of New England.

I mixed the ingredients in two of my three favorite stoneware bowls (the third is a mustard yellow and the largest). These were a gift from a friend a few years ago who knew the look I like in my kitchen. They aren't old--I actually think they came from Costco, but they look perfect in my kitchen!

And of course I was wearing my sweet apron!

Here is the batter in the pan before going into the oven. (I used Picnik's Orton effect for all of these photos).

Here they are fresh from the oven! They didn't rise like I thought they would and I am not sure why (they have always risen before.) Thank goodness they tasted as delicious as always!

Mmm . . . and of course they are topped with Kate's Butter from Maine.

Here they are cut open and you can see all of that yummy blueberry goodness!!

They were a hit for breakfast yesterday. James had two! (So did my husband!)

The plate tells the story!

I hope you enjoyed this little recipe today, that takes me back in time to when I was a kid!

Mom, my sister Amy (on the right) and me in our kitchen in 1979.

And if you make them, please come back and tell me how they were!

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  1. WOW! Ur Fabulous! I think I'll tweet how yummy these look:) And I'm sure they taste delightful! I love the cookware. Truly beautiful.

  2. got to know, were they Maine blueberries??
    they look soooo good!

  3. Vic, I adore this cookware! It is actually out on my counter in the kitchen all of the time!

    Flygirl--ACK no! They weren't, but they were from a farmstand in CT which is (almost) as good!

  4. You've reminded me to dust off my family copy of the same book. I grew up watching my mom bake with this book all the time, but my copy does not have the wonderful cover that yours has. Time to go turn through the pages and churn up some memories...

  5. Hi Melissa--thanks for commenting! I do adore Ms. Standish's books--come back and tell me what you made! ;-)


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