How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Blueberry Muffins


4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups frozen blueberries (not thawed!!)

Topping:  2 tbsp sugar & ½ tsp ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder & salt.  In a mixing bowl, cream butter & sugar.  Add eggs, milk, vanilla.  Mix well.  Stir in the dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in frozen blueberries.  Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two-thirds full.  Combine sugar & nutmeg topping & sprinkle over.  Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until muffins test done.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Makes about 2 dozen muffins.

Variation.  Makes a wonderful coffee cake or crumble.  For topping, mix 2 tbsp brown sugar w/ 2 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp flour.  Blend with the back of a fork until butter mixes and it looks like crumbly balls.  Put the whole thing in a baking dish, cover with topping & bake.   

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