Literally lovely breakfast it was that morning, a heart shaped muffin (yup, it's a muffin not cake) topped with a scope of mocha ice-cream! Imagine coming down to a table which has been beautifully set with this or even being served in bed (in my case, i will have to be the one serving and not the one being served unfortunately), romantic huh?
The idea came from my little one, he was helping me in the kitchen when i made this. I asked him to help me get some muffin cups, he came back with this heart shaped mini cake pan and suggested using them, reason being it's more environmental friendly, no wastage of the paper cups. I wasn't too sure about baking muffins in cake pans, never done it before. I thought it would not go terribly wrong, at the most it won't rise up so much From the way it turned out, it doesn't look bad, does it?
This was also a healthy treat, orange blueberry yoghurt muffin. Nice fruity flavour and with the addition of yoghurt it was soft and moist, topping it with some ice-cream (also little one's idea) made it even more delish!
Give it a shot, it's simple, all you need to do is a simple mixing of wet and dry ingredients. No beating required as the recipe uses oil. All done within 45 minutes (includng baking time) and i bet it will touched the hearts of the ones being served :)
Orange Blueberry Yoghurt Muffins
Source : Anncoo Journal (adapted from Food for Tots)
Note : My variation in blue, i like it a little less sweeter, but you can stick to original, i think it won't be too sweet either)
- 250g Plain flour (cake flour)
- 3 tsp Baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 120g Castor sugar (100g)
- 2 Large eggs (at room temperature)
- 4 tbsp Fresh orange juice
- 2 tsp Orange Zest
- 180ml Extra light olive oil/sunflower oil (canola oil)
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract (1/2 tsp)
- 160g Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
- 125g Frozen bluerries (1 punnet) (fresh blueberries)
- Sieve flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add in sugar and salt. Mix well. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs, add in yoghurt, vanilla extract, orange juice, zest and oil gradually and mix until it just combined. Be careful not to overbeat the mixture.
- Add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Use a spatula, combine the ingredients with fold in method until they are well combined and no traces of flour. Stir in blueberries and mix well. Do not over-mix the batter. The batter should be thick ("spoonable" not "pourable").
- Use a spoon to scoop batter into muffin cups until 80% full.
- Bake at preheated oven 190C for 20-25 mins.