Morning Muffins

September 20, 2010

Freshly baked muffins straight from the oven for breakfastโ€ฆstill warm. This is a true delight. I so look forward to the rare morning when I wake up with an urge to bake first thing.


On Sunday morning, the sweet smell of brown sugar, toasty nuts and cooked raspberries filled our apartment, intoxicating me and leaving me positively weak at the knees. The only cure was, of course, to fill my tummy with wholesome muffin goodness.

I did just thatโ€ฆ

It worked a treat ๐Ÿ˜‰

I followed Stephanie Alexander’s recipe for blueberry muffins, which you can find in the bible. I altered the ingredients according to what Ben and I felt like. The result was a half batch of strawberry, walnut and dark chocolate muffins (Ben’s craving), and a half batch of banana, cinnamon and raspberry muffins (my creation). They were really yummy โ€“ very moist and light. Yet I know that I have far to go on my journey towards the perfect muffin. I am yet to find my ideal recipe.

I am after a perfect mix of flavour and nutrition. Many recipes call for far too much sugar to pass it off as a healthy breakfast or snack. I like my muffins to offer up a decent serve of good nutrients, by including ingredients such as nuts or seeds (or both!). I also, unsurprisingly, love to add oats in the mix. An oaty, brown sugar topping is divine – sweetly nutritious. The possibilities are endless, and I find myself a little overwhelmed by them. I do so wish to find that perfect recipe.

I am also after a giant muffin tray, which will allow me to create my fantasy breakfast: a BIG wholemeal berry muffin with a generous, crunchy top (with or without some nuts โ€“ I can go either way). Served alongside some delicious natural or vanilla yoghurt in a glass jar, European style, and a cup of English breakfast tea. Can’t you just picture it? mmmmmm. I seem to be weak at the knees againโ€ฆ

Heidi xo

  • Chanel11 September 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    A giant muffin would be awesome!

    In the meantime I think I'll take a banana, cinnamon & raspberry to go thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • hollypop September 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    wow you eat your muffins fancy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Leah September 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Oh I love muffins, I hope my husband doesn't see this post cause then he will want me to make some!

    Giant muffin tray sounds awesome….I'll take mine with the nuts thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or a sprinkling of muesli on the yoghurt.

    I think people get carried away making muffins, way to full of sugar and butter, 'they are not a cupcake people!'

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    That looks so nice and moist inside! And can I just add that I love travel spoons! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kath September 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Your muffins look perfect! I like the idea to try creative and surprising recipes that are nutrious a the same time.

    I'm still looking forward to baking muffins! When I'm moving in the next days, I'll have a bigger kitchen with an oven in the new appartment, and I'll finally be able to do some baking! Yay!

  • Amy @ cookbookmaniac September 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I'd feel like a spoilt princess if I ate this for breakfast in the morning. This looks so yummy!

  • foodwink September 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Sure I can picture it! The muffins look really good.

    And talking about muffins, my favourite is from a cafe called The Source in Mosman. Their "homemade" berry muffins are amazing.

  • Iron Chef Shellie September 20, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    yum!! i love making sunday breakies special… when i can get out of bed ๐Ÿ˜›

  • onika September 21, 2010 at 8:52 am

    yum!! these look amazing!!!! making me hungry haha i haven't had any breaky yet! thanks for your comment! too funny you're from the peninsula as well – what schoo did you go too? i went to peninsula, finished 2004.
    i'm not surprised you know the people in my photos! i'm more surprised we don't know each other!! the ninsh is like a fishbowl!! haha
    you've got a great blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Heidi September 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Thanks lovely! Yes it is a fish bowl ๐Ÿ™‚ I went to Toorak, finished 2003. I'm eating yoghurt for breakfast and I want a muffin too – shame I'm not at home this week.
    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston September 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I want some….., love, love, love muffins straight out of the oven ๐Ÿ™‚

  • littleaspects September 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Banana, raspberry and cinnamon muffins sound delicious! Would love a copy of your "nutritious muffin recipe" when you have perfected it! It sounds like the ideal breakfast! (and go the oats!!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The InTolerant Chef September 21, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Big muffins are good muffins! Texas pans are the way to go. I agree that the sugar content in most muffins is to high, a bit less is not a problem.

  • Heidi September 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the tip! Texas pans look great xo

  • Anh September 22, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Lovely!! I made a very similar batch of strawberry muffins last night, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ladybird September 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

    MMm… These look berry nice indeed! ๐Ÿ˜›