Quiet Time Plain Muffins

Eat blueberry muffins when you have someone to talk with.
Eat plain muffins when you just want to sit quietly and think.

I’ve been making these all week. Suggestion: add a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the flavor.

What you need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, or 2¼ cups pastry flour, sifted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon  salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (or 2 medium)
  • 8 tablespoons butter or oil

What you do
1. Turn on your oven to 204°C (400°F) and prepare your favorite muffin cups (silicone, paper cup liners, or butter and flour…what do you use?). Skip the oven step if you are making microwave muffins.

2. Melt the butter, then set it aside to cool. Don’t let it solidify.

3. While the butter is cooling, in one bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. In another bowl, combine the milk, egg, sugar, vanilla and butter.

5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly add the liquids.

6. Mix together…but don’t overmix. Can you count to 20? That’s how long you want to mix the batter. It’s okay if you see a few clumps of flour. Magic in the oven makes the clumps disappear.

7. Let the whole thing sit for 5 minutes. Just long enough for you to clean up and for the various ingredients to meet each other.

8. Pour the batter into your muffin cups and bake according to the muffin cup size.

9. Poke something in the muffins (not your fingers, please) to check if they are done. A dry center means you can take the pan out of the oven.

10. Try to let the muffins cool, then take one and curl up on your favorite chair and enjoy the quiet.

[Shhh….thank you!]

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