steel-cut oatmeal and blueberry muffins

In breakfast on May 4, 2011 at 1:22 am

my love of muffins has been well documented on this blog. one thing i’ve never tried – but have always been intrigued by – is cooked oatmeal in muffins. and since we’ve been all about steel-cut oatmeal recently, when i saw this recipe i couldn’t resist.

the process moves quickly, so start by getting everything ready:

then just barely mix your wet and dry ingredients. you’ll see it’s not perfectly mixed and still lumpy, but that’s because you definitely don’t want to overmix.

then quickly stir in the blueberries, which you have coated with a little flour. there are two schools of thought on this – some people say tossing your berries in flour first keeps them from sinking to the bottom of your muffin/bread/cake. others say that’s bunk.

in any case, they started to turn my batter a slightly unappetizing color, which didn’t go away.

fill your muffin cups. i always sprinkle a little oatmeal on top if there’s oatmeal in the muffin (even though inside is steel-cut and outside is old fashioned, of course…)

oddly, the recipe made more than a dozen muffins, so i baked the leftover batter in a small bread pan.

both turned out well

and here you can see the great texture – hearty and chewy.

the only problem was that the papers really stuck and ripped off a ton of muffin if you weren’t super careful.

perhaps that is why the recipe called for oiling, spraying or buttering the muffin cups instead of using papers. but mine are so pretty…!!


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