Upside Down Blueberry Muffins

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I am the stowaway this week with my husband. He has a business trip so he is in London doing important things like having meetings and I am in London spending my days running around to museums and trying to score discount theater tickets. It is not very often that I am the one in my family with the most awesome life, but this is one of those weeks.  Next week is Paris where we will spend our days looking for the most tasty things to eat in France to share with all of you.

So, while I am running around across the pond, here is a post I thought you would enjoy. (This post was first featured on the blog Mother’s Niche where I was able to share with Kristina’s readers. She has a lot of fun ideas for new moms if you want to check out her blog.)  I think these would make a fantastic Easter breakfast or would be perfect for your blueberry muffin loving gluten free husband with the gluten free version below. These were very good gluten-free.

This recipe is unique because your kids can help you make. Notice I said, “help you” not “get in your way and drive you crazy.” Cooking with kids is one of those things that sounds really wonderful in theory but is hard to have the patience in practice. But for this recipe, your kids are going to actually make the process easier for you, or at least not harder, as you make these delicious blueberry upside down muffins.

blueberry upside down muffins

I made these muffins a few weeks ago and then have repeated the recipe since because I actually had fun cooking them with my kids. It wasn’t stressful, but enjoyable because there are enough jobs in this recipe to keep even a toddler busy. I believe that good little cooks make good little eaters. It’s important to me to get my kids cooking so they will grow up enjoying healthy food and be adventurous eaters.

blueberry upside down muffins

Now, before I start cooking with my kids, my mindset has to change. If I start my cooking experience thinking “I am doing this for the reward of having a good eater one day,” I will not get as stressed as if I am thinking, “I need to make these muffins perfect in 30 minutes to deliver to a friend.”  I made these with my older kids, seven, ten and eleven and then again with just my two and a half year old. The older kids did actually help and sped up the process. The toddler wasn’t quite as useful, but his help did outweigh his hindrance. This recipe is adapted from The Art & Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet, a must have for serious bakers.

Here are the ingredients you are going to need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3/4 stick butter
2/3 cup buttermilk
zest and juice of one lemon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 pint blueberries, about one cup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons brown sugar

(If you are cooking these gluten-free, add 1 teaspoon of xantham gum and 2 total teaspoons of vanilla. You also need to substitute your favorite GF flour mix for the all purpose flour. My favorite mix was one cup of Bob’s Red Mill all purpose GF flour and one cup of Mama’s Coconut Blend All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour.)

First you need to zest and juice your lemon. I own a toddler-safe juicer, so I had my toddler juice the lemons for me. If you don’t own a juicer, an older child might be more helpful here.

blueberry upside down muffins

Next, butter your muffin tin. Make sure to get the butter evenly spread around the tin, inside the individual muffin cups and on the top of the tin or these muffins will stick.

Now the fun part: creating the “upside down” part of this glorified breakfast food. Put  1 1/2 teaspoons of brown sugar into each muffin cup and pat the brown sugar into it. My ten year old was able to measure out the brown sugar and dump into each muffin cup. My two year old was able to pat down the brown sugar.

blueberry upside down muffins

Take 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and pour it over the brown sugar. My seven year old did this all by herself.

blueberry upside down muffin

Add one layer of blueberries to the bottom of each muffin cup. My older kids did this by themselves, but when I made the muffins again with the toddler, we dumped the berries in together and practiced counting. (And yes, he found his sister’s nail polish and I painted one of his fingernails. But doesn’t it match the berries?!)

blueberry upside down muffins

Now it’s time to make the batter. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat melt the butter with the lemon zest. When the butter has melted, remove from heat and stir in the buttermilk. When the mixture has cooled to room temperature stir in both eggs and the vanilla.

While you are waiting for the butter mixture to cool, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl. (My kids like dumping, and stirring. I try to be nice when a few tablespoons of flour jumps out of the bowl and onto the counter.)

Make a well inside the dry mixture and pour in the butter/egg/buttermilk mixture.  Stir until there are no flour streaks but a few lumps is fine. Don’t over mix the muffins.

Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 -18 minutes. The muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean. If you are using a dark tin, these will cook faster. Check after 12 minutes.

When the muffins have cooled for a minute it’s time to get them out of the muffin tin. First loosen the edge of the muffin with a butter knife. Next, place a large baking sheet over the top of the muffin tin, grab the tin and the baking sheet and turn the muffin tin upside down onto the baking sheet.  Say a little prayer, and gently hit the back of the muffin tin with the back of a butter knife to pop out the muffins. The muffins should pop out upside down onto the baking sheet.

blueberry upside down muffins

blueberry upside down muffins

Even though these don’t look like your typical blueberry muffins, my toddler eats it right up because he helped make it. I hope that cooking experiences like this will help him be more confident as he explores new tastes.

blueberry upside down muffins

Upside Down Blueberry Muffins
 
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More of a small cake then a glorified breakfast food; gorgeous and delicious. (If you want these to be gluten free, add one teaspoon of xantham gum and increase the vanilla to 2 teaspoons. My favorite flour mix was using one cup of Bob's Red Mill GF all purpose flour and one cup of Mama's Coconut flour blend.)
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Recipe type: Muffin
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ stick butter
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ pint blueberries, about one cup
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
Instructions
  1. First you need to zest and juice your lemon.
  2. Next, butter your muffin tin. Make sure to get the butter evenly spread around the tin, inside the individual muffin cups and on the top of the tin or these muffins will stick.
  3. Now the fun part: creating the "upside down" part of this glorified breakfast food. Put 1½ teaspoons of brown sugar into each muffin cup and pat the brown sugar into it.
  4. Take ½ teaspoon of lemon juice and pour it over the brown sugar.
  5. Add one layer of blueberries to the bottom of each muffin cup.
  6. Now it's time to make the batter. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat melt the butter with the lemon zest. When the butter has melted, remove from heat and stir in the buttermilk. When the mixture has cooled to room temperature stir in both eggs and the vanilla.
  7. While you are waiting for the butter mixture to cool, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  8. Make a well inside the dry mixture and pour in the butter/egg/buttermilk mixture. Stir until there are no flour streaks but a few lumps is fine. Don't over mix the muffins.
  9. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 -18 minutes. The muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean. If you are using a dark tin, these will cook faster. Check after 12 minutes.
  10. When the muffins have cooled for a minute it's time to get them out of the muffin tin. First loosen the edge of the muffin with a butter knife. Next, place a large baking sheet over the top of the muffin tin, grab the tin and the baking sheet and turn the muffin tin upside down onto the baking sheet. Say a little prayer, and gently hit the back of the muffin tin with the back of a butter knife to pop out the muffins. The muffins should pop out upside down onto the baking sheet.

 

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    • Sorry for the late response Nancy! I’ve been out of town and not as quick as I’d like to be to comments. I would be a little bit worried about frozen since the blueberries sit at the bottom of the muffin tin and I’m worried it might get too watery. Did you try it? Did it work? If it was me, I’d wait until blueberry prices start dropping.

    • I haven’t tried it, but that substitution usually does work in baking. I’m partial to butter since it helps to make such a fluffy crumb, but if you are watching out for fat, apple sauce is a good substitute.

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