It can’t be helped. Christmas nostalgia is hitting me. But before I start crying for help or digging into a chocolate box or turning the DVD on Love actually, I headed to my mom’s cookbook (which is falling to pieces) and decided to bake some of her famous muffins and post it right away to make sure the recipe gets passed for coming new generations and hopefully doesn’t get ignored in amongst “pinteresting” millions of equally famous muffins. She would probably like to see her recipe being repinned thousand of times… or probably just twice (my sister and I).
Actually the fact that these muffins were famous only for my sister and I is not important :). The truth is, there were not such things like muffins in Brazil when I was growing up. Nobody had heard about them but my mom was baking them ahead of her time. She would make my dad go to down town Sao Paulo and get her the latest edition of Ladies’s Journal Magazine, every month. It was her pride and it was where she got the recipe from. She loved everything about North American culture, starting and ending with muffins, fascinated with how North American women were functionally more independent, although she has always had a house helper herself.
No muffins tins either, she had to improvise individual tins that I helped her grease.
Just noticing now how many muffins recipes I have posted compared with other things… hummm, maybe not a coincidence. Actually maybe that was my mom’s intuition to prepare me for my future life when I would eventually move to Canada, gotta be familiar with muffins!
Ok, being realistic, these muffins are plain, basic and dull, however they are pleasantly not too sweet and are great with coffee.
Ok, not being realistic, they are the best muffins ever, omg! wow, you have to try them today!
Since my nostalgia is not getting any better after writing this post I am heading to the muffins tray I have in front of me, enjoying the comfort of having a bit of my mom’s presence in a time when missing people you love is not corny or dramatic, it is worth a toast, with a thank you for the best muffins ever.
12 small muffins
2 cup all purpose flour (or 1 cup all purpose and 1 cup whole wheat flour)
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbs sugar or sugar substitute
3/4 cup milk, buttermilk or yogurt
2/3 cup butter or margarine melted
3/4 cup raisins or cranberries
1/4 cup strawberry jam
Pre heat oven to 350F.
Mix the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine egg, milk and butter.
Add the wet mixture to the flour one, stirring gently, do not over mix. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins. Gently press the centre of each muffin creating a small circle for the jam and spoon 1 tsp in each muffin. Bake for 20 min.
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!
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