Make Blueberry Muffins from Scratch or Take a Shortcut

On several blogs, we’ve talked about similar recipes – one made from scratch and one that gets a head start with a convenient muffin mix. The recipe you choose may be determined by your cooking skill or simply the amount of time you have that day.

Homemade Blueberry Muffins

Today I want to share with you a recipe for Homemade Blueberry Muffins. Although it requires measuring out a few ingredients, self-rising flour actually simplifies this recipe. If you happen to have fresh or frozen blueberries, you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

This recipe is made by the easy classic muffin method:

  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir only until the dry ingredients are moistened

The batter will be slightly lumpy, but that’s OK. Overmixing makes the muffins tough.

Blueberry White Chocolate Macadamia Muffins

For our shortcut recipe, I’ve chosen the delicious Blueberry White Chocolate Macadamia Muffins. It’s simple – make the mix according to the package directions. Stir in white baking chips and salted macadamias. Bake muffins according to package directions.  Let cool completely and drizzle melted white chocolate over the muffin tops.

If you want to make muffins from scratch with white chocolate and macadamias, you may certainly add the chips and nuts to the scratch batter and drizzle with the topping as directed in the muffin mix recipe. With either recipe, you’ll have delicious muffins for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.

Pecans: A Gift to Southern Cooks Do you say Puh-kahn or Pee-can?

For generations, the pecan groves that sweep across the South have provided cooks with a wonderful ingredient to use in their holiday baking. If you are lucky enough to have a tree (or a generous friend with one), all you need is a nutcracker to reveal the treasure within.

Of course, pecan pie is one of the most beloved holiday dessert recipes. Some bakers enjoy the whole creative process of making a pie from scratch. Others like to take a few shortcuts to get an equally delicious finished product.

For purists, a homemade pecan pie is a testament to the way simple ingredients come together to create a classic. The filling is easy to stir up, but depends on good pecans to give it distinction. I personally think it’s the slightly salty flaky homemade crust that perfectly complements the sweet filling and makes the whole pie delicious.

A unique alternative to a homemade pie, is a bar that reflects the attributes of the pie, but is simple to make and easy to serve or share. You will be amazed at the crust a chocolate chip muffin mix makes for these Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars

Whether you love to bake from scratch or prefer to take shortcuts, the recipients of your efforts will always appreciate the time and care you took to bake something special for them.

Martha White® Pecan Pie

Martha White Pecan Pie
Martha White Pecan Pie

Martha White® Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars 

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars
Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars