So, I like to try and keep it mostly upbeat when it comes to these recipe reviews, but about 40 recipes in, and I've had my first flop. Joanna Gaines recipe for Blueberry Muffins from the Magnolia Table Cookbook Vol. 2 is one of those recipes that looks great in the picture but doesn't really turn out that way.
This is one of those recipes that makes all the time I spend cooking and reviewing these cookbooks worth it. I strive to follow the recipes exactly so I can share an honest reaction with you. And while the recipe is pretty simple, straightforward, and tastes good in the end, I am just a stickler for food turning out like it looks in pictures.
I have based my entire blog on showing honest recipes, that might be photographed beautifully, but that showcase real food, exactly as it looks when I make it. This one just seemed to fall short.
I think that I was a little let down because I have LOVED buying these Blueberry Muffins at the Silos in Waco and I guess I was hoping this would be THAT recipe! I'm not sure if it is based on the recipe that the Gaines' sell at their bakery and restaurant, but all I can say is it didn't live up to the one I have enjoyed there.
All of that said, the muffins still tasted great. They were a little extra sweet. I might cut back the sugar just a bit when I make them again because I probably will.
Be 100% sure that all of your ingredients are at room temp before you start. I think that is a major part of the success of these muffins. The batter is pretty thick so having everything warm really helps.
Also, as with any batter, be sure not to overwork the batter so you don't get a stodgy muffin.
Overall, this is a recipe that I think I will make again, but I think I need a few more attempts and a few tweaks to get it to the level I expected.
Until next time, Happy Cooking!
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MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS!
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These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAVE Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic-titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet set or 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This giant vat of olive oil is my favorite, I decant it into a smaller bottle for my counter. Or put this spigot on top of a wine bottle!
My favorite baking dish that is so easy to clean even burnt on cheese slides right off!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
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