I don’t think I’ve made any secret of my shameless obsession with muffins. Most particularly extra big, super soft, SUPER sweet muffins from Starbucks.
In the spirit of true confession though, really I love everything about Starbucks.
I love the smell from outside (Is it fake? Is it real? Whatever – it makes me want to move in). I love the mediocore coffee. I love the way the staff are always so friendly (Good recruitment? Fear of getting fired? Do I even care?). I love the cute red cups. I love the fancy seasonal coffees (although, admittedly, the only one that’s drinkable is the Pumpkin Spice Latte). I love ordering my drinks extra hot, with extra foam, and in the big cup even though I’m only having the medium size (important anti-spilage tip guys!)… and then being looked at like nothing is more fun in life than meeting my sureptitious demands. I love always being able to pay with a card so it doesn’t actually feel like I just spent nearly half a tenner on a hot drink. I love the total 100% conformity (even though, theoretically, I’m this real liberal at heart).
Most of all though I LOVE THE TERRIBLE QUALITY RIDICULOUSLY HUMUNGOUS BAKED GOODS. I love, love, love them.
And that’s really my only excuse for posting this recipe.
Now, honestly, I have been wanting to make this blog somewhere I post only healthy recipes.
Okay, only semi-healthy recipes.
Okay definitely NOT consisting virtually soley of sugar and refined flour’ recipes.
You know recipes that are at least somewhat synonomous with nutrition.
Obviously, I’m deviating from that theme.
BUT I do have my reasons… and basically the posting of this recipe was the result of long chain of internal thought – regarding everything from muffins to Mumsnet – which went a bit like this…OMG!!! I finally made muffins as big chewy, soft and generally delicious as Starbucks!
Finally- 5 million tries, 2 lost weekends, various bizzare hours stalking the Mumsnet recipe forums at 1am – I did it! Time to share!
But ….they aren’t very nutrition friendly…
So?! I can’t even bake that well – and these really are good! These are the ONLY homemade muffins I’ve ever had that can hold a candle to Starbucks. EVER!
Yeah, but does anyone else even eat Starbucks muffins anyway… I mean seriously - Emilia meet tacky!
OI – I may be tacky – but at least I’m logical. 5 million franchises I can’t be the only one! Besides, yeah Starbucks ones are tacky, but they’re tacky because their full of crap. These at least are homemade without preservatives etc…
But, you’re selling these as a breakfast food. Are you completely hypocrticial? You know how people need protein and fibre and general goodness, to set them up for the day and stop them flipping out at 11am.
Yeah, I KNOW, but sometimes you just WANT A MUFFIN. These freeze really well so people can just do what we always do and have them for breakfast on Monday, and then go back to their usual yogurt breakfast for the rest of the week .. no damage done..
WHATEVER… first of all, like you always do that, secondly …
EMILIA!!!!Just post the dam* recipe!!
No-one ever died from eating a muffin for breakfast, or even if they did it all week long.Besides, no-one but YOU eats yogurt and prunes for breakfast ANYWAY.
Or hardly anyone.
And if they do, they’ll just ignore your junk food – but, ahem, as good as Starbucks – baked good recipe anyhow.
Stop talking to yourself about muffins.
Just Like Starbucks; Homemade Blueberry Muffins
8 Big Muffins
Okay, these aren’t totally exactly like Starbucks. I still haven’t mastered the art of getting the domes quite as high; I believe you actually need special equipment. In my mind they’re as close as you’ll come – and, by virtue of being slightly smaller – they are slightly less terrible for you. They’re also slightly less sweet and use less refined sugar; again no bad thing. The key to getting the perfect texture is using the self raising flour and baking soda and NOT overmixing. Overmixing will give you cakes. If you fancy making them a bit more decdant, sprinkle some sugar on top before serving.
Nutrition: 340 Calories, 8g Protein, 9g Fat, 57g Carbohydrate of which 23g are Sugars… 2g Fibre
Nutritional Highlights: Um …..