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Blueberry Muffins

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As a family we first ate a muffin on the quayside of Granville Island, Vancouver, in 1989, on our first big trip as a family to the States and Canada for a wedding. Everyone fell in love with them, and when they arrived in the UK as US-style coffee shops appeared it was even better. Blueberry ones seem to be the favourite but raspberry or chocolate ones come in a close second. Below is a recipe I found in a magazine – not sure which one – but they work really well.

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:
12oz/325g Plain flour
6oz/175g Caster sugar
½tsp Salt
2tsp Baking powder
½tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Punnet of Blueberries
2tsp Poppy seeds
2 Eggs
200ml/8fl oz Whole milk (any milk is ok)
100ml/4oz Vegetable oil
1 lemon juice and zest

A 12-hole muffin tray and tulip muffin cases are needed.

Preheat oven to 180C/350F Gas 4 or 170C Fan Oven.

1. In a mixing bowl mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and poppy seeds.

2. In a measuring jug, beat the eggs before adding the milk, oil and lemon juice and lemon zest.

3. Add these to the dry ingredients/fruit and mix well but quickly, as the lemon and the raising agents start to work.

4. Divide evenly between the muffin cases.

5. Cook in the centre of the oven for 20/25 minutes approximately, checking after 15 minutes to make sure the tops are not burning

6. Check they are cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean.

Leave to cool and enjoyed warmed before eating. They freeze well.

Enjoy!

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Jubilee Baked Blueberry Cheesecake (Gluten Free)

I’m not sure the exact relevance that a baked cheesecake has to the Jubilee but we were making this at the weekend for everyone to enjoy during the bank holiday celebrations.

We have been making this recipe in the family for over twenty years and once, an American friend told us ‘it tastes just like an American Cheesecake’, which is always a great compliment 🙂

This is the best baked cheesecake recipe I have tried to date and I know everyone who tries it will love it too!

Serves 8

Ingredients:
For the Biscuit Base...
100g/4oz Gluten free digestive biscuits
50g/2oz Butter, plus extra
25g/1oz Plain Chocolate, broken into pieces
For the Filling...
500g/18oz Ricotta Cheese
Grated rind of 1 Lemon
Juice of ½ Lemon
2 Eggs
100g/4oz Caster Sugar
Seeds of 1 Vanilla pod
350g/12oz Blueberries
1 tbsp Gluten free plain flour

1. Make the base: butter a loose-bottomed 8in round cake tin.

2. Crush the biscuits until fine (use a rolling pin).

3. Melt the butter and chocolate in a small bowl over a pan of hot water.

4. Stir into the biscuit mixture, then spread over the base of the tin and chill.

5. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

6. Put the cheese into a bowl and add the lemon rind and juice, eggs, sugar and vanilla seeds; beat to a smooth batter.

7. Toss blueberries in flour, then fold into the batter. Pour over the base and bake for 35 minutes or until just set. Turn off oven, leave door ajar and leave to cool.

8. Chill for a few hours or overnight.

Amaretti biscuits (gluten free) can be used instead of digestives. This can also be made with Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blackcurrants and Cherries (stoned).

Enjoy!

For Jessica x