Condensed Milk Blueberry Muffins

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I adore summer. Being a gal from the south, I love the heat, the humidity (yes, I even love the humidity) and pretty much everything about summer. Summers in New York are also great because of the lack of bugs, all the great city activities, and the abundance of sweet summer fruits!

As much fruit as we eat, I wish I could say we’re part of an awesome fruit share from a quaint farm that I personally know and love, but this year we’re not. I realized I’m not the best fit for joining a CSA due to irregular schedules and my need for choice in produce. In fact, I purchase a significant amount of our fruit from Costco. Yes, I know they don’t always have organic options, but right now my family’s priority is saving a buck or two, and Costco helps us do that.

So what does one do when left with an extra pound or so of blueberries that you can no longer force your husband to eat more of? I suppose I could have made a pie, but I chose to make muffins since I also needed breakfast options for the week.

I changed up a Paula Deen recipe for these muffins, and I made her recipe even more decadent. How is that even possible? Ha, I made a way. Really, it was out of necessity considering I drank all the milk because I was on a recent Oreos kick. If you don’t know me in person, I’m actually healthier than this post is making me out to be. But I shouldn’t feel the need to justify myself, I embrace my food choices, as should you. In any case, instead of going out and buying overpriced milk in the paltry neighborhood grocery options, I looked for substitutes within my kitchen. And sure enough, I had just one can of sweetened condensed milk left! Perfect.

Since the condensed milk is already sweetened, I omitted the sugar that the original recipe called for. So much for the ultra-decadence I claimed. ;)

These muffins turned out quite perfect, I must say. They had a fluffy texture, were perfectly sweet, and not too dense. They tasted like previous muffins I’ve made with yogurt or sour cream, so I may just continue to use this recipe not out of necessity but by choice for my blueberry muffin needs.

May it be a welcome addition to your recipe box as well.

Condensed Milk Blueberry Muffins
adapted from Paula Deen

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
2 teaspoons turbinado sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy and pale in color. Add in can of condensed milk and continue to beat for about a minute.
4. Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
6. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternating with the milk until well incorporated and being careful not to over mix.
7. Gently fold in the fresh blueberries.
8. Scoop batter into the paper lined muffin tin and sprinkle the tops with the 2 teaspoons sugar.
9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
10. Makes about 12 generously sized muffins.

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Persimmon Mochi

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I often wonder how my blogger friends do it. Juggle all the responsibilities they have in life with managing a successful blog posting beautiful and creative material frequently as well as keep up socially with friends/culture/news. And working out? Sigh. I’ve tried to do it all, but I know I can’t. I don’t think man or woman was created to do it all, but that doesn’t stop us from trying.

So what have I been up to lately? I’m going through a transition at work due to an exciting acquisition, I’ve been cooking and baking using old recipes, and I finally finished roughly 10 months of deaconate training. Yes, this Sunday I will be installed as a member of my church’s Deaconate Team. It’s crazy because I initially didn’t want to accept the nomination. I didn’t want the title because I enjoyed serving as I had already been doing. But I was challenged by the elders and deacons to consider the accountability and responsibility that comes with the title not as a burden but as a means to grow in my faith. Blimey. Couldn’t argue with that. So I said yes to the training, and now, 10 months later, I do feel God calling me to this position. I learned so much through the training process, and I’m sure I’ll learn even more by serving alongside a great group of people. I’m definitely looking forward to it.

This persimmon mochi fits in with the thought I started with. It never amazes me when bloggers consistently produce new baking or cooking material. I post a variation on another recipe, and I feel so unoriginal. But in the end, it’s still part of my journey in experimenting with recipes and applying tweaks here and there. I added in a cup of persimmon puree to my butter mochi recipe, and here’s what came out. I couldn’t make up my mind about adding in spices until after it was already in the oven, so I dusted the mochi with cinnamon and powdered sugar for added flavor. Fortunately, the mochi recipe turned out well, and I’m happy to share it with you now.

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Strawberry Goat Cheese Tarts

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If you’ve never had strawberries and goat cheese together, you are missing out on something magical. Now, if you happen to be allergic to strawberries (sorry sis!) or don’t have an affinity to goat cheese, then you may want to skip out on this post. I discovered this flavor combination back in 2008 at the Top Berry Luncheon where I first met food bloggers like Yvo. I loved the strawberry goat cheese tart served there, and I’ve been wanting to make these ever since.

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Apple Crisp

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Happy Friday, y’all! I’ve gotten feedback that my recipes here are way too elaborate and involved for the average baker. Considering my posts have been mostly Daring Bakers’ posts as of late (this post is for you Audrey!), I completely agree with that statement. I chronicle challenging recipes so that one day when I’m a grandmother of old age, Lord willing, I’ll have proof of what my hands were capable of. That’ll show the grandkids that crazy grandma isn’t just making up stories again. About food, at least.

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Peach Cobbler

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Summer has come and gone, and it sure went by fast. My summer lacked the usual baking, due to the very little desire I had to actually turn on the oven. So what did I do? I grilled and I cooked. And grilled. Nothing encapsulates summer better than grilling, right? I’d go into the stories and recipes behind my summer food if this blog were called Talida Grills, but since this is Talida Bakes, I’ll stick with the baked goods.

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