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Sunday, 8 September 2019

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - HUCKLEBERRY FINN



Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain's greatest creation, next to (it's a very close-call) Tom Sawyer. I think Finn wins out in most people's imaginations now, because as well as being a cheeky chappy and a free spirit, he is also the fellow traveller of runaway slave, Jim - even though, on close observation, we know he led him on a strange journey past the free states. But let's not dwell on that, for the intentions were good, as were Twain's. Geographically, if not biologically, blueberries and huckleberries are interchangeable, although not the same, but were both native to Mississippi. 

So, let's give Huck a very modern treat...

                  BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Makes 4 but can easily be multiplied

75g blueberries
35g butter
50g sugar + an extra 2tsp for dusting
80ml sour cream
1 egg
1/2tsp vanilla extract
2tsp baking powder
100g plain flour + a little extra

Heat oven to Gas 4/ 180°C/ 350° F and put 4 cases in a muffin tin.
Melt the butter and place in a bowl with the flour, sugar, sour cream, baking powder, egg and vanilla extract.
Use a hand whisk to mix all together to a smooth, fluffy mixture.
Coat the blueberries in the remaining flour (to stop them sinking to the bottom). 
Then add them to the mixture.
Spoon into the muffin cases and sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top.
Cook for about 25 to 30 minutes until golden and risen.

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