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Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 : midnight

A2eatwrite: What's cooking Wednesday? Blueberry/lemon/cornmeal muffins

By Jennifer Shikes Haines

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman (or man) lounging about on a lazy summer afternoon must be in want of a good book, lovely sunshine and some fine refreshment.*

And so I found myself, back from vacation, ready to embrace the pleasures of Ann Arbor summer. I was also in "want" of returning to healthy eating, after a week of cruise ship cuisine (the less said about that, the better).

After about 10 minutes of prep and 25 minutes of cooking time, I was ready to move out to the porch with Shannon Hale's Austenland, my muffin and a cold glass of lemonade.

Recipe follows...

*apologies to Jane Austen A2eatwrite's Blueberry/Lemon/Cornmeal Muffins



2 cups blueberries, preferably fresh 1/2 cup oat bran 1/2 cup cornmeal (preferably Bloody Butcher cornmeal from Jennings Bros.) 1 cup ww pastry flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar (preferably local Michigan beet sugar, available at the PFC) 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda zest from one small lemon 1 cup lowfat buttermilk 2 eggs (preferably from your favorite Ann Arbor Farmers Market farmer) 1 tsp lemon extract lemon juice from half a small lemon 1 tsp granulated sugar for sprinkling

Note: There was a misprint in an earlier version of this article. The ingredients list is correct now.


1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. Spray a 12-muffin pan with cooking spray or an oil atomizer.

3. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients, through the lemon zest.

4. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, then whisk in the buttermilk, the lemon juice and the lemon extract.

5. Blend the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being careful not to over stir.

6. Stir in the washed blueberries.

7. Using a melon baller or other scoop, fill the muffin pan openings as completely as possible.

8. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until golden brown on top.

9. Cool in pan on wire rack for 3 or so minutes, then remove, loosening muffins with butter knife, and continue to cool on rack out of the pan.

Nutritional Info

* Servings Per Recipe: 12 * Amount Per Serving * Calories: 102.2 * Total Fat: 1.5 g * Cholesterol: 38.0 mg * Sodium: 141.7 mg * Total Carbs: 20.6 g * Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g * Protein: 3.9 g

As always, nutrition info supplied by the recipe calculator function at

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Elizabeth Palmer

Tue, Jul 28, 2009 : 7:38 p.m.

I just made these. Totally scrumptious! Thank you for the recipe :)

Jennifer Shikes Haines

Wed, Jul 22, 2009 : 8:54 a.m.

The book is a lot of fun. It's a great "beach" read. I love Jane Austen anything, and I'm a fan of Shannon Hale's as well, so it seemed like a good combination. I hope you enjoyed your trip to the Farmers Market!

Elizabeth Palmer

Wed, Jul 22, 2009 : 8:21 a.m.

Oh yum! Now I have another reason to buy blueberries at the Kerrytown market today. Sounds delicious - the muffin and the book.