Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Too-Easy Blueberry Muffins (Donna Hay)

Have you seen this 5 minutes-video showing how Donna Hay making these too-easy blueberry muffins? It is true that these muffins are super-easy to make. Although the ratings of these muffins are not perfectly 5 out of 5, the simplicity of this recipe are too hard for me to resist to bake these muffins.

Everything that I need to bake these muffins are common ingredients available in my fridge and pantry and I can bake these muffins whenever I want. However, I like to highlight that this recipe is not suitable to bake with chocolate chips and dried fruits. The addition has to be either fresh or frozen juicy fruits, and preferably, blueberries in this case. You will see what I mean, based on the chocolate chip muffins that we have baked...

Too-Easy muffins? Too-difficult to resist!

easy blueberry muffins Donna Hay
Too-Easy Blueberry Muffins
My son was excited at first helping me to line the mini muffin tin.
The common ingredients plus my favourite, vanilla bean used to make these muffins
Making the muffin batter
We MUST NOT forget this zesty addition!
The addition of blueberries has worked well for this recipe...
... but not these chocolate chips ??? (and we didn't know that!)
Sprinkle demerara sugar before baking...
After baking...
These blueberry muffins are moist inside... Yum!
... but the chocolate chips ones tastes like scones to us!
Thumbs up? ... Yes but only for the blueberry muffins!!!

My poor boy was actually feeling a little disappointed that his chocolate chips muffins are not moist enough for his "fussy" taste... We are not feeding our waste bin with these scone-like muffins and this is what we do to enjoy these not-so-moist muffins:

1) We ate them with chocolate frosting!
2) We ate them with milk!
3) Still not happy? I crumbled them, mixed them with cream cheese, rolled them up like balls and dunk them into melted chocolate to form cake pops! Thumbs up, now? Yeah!

Not-so-moist muffins? Crumble them and transform them to cake pops!
Here's the recipe from Lifestyle
(with my modification and notes in blue)

2 1/2 cups (375g) self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar

(reduced to 120g and this sweetness is alright for us)
1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil

(I used rice bran oil)
1 egg
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
(I used vanilla seeds from 1 vanilla bean) 
300g fresh or frozen blueberries
(I have used 100g frozen blueberries to make 1/3 of the recipes)
Our addition - lemon zest from 1 lemon
 granulated sugar or demerara sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) (or 160°C fan forced)

Place the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. 

Place the oil, egg, milk and vanilla in a separate bowl and whisk to combine. 

Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients (plus lemon zest) and mix until just combined. Add the blueberries and mix to combine. 

Spoon mixture into a 12-hole 1/2-cup capacity (125ml) muffin tin lined with paper patty cases. 

Sprinkle the tops with sugar and bake for 30–35 mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Remove from tin and cool on a wire rack.

Note: Using this recipe, I have baked two versions of muffins.

100g of frozen blueberries were added into 1/3 of the muffin batter and 200g of Callebaut chocolate callets (with 54% cocoa) were added into 2/3 of the muffin batter. With this amount, I have baked 4 standard-size blueberry muffins and 24 miniature chocolate chips muffins.

The blueberry muffins were baked 160°C fan forced for 30 mins and the chocolate chips ones were baked for 15 mins.

Happy Baking

Please support me and like me at Facebook...


  1. Hey Zoe! I baked these muffins before. Real easy peasy. Good for kids and beginners.

  2. Hi Zoe , the muffins is easy and I can stir up a batch in no time flat , thanks for sharing :)

  3. Hi Zoe! The blueberry muffins are gorgeous! I wonder why the choc chip ones are not as good.

  4. I made these once and as you say its super easy to make

  5. Hi Zoe,
    Nobody could resist Blueberry Muffins! Looks yummy!

  6. I like the "paper" cup in the first photo!

  7. Hi Zoe
    I especially love blueberry muffins and indeed they do stay moist because of the blueberry juice. So, would you source for another recipe to experiment for chocolate chips muffins? Hope your next bake wont disappoint your son.

  8. Wonder why the chocolate chips version didn't work? I reckon the blueberries add extra moisture?

  9. so cute! so cute!!! i love your little muffin-top~ i had seen so many blueberry recipes floating around recently and have successfully resisted from buying blueberries to bake the muffins... but now seeing yours... arrrgghhhhh!!!! *feet rubbing feet* cannot control anymore

  10. Great recipe, photos and post. Hope all is well with you. Patty

  11. they look divine, zoe. like something you'd find in a cafe xx

  12. Zoe, may I have one please :-)

  13. Hi Zoe , these muffins looks yummy and a must try , thanks for sharing :)

  14. Me too have baked these muffins but without blueberries........Itz really simple and easy......Nice post Zoe.....Your clicks are so beautiful.......Ya...thumbs up :)

  15. I like your version of the recipe. I have frozen blueberries and I'm ready to go!

  16. Zoe, your muffins always looks delicious! This one I love the shoot on frozen berries and the cute little thumbs up!

  17. Wow!! Zoe these muffins look so delish...would love to try some..

  18. These look great Zoe! We love blueberry muffins and it's always good to have an easy recipe like this on hand :)

  19. Zoe, another rockstar post. I love Donna Hay and I love blueberry muffins. Wish I had one of these now to enjoy with my afternoon coffee! xo

  20. These muffins look great Zoe, nothing like moist muffins...yum!
    Have a great week :D

  21. Zoe I love these look amazing!!! I love when kids help lol
    My daugther now want to bake ALONE and know she is more old now but not always know all lol

  22. So sad the muffins didn´t work with the chocolate chips, but they and the blueberry muffins look pretty though.

  23. It's good to know that there are a few options out there to help in finishing the muffins. I haven't made muffins for a long time now, I think.

  24. Thank you Zoe for your encouragement on my blog. I will continue my attempts in cooking :D You have a great blog here. The muffins looked so delicious. Happy baking!!!

  25. Darn ! I made cheesecake last weekend and used up my 500 grams of frozen blueberries :P Gonna check out Donna Hay's books at library , she seems to be one of your fave :D Love the muffin liners and of course , those pretty delicious muffins !

    Hope Kit will lurk here later - Hi Kit lol

  26. This looks fantastic! I have always wanted to top my muffins with sugar, but I didn't know what kind to use. I'm off to get some demerara sugar ;)

  27. I don't think you can have a recipe that's too easy! Although all things considered, I'll trade some extra effort for more flavor. Love blueberries in a muffin -- these look great. Thanks.

  28. Yay for delicious blueberry muffins!