Cooking has always been a favorite past time of mine, since early childhood.
There’s something special about making your own treats, giving friends and neighbors a plate of homemade cookies, and providing for your family.
As a Californian mom, I love baking with my daughter and teaching her all the cooking skills I can. On a good day, we have a great time and have success with our recipes. And, on a bad day, we usually still have fun – or at least eat something nice!
Some of our favorite recipes involve tropical foods and spices, so we’ve recently started incorporating tropical ingredients into our baking and cooking adventures together. The fresh tastes of pineapple, mangos and other tropical fruits and nuts can almost be enough to make you think you’re living on the beach!
Well, our latest foray with blueberry macadamia muffins was a great time – in spite of the erred process and especially the aftermath.
It all started when my daughter and her best friend were spending the afternoon at our house. They love getting together and playing dress-up. About a week ago, they had planned a tea party for their dolls. Since I was feeling like baking a treat, I suggested that we make blueberry muffins, but try adding macadamia nuts to the mix.
This recipe is one of my favorites! Macadamia nuts have a light flavor that pairs well with the sweet and tart tones of blueberries, and these muffins bring together all the textures and flavors amazingly so I knew they’d be a hit with the girls.
We started out on a great note. I had two small aprons for the girls and they took turns measuring out the ingredients and mixing the batter together. As we went through the steps, we talked about how to cook muffins and some of their other favorite types of muffins. It might be important to note at this point that both girls have strong personalities and minds of their own which can lead to disagreements and often tears.
However, up to this point, everything was going well. So, when I got a phone call, I felt fine leaving them alone for a few minutes. I stepped into the next room for about five minutes to answer the call and didn’t hear much from the other room. When I got off the phone and returned to the other room, I realized that I’d missed quite a bit.
While I was gone, my kitchen had been covered in muffin batter! The floor had batter all over it and there were large splotches on the wall where it looked like batter had been thrown.
Both girls were absolutely covered in batter – and fighting, silently, with each other. Holding back a big laugh, I stopped them immediately and found out that they were having a minor fight about how much sugar was supposed to be in the batter. Unfortunately, my kitchen had taken the majority of their fight!
I knew that the other girl’s mom was coming fairly soon to pick up her daughter, so I quickly let both girls take a shower and ran a load of laundry.
It was easy to clean up the girls, but not so easy to clean up the kitchen, as I soon found out. While I was busy cleaning up my daughter and her friend and talking with the other mom, the batter was slowly solidifying on my walls, floor, counter, and various other places in the kitchen. After my daughter’s friend had been picked up and I started to tackle the mess, I soon realized it was going to take more than one person to clean up!
So, it was at this point I realized that I had two options: I could either sell my house, or call a professional to help.
Since I’m fairly fond of my home, I went with the second option and called a local maid whose done an amazing job with my house in the past. She came over quickly and made quick work of the mess, turning my messy kitchen into its normal spotless shape. She also got a good laugh from the job, even though I felt completely embarrassed at the time!
After the original mess had been cleaned up, we gave the muffin recipe another try and they turned out great! I did let my daughter help me with them in the kitchen, but I stayed the entire time to avoid any cooking problems. After the muffins were done, she had a tea party with them and our pet cat which was probably safer than the best friend.
If you’d like to share in our baking adventures, I’ve included the recipe below. The sugar measure is clearly indicate, as well.
The muffins turn out best when you use fresh blueberries and fresh macadamia nuts from a local farmer’s market or nut supply company. Although you can substitute other types of nuts, you’ll have the best results by using these nuts since they have a mild, buttery flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients and spices. Use this recipe as-is or experiment with your own variations if you’re feeling adventurous!
We love cooking, even when it doesn’t turn out the best, so best of luck to any mother-daughter baking duos out there!
Blueberry Macadamia Muffin
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups sugar teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour, divided
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup buttermilk tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups blueberries, divided
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup macadamia nuts
- 2 TBS flour
- 2 TBS butter, melted
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 and line a full-size or mini-muffin tin.
- Using a mixer, cream together the sugar and butter. Add salt and in the eggs, one at a time.
- Using a spatula, scrape down sides of bowl to ensure that every ingredient has been incorporated into the mix.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together 1 cups flour and the baking powder. Add your dry ingredients to the bowl, alternating with buttermilk leaving the mixer running on low and avoid over-mixing. Add the vanilla extract.
- In a processor or by hand, crush ¼ cup of blueberries and incorporate into the batter. Mix the rest of the blueberries with ¼ flour and fold using a large mixing spoon.
- Divide the batter between muffin cups.
- For the topping, mix the brown sugar, macadamia nuts, remaining 2 tablespoons flour, melted butter, and cinnamon.
- Sprinkle on top of muffins and then bake muffins in the oven for approximately 25 minutes.
- Remove, cool slightly and enjoy!