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Who won the O versus SK blueberry & butter face-off? Yotam, of course.
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Posted to Thread #30095 at 11:04 pm on Jan 21, 2018
I’m prefacing this with the statement that I had a cold for 16 days and baked Smitten Kitchen’s Blueberry Muffins during that time. So it’s possible (maybe? could be?) that the reason that the ONLY thing I liked about them was the blueberries was interference from this cold because I picked out the blueberries and tossed the rest. And if you’ll recall, last week I ran into the same problem with her oatmeal and caramelized pears: it was a blah, tasteless dish other than the caramelized pears, which were wonderful
So let’s agree that possibly (maybe? could be?) it’s an unfair situation that I’m about to compare Ottolenghi’s “Lemon, Blueberry & Almond Teacakes” with Smitten Kitchen’s “Perfect Blueberry Muffins.”
Okay. Full disclosure over and done with. His were great. Hers were mediocre. Moving on to a compare and contrast: Both had blueberries, butter, sugar, lemon, eggs and flour. Both were baked in a muffin tin.
Now come to a screeching halt because that's where the comparison ends.
Contrast: SK’s muffins were...honestly...tasteless other than the happy abundance of blueberries. Deb promises a burnished top to this muffin and it is. HOWEVER, what is burnished is the golden turbinado sugar sprinkled on top, a sugar which is almost bronze to begin with. On the other hand, the batter peeking through the topping sugar was pale white. I mean, pale white as in the legs and sunken chest of a 50-year old white male hitting the beach for the first time since he was 16. THAT kind of white. I don’t even know how that is possible since there are rising agents which usually help batters brown. Not here. And the dough was a thick glutinous mass which baked, not to a tender crumb as expected, but to a dry crumb that stuck to the blueberries in a brazen attempt for attention.
I can’t even go on with this. Let’s just say that Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s teacakes were EXACTLY what I was hoping for in SK’s muffin, but didn’t get.
This keeper is going in the permanent stack because I made 12, gave 8 away and have heard nothing but raves so far. It’s a delightfully light, lemony, tender crumb that has a few blueberries to brighten the day. It even warmed up nicely in the microwave today. Can’t ask for more than that.
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Other messages in this thread:
- 30095. Who won the O versus SK blueberry & butter face-off? Yotam, of course. - MarilynFL - 11:04pm on 01/21/18 (23)
- Lemon, Blueberry and Almond Teacakes from SWEET by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh [LINK] - MarilynFL - 11:05pm on 01/21/18
- Thank you Marilyn! [NT] - deb-in-MI - 3:07pm on 01/22/18
- Yes, thank you!! But there was no link or photo available at Amazon [NT] - cheezz - 8:05pm on 01/22/18
- Cheezz. Click on the book at the bottom of the page search inside this book will appear - GayR - 11:38pm on 01/22/18
- cheezz, if you're looking at Amazon on your phone, I don't think the LOOK INSIDE pops up. Follow Gay - MarilynFL - 12:24am on 01/23/18
- This image is very close [NT] [LINK] - MarilynFL - 12:34am on 01/23/18
- MarilynFL, Corrections from publisher for "Sweet" [NT] [LINK] - GayR - 1:11am on 01/23/18
- Oh my goodness that’s a lot of corrections! What, didn’t they proofread it at all? [NT] - MariaDNoCA - 5:57am on 01/23/18
- Thank you, Gay. I agree with Maria. They must have rushed this to market, but I still - MarilynFL - 4:41pm on 01/23/18
- Very welcome, Marilyn. I find this very disheartening especially for someone that is a - GayR - 5:07pm on 01/23/18
- Happy discovery: I had a relapse and didn't eat the last two. Microwaved one this - MarilynFL - 4:39pm on 01/23/18
- Well, guess we both had blueberries on the mind: The real Jordan marsh blueberry muffins REC [LINK] - MariaDNoCA - 10:50pm on 01/23/18
- Actually, that isn't the original recipe... - judy-mass - 12:43am on 01/24/18
- Did you see the link that includes an interview w retired baker? This is from him. - MariaDNoCA - 7:03am on 01/24/18
- I'd trust yours--I can't imagine using bread flour as the other recipe does since the - Charley - 12:50pm on 01/24/18
- [NT] - judy-mass - 1:14pm on 01/24/18
- Well bread flour does have a higher protein count than ap, but pastry flour is lower than ap. [NT] - MariaDNoCA - 2:31pm on 01/24/18
- Finished Muffins from above recipe [NT] [IMAGE] - MariaDNoCA - 2:40pm on 01/24/18
- Deconstructed muffin aka cut open [NT] [IMAGE] - MariaDNoCA - 2:44pm on 01/24/18
- So beautiful! [NT] - deb-in-MI - 6:07pm on 01/24/18
- Aw man...now I'm back to wanting the perfect blueberry muffin. Still keeping that teacake though. [NT] - MarilynFL - 3:58pm on 01/25/18
- OT - Thanks, Mar and deb-in-MI! Wonderful shrimp and grits [LINK] - colleenmomof2 - 3:40pm on 01/26/18
- :) [NT] - deb-in-MI - 4:21pm on 01/26/18