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Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #10 and Blueberry Orange Oat Muffins

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What is it about springtime that makes us get back to basics? Whether it’s planting the vegetable garden or refurbishing the flower box or cleaning out the closet or washing off the deck, we get this feeling of repeating an age-old task, one that may go back to a time before we were around; and we feel good about it! We don’t know why. Often the task is tedious or exhausting. But we feel a part of something greater than ourselves, than our fairly narrow outlook or concerns.

And something about this week’s recipe–Blueberry Orange Oat Muffins–gives me that same sense of back to basics, of being connected to traditions greater than ourselves. Maybe it’s the mix of elemental ingredients–blueberries, orange juice, oats–or maybe the simple wholesomeness of this muffin that creates that impression.

Or maybe I’m just feeling sappy today.

Come to think of it, maybe the feeling is tied to the brief chapter segment in Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #10. In this scene and the previous serial, Leah is confronted with a vague sense of loss precipitated by several changes in her life. She wants to grab onto something solid, something unchanging and consoling; but she can’t find her way to that reassurance. She needs to make a batch of these Blueberry Orange Oat Muffins. That would set her right. Too bad she doesn’t have Reading and Recipes in the novel. We’ll have to work on that.

blueberry orange muffinsBlueberry Orange Oat Muffins

2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup oats (old-fashioned or quick oats)

2 Tablespoons light brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1/3 cup milk 

3 Tablespoons orange juice

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 egg yolk

1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

blueberry orange oat muffins

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a regular muffin tin with cooking spray or line with 6 muffin liners.

Mix dry ingredients together (flour through salt). Add remaining ingredients and stir until just incorporated, careful not to over mix. Gently fold the blueberries and orange peel into the batter.

Spoon muffin batter into six prepared muffin tins. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in tin for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Serve warm, and store any leftover muffins in an airtight container.

Makes 6 muffins.

blueberry orange oat muffin

{Adapted from Cooking to Perfection}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #10 of “Two Sisters Times Two”.

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #10, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #10, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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