Do you know the Muffin Man?

…The Muffin Man? Who lives on Dury Lane? …so for those who commute up to London you will probably never meet the Muffin Man. Why? Because you can’t face the thought of travelling to the busy capital at the weekend when you don’t have to! Yes, I have to admit it is quite soul destroying to board that South Eastern service when it’s not a weekday. The carridges are packed with kids and non-commuters who are clueless about train etiquette. To top it off, you aren’t being paid to do it. But, I love it!! Why!? Because my trips to London at the weekend mean I get to actually see beyond the highly airconditioned enclosures that stand in Canary Wharf. They also include some sort of combination of tea, cake, friends and chats – ideal!

Last weekend the London Caffeine Crawl began and I’m going to make it my personal aim to visit a new coffee shop or tearoom in London every week! The #LondonCaffeineCrawl kicked off at the London Grind. The London Grind is now renowned in the capital as serving the best coffee so Mum and I went to check it out. I have to say I wasn’t veryyyy impressed with the coffee. It was extremely yummy but I think it had been hyped up so much that I was literally expecting melted gold in a cup. I think that a bit of latte and cappuccino art action would have impressed me a bit more.

On a different note, I loved the food!!! We arrived at about 11:40 and didn’t get seated till just gone midday so do expect a bit of a wait if you don’t book. They also stop serving the breakfast options past noon so if you want this yummy health plate, smoothie bowls, granola bowls or porridge then get there for mid morning. If you want a typical full English brunch or smashed avotoast and eggs you are all good to have a lazy morning and have brunch at your leisure 🙂

When you are commuting or even living and working in London full time it is worth taking time out to go and enjoy what the city has to offer! For those who find themselves a bit low on energy first thing in the morning why not try out some hearty breakfast muffins you can grab and munch on to give you a boost to your day.

My new favourite berry is the blueberry and I have had a bit of experimenting going on over the last few weeks. Blueberry and lime, blueberry and lemon, blueberry and white chocolate, blueberry and coconut all go so well together as flavour combinations and there are many other pairings I would like to try out.

I am going to share with you two of my recipes so far, the weekend blueberry and white chocolate fluffy muffin and the commuter coconut and blueberry booster muffin.

The Blueberry and White Chocolate Weekender

Ingredients

375g self-raising flour

110g caster sugar

3 eggs

180ml vegetable oil

140g natural yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

50g oats

200g fresh blueberries

150g white chocolate chips

Method 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ gas mark 4.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, eggs, oil, yogurt and vanilla in a bowl or mixer.
  3. Gently fold in the oats, blueberries and chocolate chips.
  4. Divide the mixture into a muffin tray lined with cases. With this mixture you can make 6 extra large muffins or 12 smaller ones.
  5. Top the muffins with a sprinkle of oats and sugar and place into the oven for 25-30mins or until golden brown.
  6. Take out of the oven, leave to cool and enjoy them fresh with a cuppa!

 

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The Blueberry and Coconut Commuter 

Ingredients

375g self-raising flour

110g caster sugar

3 eggs

180ml coconut oil

140g natural yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

80g oats

30g desiccated coconut

200g fresh blueberries

20160821_174526.jpgSo the method is exactly the same as above! The difference between the two are that these muffins are a bit ‘healthier’ packed with more oats. The use of the coconut oil will change the consistency of the muffins. They will be less fluffy but a bit heartier – perfect for that weekday grab-and-go commute!

Have a berry-tastic day!

nat

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