There is nothing like fresh, warm muffins with butter oozing into the cracks as it melts. They’re perfect for a weekend breakfast: quick, simple and filling, either on their own with a big mug of tea or as part of a hearty breakfast with all the fixings!
Muffins made at home can be so much healthier than anything you buy at the local coffee shop on the way to work and they’re so fast. You can literally whip them up in 5-10 minutes when you get up in the morning, pop them in the oven while you have a shower and voila! A warm, on the go breakfast!
Blueberry Orange Muffins
* adapted from Allrecipes. A lot of people who made comments on the recipe felt it wasn’t orange-y enough or moist enough so I made a lot of adaptations to it. Mine were very orange-y and nice and moist. This is the recipe as I made it.
1 cup oats
1 cup orange juice (I did freshly squeezed from the oranges I zested)
1 tbsp grated orange zest
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup fat free plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs, beaten
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups of frozen blueberries (don’t defrost before adding them but you can use fresh when they’re in season)
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp grated orange zest
Combine oats, OJ, and 1 tbsp orange zest. Add in oil, yogurt, vanilla and eggs and combine well.
In a separate, large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add in the liquid mixture and mix until just combined.
Gently fold in blueberries.
Spray 2, 12 cake muffin pans with cooking spray or line with paper muffin cups. Fill cups 3/4 full.
Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over muffin tops. Bake at 400F for about 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Both images were shot in AV mode with a tripod. The setup remained in the same spot for both, I just changed the height of the tripod and the aperture. I’m finding that food seems to look better in a lot of natural light situations if the exposure is stepped up one or two (overexposed). This isn’t a hard and fast rule though.
One thing I did notice, but not until I got the photos off of the camera, is that the background was actually too light and caused some strange effects on the muffins in the background. I’m not sure why. So, I wound up using images that weren’t as well composed as I would have liked but had better lighting. This is a good reason for shooting tethered to the laptop if you can. I’m going to have to start doing that.
Image 1: 1/80th, f2.2, 50mm, ISO100, +1/3 exposure compensation. Otherwise, nothing unusual with the shot or post processing.
Image 2: 1/100th, f2.2, 50mm, ISO100, +1 exposure compensation. Again, nothing else unusual.