These are not muffins, but mini cakes, which means that making them takes a tiny bit more time than muffins, but the result is much better. There is a dispute as to whether the recipe comes from the Ritz or from the department store that led to Macy's. It is because of the latter that I have dared to touch the recipe, because I have a physical allergy to 'anything Ritz' (which I hope I share with most other Europeans) since the London billionaires owners of that hotel became leading supporters of Brexit, Farage and then Boris Johnson - so much for these two being 'politicians of the people'!
-115 g butter
- 200 g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 140 plain flour plus one tablespoon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- half a teaspoon salt
- 120 ml milk
- 350 g blueberries
- three more tablespoons of sugar
Preheat the oven at 190 degrees (375 F for those of you in America)
Beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisker. Then add the eggs (one by one) and the vanilla while you keep beating. Combine the flour, baking poder and salt - add half of it to the mixture, then add half the milk, then the rest of the flour and finally the rest of the milk. Sprinkle a tablespoon of flour on the blueberries and add them to the mixture.
Put the batter into a muffin tray lined with muffins' papers. Sprinkle the three tablespoons of sugar on top. And bake for 30 minutes.