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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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