Sunday, July 17, 2011

Blueberry Spice Muffins

It's been a long time since I enjoyed homemade blueberry muffins. I can remember the last time we made them. It wasn't long after SP & I moved in together. We were still learning each other's 'quirks,' especially food quirks. One of SP's strange food quirks, to me, had to do with oil.I grew up with Crisco Vegetable Oil. That's the only oil my mom used and the only oil my grandmother used.That's what we used to fry chicken and if a baking recipe called for oil, we used Crisco Vegetable Oil. Eventually Crisco Canola Oil found its way into our home, but only because it was an ingredient in the Poppyseed Dressing we discovered and liked so much. Then one day, probably around when I started subscribing to Bon Appetit, FoodTV started to take off, and my parents returned from a Mediterranean cruise raving about the olive oils they tasted, olive oil became a staple. As I cooked more & more, I added bottles of truffle oil and sesame oil to my pantry. But not peanut oil. When SP & I moved in together, he brought his peanut oil. I was not a fan. I didn't want it on my food. Or in my baked goods. But I tried to not be too vocal. Just enough vocal that peanut oil wouldn't appear in my food.Can you see where this is going? One morning he decided to make me blueberry muffins. Using a recipe that called for vegetable oil. Instead of using my beloved big bottle of Crisco Vegetable Oil, he used peanut oil because, as he said, peanut oil is a vegetable oil. That may be true, but it doesn't belong in baked goods!I immediately tasted the difference in the muffins. They were... gross. I can tell when my breaded chicken has been fried in something other than vegetable oil. And I could tell that these muffins had the wrong kind of oil. I tried to be nice, or maybe I wasn't all that nice, because a lovely dozen muffins were ruined with peanut oil. I tried to explain to him, I thought he knew a lot about baking, he said he did, he insisted peanut oil is a vegetable oil and should have tasted OK in the muffins. It was not a happy morning, that blueberry muffin morning nearly 3 years ago. This time, we used a recipe from the most recent Penzey's catalog. It's on page 15 of the Back To School 2011 catalog we just received. No oil. Just milk, butter, and eggs. Plus flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, and blueberries. Delicious!

As for that long ago batch of peanut oil muffins... I think I pretended to eat 1-2 a day for breakfast but I really buried 1-2 a day in the trash. They repulsed me that much with their peanut oil taste.

For the record, I also dislike Chick-Fil-A chicken because it tastes weird to me (they use peanut oil).

1 comment:

  1. Those are some delicious-looking muffins.

    As for the oil debate, I'm with you on your preference. After living with a roommate that thoroughly abused peanut oil, I can't stand the smell of cooking with it.