Have you seen Beyonce’s new video? It’s not really my cup of tea and nor is the song, but Beyonce’s legs are surely up there with the seven wonders of the world (even if she looks like Jennifer Lopez on crack in some of the shots).
I’ve been thinking about Beyonce because on Saturday I made some muffins to a recipe supposedly adored by the mighty woman herself when she was in New Zealand late last year. These muffins – light, buttery, eggy delights – are delicious, but I’m not sure they will give you thighs of steel unless you run about 10km for every bite. Then again, perhaps that’s how B gets the energy to dance so energetically through her music videos.
Bootylicious Berry Muffins
These muffins were made by the cook at Auckland’s Mollie’s hotel when Beyonce and Jay-Z stayed there last year. Their light, buttery texture reminded me of friands – does anyone remember the great friand craze of a few years ago? – making them more of a morning tea treat than something to grab for breakfast.
2 cups self-raising flour
1tsp baking powder
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup melted butter, cooled
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 cups berries (Beyonce favours blueberries, apparently, but because she wasn’t here I used a mixture of mostly thawed frozen berries)
Preheat the oven to 200C. Grease or line the holes of a 12-cup muffin tin.
Sift the flour and baking powder together into a large bowl, then add the sugar. Combine the wet ingredients – butter, eggs and milk – in another bowl, then add to the flour along with the berries. Fold together gently. Spoon into the waiting muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes (a little longer if your berries are frozen). Dust with icing sugar to serve.