Please welcome our guest today: Eva Gates, author of By Book or by Crook, the first in the Lighthouse Library cozy series, which is out this week. Some of you may know Eva as her alter-ego, Vicki Delany. You'll find more on Eva, Vicki and the new book below.
Vicki/Eva is a bundle of energy and some of us have been lucky enough to visit her in her cozy home in rural Prince Edward County. We've had a first hand taste of her terrific baking. Today she'll offer us one of her favorite recipes and a tour of her kitchen reno.
And now: over to Eva Gates!
Hi everyone. Just to let you know, I’ll have a contest for a copy of By Book or By Crook, open to anyone in US or Canada.
Eva Gates' Blueberry Muffins
Right about now, you’ll be wishing you’d made these last summer. I always make tons when the farm markets are overflowing with blueberries because they freeze perfectly, right up until it’s time to make another year’s batch. These muffins are traditional in my family for Christmas breakfast. Nothing beats the taste of a fresh blueberry on a cold winter’s morning.
I made this particular batch last summer in my ‘old’ kitchen. I’ve since had the kitchen renovated. Keep on reading for some pictures.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Grease and flour a 12-cup muffin tin
In a medium bowl. whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, beat butter and ONE CUP sugar until light and fluffy, approximately three minutes with an electric mixer.
Beat in eggs, one at a time and add vanilla.
Add flour mixture to sugar and butter slowly until incorporated.
Add milk slowly and mix on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix batter.
Sprinkle the blueberries with a little bit of flour, no more than a teaspoon, just to coat them. Shake off excess flour. The step will prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the muffins.
Fold blueberries carefully into the muffin batter.
Pour batter into muffin tins.
Mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar with nutmeg. Sprinkle on muffins for nice crunchy top.
Bake for about 30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean if inserted in the middle of a muffin.
Let cool and remove from pan.
Blueberry muffins are always to be found on the menu at Lucy Richardson's favorite spot, Josie's Cozy Bakery in Nag's Head, North Carolina. To enter to win a copy of By Book or By Crook, leave a comment letting me know your favorite place to vacation in North America.
Eva Gates is the author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series from Penguin Obsidian, set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, featuring Boston-transplant librarian, and highly reluctant sleuth, Lucy Richardson. The first in the series, By Book or By Crook, was released in February 2015. Eva is the pen name of bestselling author Vicki Delany, one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. Eva can be found at www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com and Vicki at www.vickidelany.com