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Playoff Football.  Is there anything more manly?  Win or go home.  The thrill of victory- the agony of defeat.  It’s also a time of year to devour macho meals, gallant grub and fearless foods.  3 meat pizzas, buffalo wings, pigs in a blanket and… Blueberry Muffins?  Well, when they’re this good, they’re welcome at any playoff party or group gathering.  With a sugary crust on the outside and an angel soft, blueberry filled interior, these bad boys are guaranteed to take the attention away from the game and bring the focus onto the fantastic flavor of these marvelous muffins.

Hey, I’m all man.  So much so, that if I were a pasta, I’d be called “Testosteroni”.  Say what you will, but I’m secure enough in my masculinity to walk into a party holding several trays of muffins with my head held high and a proud, confident smile on my face.   After all, male or female- who doesn’t love a good muffin?  Honestly?  So take a page out of my playbook and for your next get together, surprise your friends with a tray of marvelous muffins.  You won’t regret it.

Note: Don’t be afraid to get creative with this recipe either. You can add cranberries and macadamia nuts instead of the blueberries and walnuts or all spice instead of cinnamon.  The batter is the important thing- Have fun with the fruits, nuts and spices!

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Ingredients-

– 1 and a half cups of Cake Flour

– 1 Cup of brown sugar

– 1 and a half teaspoons of baking powder

– 6 Tablespoons of unsalted butter (Room Temperature)

– 1 Egg

– 1/2 Cup of milk (Whole milk, preferably)

– 1 Package of fresh blueberries (About 7 ounces)

– 1 and a half cups of walnuts

– A generous dusting of cinnamon

– A Muffin Tin (Makes 6 muffins- 1.75 x 3.5 x 3.5)

Instructions-

1. Clean, arrange and prepare all ingredients.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a bowl, whisk together (you can use an electric egg beater as well) unsalted butter,  brown sugar, egg and milk.

3. In separate bowl, sift cake flour and baking powder together.  Add pinch of salt and cinnamon to taste- about a tablespoon or 2, depending on your enthusiasm toward cinnamon.

4. Combine milk/ brown sugar mixture into cake flour/ cinnamon mixture.  Mix well, then gently fold in walnuts and blueberries.

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5. Grease muffin tins with non stick cooking spray.  Pour muffin mixture half way into tins, allowing room for the muffins to rise.  Top each muffin with a teaspoon of brown sugar and several walnuts.

6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  Check after 25 by sticking tooth pick into muffins.  If there’s no cake residue on the stick, then you’re golden.

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7. Let stand for 5 minutes.  Tap tray against counter to loosen muffins.  Place onto plate and enjoy.

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