What Happens when I read books about food....

I finished The Irresistible Blueberry Bakery and Cafe and this is what happened. 
Yummy Blueberry Muffins.

Seriously I spent the whole book just daydreaming about blueberry muffins. I had to make them. It was an intense need to finish the book and then make the marvelous muffins. Never mind what time it is...never mind if we have already eaten...I MUST MAKE THE MUFFINS.

This is not the first time this has happened to me. 

Every time I read cozy books that involve bakeries or food I am suddenly in my kitchen measuring out flour, butter, and sugar. I simply cannot help myself.

TV and movies do this too....for example I have been watching a lot of British TV lately and I now find myself craving high tea type moments. I want lovely cuppa with a biscuit.....What is that? I'm not British. However they make it sound so lovely I just want to join in...

It always happens. I am so susceptible to suggestion. Does anyone else suffer from this? 

In any case...Here's the muffin recipe I found via Little Sweet Baker. They taste lovely. 

Bakery Style Blueberry Streusel Muffins
  • 2 & ½ cups (310g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp (13g) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5g) baking soda
  • ½ tsp (2g) salt
  • ½ cup (114g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk (any kind, whole or buttermilk is best)
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups (230g) blueberries
  • For the streusel topping
  • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp (8g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10ml) unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 425F and spray or line a 12 cup muffin baking pan. Prepare the streusel topping by mixing all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter with the sugar, add the eggs, mix, then add the milk and vanilla, mix again.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently combine using a rubber spatula until moistened. Fold in the blueberries until just incorporated.
  5. Divide the batter into the 12 muffin cups, top with streusel and bake for 5 minutes at 425F, then keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the heat to 375F and bake for another 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


  1. i'm enjoying a lovely cuppa right now, no biscuit though (very rude). i am the same way when i read books with food, though thankfully i am not much of a cook and i definitely can't bake to save my life haha so bakeries are safe with me. i was reading a book the other day, i don't remember where it was set, but it talked about mediterranean food a lot and i drove to the grocery to get hummus and stuff because it made me so hungry for it haha

  2. i switched back to tea today but i gotta say, it didn't do much for me in terms of a pick me up! i had to have 2 cups for that to happen :)

  3. Now I want some stupid muffins. But I want like half of a big one from somewhere delicious, Panera or something. Although those really shitty ones in the bag, the mini ones that have like 4/5 to a bag, those would do to, but only one bag because they are absolutely horrid for you.


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