Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Blue Breakfast

We love our garden and we often eat in the garden -- and some days breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A table for two in the garden.

On a small table under the rose branches.    A table for two.

The breakfast tray.

 For breakfast in the garden, everything needs to fit on one tray -- no trips back and forth.    It is supposed to be a relaxing breakfast!     My beloved blue and white, of course!

Our favorite garden breakfast -- eggs, seasonal fruit and freshly baked muffins.    A pitcher of cream for the coffee and the fruit!

Blueberry muffins for we've been to the blueberry farm.    Blueberry "doughnut" muffins for they are dipped in a tasty glaze (and I'm a glutton -- I dip them not once but twice!)

Our little table for two is made from a grate.    A practice item made into a practical table.    Not by us, for we bought it that way.    But we feel it makes a perfect table for two in the garden.

The garden, a peaceful place for a quiet breakfast.  

The blueberry muffin recipe?    It's a simple recipe but the glaze makes it spectacular.   You can single dip or double dip (I prefer the double) and I baked them in my popover pans for thinner, taller muffins.   I like the look and may bake my muffins in those pans again.


zest of 2 lemons
1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 2/3 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
1 c. milk
1 1/3 c. fresh blueberries

For the Glaze:

3 T. butter, melted
1 c. powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 t. vanilla
1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 T. warm water

Preheat the oven to 425.   Lightly grease a standard muffin tin or line with 12 paper muffin cups (I used a popover pan, used muffin cups but greased above them).

In a medium bowl, combine the lemon zest and sugars.   Use your fingertips to incorporate the zest into the sugars until it is moist and fragrant.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream together but butter, oil and sugars until smooth.    Add the eggs and vanilla, beating to combine.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.    Stir the flour mixture into the batter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.    Fold in the blueberries.

Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the cups nearly full.

Bake the muffins for 15 to 17 minutes or until they're a pale golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.

In a medium bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing together the melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and water.    Whisk until smooth.

When the muffins have cooled slightly, dip the muffin crown into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden.    At this point you can leave them as is or go for the double dip!    I went for the double dip!

Serve warm or cool on a rack and wrap airtight.    Muffins will keep at room temperature for about a day.

(But we needn't have worried -- we finished off all 6 before we went inside!)

I found this delightful recipe on My Baking Addition and in my opinion it is a winner!

It's Thursday and I'm joining Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Bernideen for Tea In the Garden.    


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Yum, Martha! Your setting is so pretty and I love your gate table. I may try the muffin recipe in my donut pan.

Bookie said...

OH, this all looks just perfect!!!
Wish I could step into the picture. Rain coming so tomorrow might not be an outside day, but we need the rain so....

lindaraxa said...

We have breakfast on our deck most Sundays and as you say, nothing beats the smell of the flowers and the noise of the birds going about their business.

I have a blueberry muffin recipe from Jordan Marsh, the old department store in Florida, centuries ago, which I have been making forever. Perhaps it's time to try a new one, particularly if it's double dipped!

Kathleen said...

The dishes are such a pretty blue!
Looks like a lovely breakfast! Yes, all on one tray, no back and forths!

Betty Stapleton said...

Hi Martha
What a lovely setting, love the grate on the sewing table, so original and makes a great table for outside. As usual your dishes look gorgeous and as usual your food looks delicious, like the double dipping. Thank you for sharing...

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful blue and white. I love eating outside and your setting is perfect!

Sarah said...

Beautiful garden setting. I'd love to enjoy breakfast with that lovely tray setting.

Entertaining Women said...

I could have sat at this glorious table all day....all three meals would have needed to fit on that tray. Thanks for the recipe. I'll glove it a try. Praying that you have a safe night. Cherry Kay

On Crooked Creek said...

What a delightful way to begin your day @ Linderhof! I'm copying your muffin recipe! Thank you for sharing. Your glaze recipe is EXACTLY the one my MoMa taught me!

podso said...

I like the way you celebrate each meal, or make it an event, as it should be. With leisure and care and always good food. What a great idea to double dip those muffins and make them straight and tall!

Rizzi said...


Bernideen said...

what a great table you have set with those yummy muffins - I DOUBLE DIPPER TOO!

Marlis said...

Love your table. the sewing machine base is so grand to host the grate.. It's spectacular. I love your breakfast table too. It's so pretty for an early morning meal!!! Must try your muffins.. Have a great weekend. xo marlis


How yummy, I'm loving this recipe..thanks. I love yourt tea table al fresco, I am into it too since the weather around this parts it,s HOT, 85-90!! Enjoy your weekend.


I,ve thinking of teas lately...but I meant your BLUE BREAKFAST!! This is making me think about having breakfast outside tomorrow! Thanks.

Rowan said...

Those blueberry muffins look fabulous, I think I shall give those a try.

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a beautiful setting! I love the blue and white and those muffins look amazing! Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration.