Makes 18 Muffins
Blueberry muffins sound better than they taste because the berries are quite watery and lack flavour. On the other hand, if you make a tasty jam with some berries and add that, together with the fresh berries you have a real winner!
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Raisin & Bran Muffins

You will need

small saucepan
potato masher
wooden spoon
small colander
pair of scissors
2 muffin pans
large glass bowl
electric beaters
measuring jug
2 spoons
oven gloves

¾ cup (± 120 g) blueberries
2 T (30 ml) sugar
¼ cup (60 ml) water
pinch salt
1 t (5 ml) lemon juice

2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup (125 ml) canola oil
1 cup (250 ml) plain full cream yoghurt
1 cup (250 ml) full cream milk
1 x 700 g Ina Paarman’s Raisin & Bran Muffin Mix
½ cup (± 100 g) whole blueberries
blueberry jam


Blueberry Jam

Crush the berries lightly with the sugar in a small saucepan, using a potato masher. Add water, salt and lemon juice. Simmer until ‘jammy’ it will leave a ‘path’ on the bottom of the pot when stirred (see pic).


Remove the raisin bag from the foil packet and pour boiling water over the raisins to plump them up. Drain immediately and set aside to swell.

Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 190°C. Grease 2 muffin pans. Beat eggs and oil for 30 seconds on high speed until well blended. Add yoghurt and milk and beat until blended.

Add contents of pack, drained plumped raisins, whole blueberries and blueberry jam. Stir by hand with a wooden spoon ± 40 times until uniformly blended. (Do not beat.) Spoon mixture into buttered muffin pan/s. An ice cream scoop does the job perfectly.

Bake for about 30 – 35 minutes.

Serve with butter.