Have you watched Ramona and Beezus? Based on the best selling books, the movie is about the hilarious and bittersweet adventures of young Ramona Quimby played by the very expressive Joey King and her older sister Beezus played by songstress Selena Gomez. I watched the movie recently and quite enjoyed it. It was sweet and heartfelt. I promise that I usually watch more meaningful, grownup cinema. But every once in a while, I like to watch something light and innocent where everything works out just fine for the leading lady and her loved ones. So what has Ramona and Beezus got to do with today's blog post, you ask? Let me tell you.
It is amazing what the mind picks up on it's daily visual journey of a million myriad images. During the movie in one of the scenes, Ramona's dad is preparing packed lunches for their school in the kitchen. I saw a dear little cafe style cake stand with a dome, filled with delicious looking muffins standing proud on their counter. Yes, I am that much of a foodie, because that was the most pressing thing I took from the movie. The movie ended late in the night and I went to bed dreaming of a similar cake stand with a dome on my countertop.
So the next day, I set out on a mission to get my cake stand and dome. The dome was mighty important to my mission, don't ask why. Three days later, I had not one but two fabulous cake stands. One was stainless steel with an acrylic dome that I got because I didn't want to have a heart attack every time one of my boys swooshed their light sabres around or threw a ball. The other was a strong, glass creation that also doubled up as a punch bowl. (I got this one because it was just oh so pretty and because now I had an excuse to create a beautifully iced celebration cake)
And just like that I had a terrible urge to bake ginormous muffins in rustic brown cases like the ones I pay a king's ransom for at my local cafe. So I did. Leila Lindholm's beautiful cookbook A Piece Of Cake has some very simple looking muffin recipes. I decided to bake the fuss free raspberry muffins using the frozen bag of raspberries in my freezer. They rose beautifully, browned to perfection, were just right in their sweetness and texture and tasted amazing dusted with some vanillin sugar when I served them warm for breakfast. The only problem was that the recipe made 6 large muffins which was nowhere near to filling up my cake stand.
RAMONA AND BEEZUS RASPBERRY MUFFINS
Preparation Time - 10 minutes | Baking Time - 20 minutes | Makes 6 large muffins
100g unsalted butter
zest of 1 lemon
2 organic eggs
150g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
240g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
135g frozen raspberries
Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F/gas 4 for large muffins and 200°C/400°F/gas 6 for small muffins.
Melt the butter and add the milk and lemon zest.
Beat together the eggs, caster sugar and vanilla sugar until pale and fluffy.
Stir the butter mixture into the egg mix. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt and carefully fold into the mixture.
Put paper cases in a muffin tin, layer the berries and pour in the mixture until the cases are two thirds full. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes for the large muffins and 15 minutes for the small muffins. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Cool on wire racks.
These muffins are beautiful, they look so light and fluffy. Ha! You know you're a foodie when the one thing your taking away from a movie is the food they had on their counter.
Jess : )
Romona and Beezus are a great inspiration to make these raspberry muffins! The pictures are stunning, right down to the muffin paper. Nice work.
I grew up reading Ramona 🙂 Stunning muffins! Love having berries in the freezer for impromptu muffins.
Yuie, thanks! I never read a Ramona book but have since watching the movie, they are cute despite being a tad childish.
I used to love the Ramona Quimby books! Might have to sneak a look at the movie over the Christmas break. The muffins and the cake stand look wonderful, I'm a sucker for foodie suggestion too!
Thanks Georgia! Hope you had a great relaxing Christmas 🙂
I do the same thing in movies, if I see something I like I'll have the urge to make it too! These muffins look so good, and I love the cake stand!
Thanks Sheena! I got another one in the New Year, I hope I get over this obsession soon 🙂
Wonderful muffins. They look like they would hit the spot.
Never watched Ramona and Beezus and don't think I will but I totally get you: I too tend to focus on almost hidden food scenes from movies. Those muffins look like the perfect breakfast treat!
I guess it is a foodie trait 😉