Blueberry Lime Chili Muffins

Spilling with juice and antioxidant goodness, these blueberry muffins are likely nothing you have ever tasted before. Spiked with a little soul of spice, they ooze oomph.

Sitting prettily on the east coast of Canada on the Atlantic ocean, the province of Nova Scotia is truly picturesque. The original indigenous MikMaq people occupied this land for thousands of years before the French settlers arrived. Seeing the French Acadians and the Mikmaq, the English and the Scottish fought hard for a piece of this land to call it their own.

Given what great memories my then partner had from his schooldays in Halifax, we decided to drive around scenic Cabot trail. He was the Dedicated driver, while I was to find a place for nighttime slumber.

Enroute the Cabot trail, we stopped at Chetticamp, a busy fishing village. Blueberries abounded everywhere in this French Acadian village. Breakfast which our French hosts provided was my first time tasting blueberry muffins and I will never forget the fresh fruity muffins that our hostess served. She took responsibility for hospitality, proudly showing us the curtains she sewed while her husband built the cabin for their popular bed and breakfast.

As we sat down to breakfast, sipping freshly brewed coffee, taking welcome bites of muffins and pancakes, our hostess Veronica regaled us with the history of her village. Stunned at her ease in both English and her native French, I asked her how she did it.. Dear reader, from where I come from and indeed in many parts of Europe, people do speak many languages, because of movement across states. But never before had I witnessed a Canadian move so effortlessly between languages.

She laughed and said ‘question of survival. we learnt early on to speak in English so that our job prospects remained’.

I took another sip of my coffee dreaming of our upcoming whale watching tour.

You need

1 ½ cups Cake and Pastry Flour(or unbleached all purpose flour)
¼ cup sugar(more for a sweet tooth 🙂
1 cup yoghurt
1 cup cooking oil(I used grapeseed oil)
¼ tsp almond essence
½ fresh lime
½ tsp cayenne (or less or omit if you prefer to skip)
½ tsp dry ginger powder
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup blueberries (I used fresh, can sub with frozen)

Mix all dry and wet ingredients , except blueberries. Beat the batter till smooth and no lumps remain. Fold in the blueberries. Pour into lined muffin pan. Bake in 3500F oven for about 20 minutes till muffins are done.

Hope you enjoyed my attempt to recreate those luscious blueberry muffins with a hint of spice. Try them out, best accompanied by listening to celtic music.


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