Blueberry-Honey Muffins

Sometimes the most unexpected things can inspire a delicious post.

That’s how I feel about these blueberry-honey muffins that I felt compelled to make because of a two simple props.

Yes, my props often light the fire under my photographic feet.

blue transferware plate

I found this vintage, blue floral transferware plate at a local antique store for an irresistible price.

The delicate floral border is so dainty and the plate itself has a lovely faded-ivory coloring that gives it a distinctly vintage aesthetic. 

It’s wonderful to find small, unexpected treasures like this.

And of course, the $5 dollar price was just right.

decorative muffin tin

At the same small shoppe, I spotted this vintage muffin tin. 

It’s metal but has the look of glass and even though the color looks gray here, it’s actually more of a steel-blue shade.

The muffin wells don’t have much depth and are very shallow compared to a typical muffin tin but it still makes for a decent size muffin.

It’s unique and I don’t have anything else like it in my stash of props.

blueberries and mini muffins

After I found the vintage props, I knew I wanted to make something to go with them.

That’s what happens when I find new things. I’m always eager to see how I can incorporate them into something pretty to shoot.

With all this blue, a blueberry recipe made sense.

It’s a funny thing but I’m generally not a big fan of blue food but I do make exceptions for blueberries as long as they’re part of muffins like these or BLUEBERRY AND WHITE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS or even a beautiful LEMON-BLUEBERRY BUNDT CAKE.

vintage muffin tins

Honey-Blueberry Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: muffins, blueberry muffins
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder, sifted
  • 1/2 cup Castor (superfine) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla bean paste
  • 3/4 cup Fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Lightly spray muffin tins with cooking spray.

  3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl.

  4. Add sugar, honey, vanilla bean paste and mix well.

  5. Fold in the fresh blueberries and combine very gently. Blueberries will break apart quite easily so mix slowly and carefully until blueberries are loosely combined.

  6. Spoon batter into muffin tins. I spooned about 2 tablespoons into my tins but they are very shallow. If your tins are deeper, add more batter accordingly.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes before removing then from the tin. Continue cooling on a rack before serving.

  9. Lightly sprinkle with confectioner's sugar for a pretty topping.

  10. Enjoy!

  11. SPECIAL NOTE: The 1/2 cup of flour required for this recipe may seem like a small amount but it contributed to plenty of batter for my muffins. I also used a fairly shallow muffin tin. If you have standard, deep well tins, you may want to consider doubling the ingredient amounts.

food photography setup

This is the corner of my dining room where I shoot almost all of my food photos and I thought you might enjoy seeing the photography setup for these sweet muffins.

I get the best natural light in this front part of the house and I’ve pretty much transformed this space into a make-shift studio. It’s right off the kitchen, so it’s a perfect arrangement.

Meanwhile, I’ve numbered and outlined a few fun photoshoot facts below:

  1. Two yards of dark blue faux suede fabric. Fabric makes for lovely backdrops and faux suede is particularly nice because it creates a really nice matte-like texture.    
  2. Hand dyed linens also make for lovely elements in a food photoshoot. I have a ton of hand-dyed pieces and you can read more about how to create your own in a previous post HERE. (You can also read more about how I created the wood base-backdrop HERE. 
  3. The light diffuser is a great way to soften the natural light that comes in through this window.  It’s an inexpensive tool that’s worth having in your stash.

blueberry muffins on table

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll see you back here next time.

Happy baking.

  • Shirley @Housepitality Designs

    Everything you decide to learn and tackle has an end result of perfection….your baking, your photography, your sewing, everything you touch turns to gold and you generously share what you learn with us. Have a great day Lisa!

  • Botanic Bleu

    Lisa,
    I love blueberry scones, muffins, pancakes, etc… The best blueberries are the tiny wild blueberries found in Maine. Years ago, Stonewall Kitchen sold jars of the wild Maine blueberries, but no longer offers them in their catalogs. I suspect they cannot get enough of them to fill the demand.

    Thank you again for sharing your photography skills and tips…. pinned to my Pinterest board, Photography Tips, for easy reference.

    Judith

  • Sandra Garth

    Upon seeing the first photo it felt as though I’d been transported to a different era; definitely vintage. When out thrifting I’ll be on the lookout for vintage pieces, transferware in particular. I also agree that the color of food is often the impetus for the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing your photo set-up, it is a big help.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Sandra.
      I love finding lovely vintage props and it’s such a treat when I discover something lovely AND cheap (smile).
      Glad you like the behind the scenes peeks. I’m going to try to include them as much as possible.
      Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for popping over.

  • Marisa Franca Stewart

    Beautiful photos, Lisa, like always. I saw a red transferware cup and saucer once at Goodwill I wanted to pick up but was so short on time. I really regret not picking them up. I love the tips — they are helpful and you are so generous with your help. Your staging table seems like the ideal height for taking photos!! Hope you had a wonderful Easter. Big hugs!!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      So glad the setup picture is helpful, Marisa.
      I always love seeing how photographers stage their photos and it often works to demystify the simplest pictures for me.
      Girl, next time you see a lovely piece of transferware… grab it. It’s rarely there when you go back-lol.
      I’ve been on the lookout for brown transferware pieces which are so hard to find.
      Hope you have a wonderful week too.
      xoxo

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