Ever get the feeling that life is passing you by at the speed of a bullet train? The days, weeks and months fly by and suddenly it’s December? I feel it even more as each new year rolls around. Next year brings big changes for us. We’re moving back home to Sydney. 

The past months have been a flurry of preparation for all that goes on with an international move. Lists, quotes, budgets, giving notice and going through and clearing out 15 years of stuff that comes with building a home and family. 

One thing that is usually constant amongst the flurry of life is baking. Lately though, even baking has taken a back seat. Soon, the house will be packed up and shipped off and it’ll be a while until I can get back in the kitchen again. I may have just one or two more bakes before Christmas is upon us and before the packers come. I have a ton of recipes I’ve been meaning to share so this time will be well spent blogging in between packing and boxes.  

Like these blueberry muffins. I baked these to bring to the girls’ shelter that I’ve been volunteering at the past couple of months. They are really easy to make and they go down a treat. The recipe is from Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter. Her mum’s recipe. A gift from Amel, I had forgotten it existed until recently.


  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled (113g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups plain flour (I did half wholemeal, half plain, 250g) 
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tsp of caster sugar (I used brown and reduced it to 1/2 cup, 100g)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries


  1. Preheat your oven to 190C (375F). 
  2. Line your muffin tray with muffin cases. 
  3. In a bowl, whisk together wet ingredients; butter, eggs and milk. 
  4. In large bowl whisk flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. 
  5. Stir wet ingredients into the dry and gently fold in blueberries. 
  6. Divide batter into your muffin cases and sprinkle with the teaspoon of sugar. 
  7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until just golden. 
Dry and Wet Ingredients

The thing I love about these muffins is that even with reduced sugar, they still taste great. 

I also love how they look exactly like they do in the book. Nice one Gwyneth (and Gwyneth’s mum). 

If you are looking for a good basic muffin recipe, give this one a go. The book also has Gwyneth’s ‘healthier version’ of these with spelt flour, soy milk and maple syrup instead of regular sugar. These are just as delicious and just as easy if you have ingredients on hand. 

Now, back to my flurry and task lists…