How is it that sometimes you can feel completely on top of things, only to realise that there is a gaping hole in your plans?
Such as the end of the school holidays....9:30pm the night before school goes back (ummm, yes...alot like tonight, actually)....clean uniforms - check / school bags - check / drink bottles (half full) in the freezer - check....you run through the lunch box options in your head, happy you have all bases covered until you come to a screaming halt realising that recces is looking awfully skinny, nope, you forgot to buy the "shapes" at the supermarket, there is no stash of banana cake left in the freezer and as band practice is back on from tomorrow morning (7:45am start for son #2) no time to scarper anywhere in the morning to buy something to shove in there.....
Enter the Life Saving 30 minute Muffins!
Years back, Sal & I got this recipe from a cooking class we went to together at The Cooks Larder in Avalon. It was a "lunch box" class and chock full of great tips & recipes for lunch boxes.
It takes 5 minutes to mix and about 20 to 25 minutes in the oven and hey presto! Muffins! I have done these at 5:30 in the morning, at 10:00pm at night...and at some regular times too - complete life savers!
The Life Saving Muffins
300g Self Raising Flour
150g Caster Sugar
120ml grape seed oil (or veg. oil or melted butter)
180ml butter milk or regular milk
1.5 cups frozen or fresh fruit
Preheat oven to 180c
Line muffin tin with papers
Measure out flour & sugar into mixing bowl and add fruit.
Mix oil, eggs and milk in small jug or bowl until well combined
Make a "well" in the middle of the flour/sugar mix and with a wooden spoon, gently add the oil/egg/milk mixture to the flour/sugar. Don't over mix - the mixture should look combined but not overly smooth - this helps with the "fluffy" factor.
Spoon mixture into papers and bake in oven for around 20 mins - until puffed and golden.
Phew! Disaster averted!
ps: if wrapped indivdually in glad wrap (plastic wrap) they freeze really well and can go straight from freezer to lunch box - love it!