Dirty Dancing Weekend

September 15th, 2011

There has been a lot going on at Lake Lure.  This weekend is the second annual Dirty Dancing celebration.  You can read about the history of the connection here.  Our friends from Florida are here because they are part of a doo wop and oldies group that will be performing at Rumbling Bald Resort on Friday night and on the top of our boathouse on Sunday evening.

I haven’t been doing much cooking, but here is one of Ina Garten’s recipes for blueberry muffins that is perfect for feeding a crowd.  I will be back to blogging more regularly next week.

BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE MUFFINS (Barefoot Contessa Family Style)

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
8 ounces sour cream
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 half-pints fresh blueberries, picked through for stems

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place 16 paper liners in muffin pans.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  With the mixer on low speed add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed.  Fold in the blueberries with a spatula and be sure the batter is completely mixed.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each cup just over the top, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a cake tester comes out clean. 

12 responses to “Dirty Dancing Weekend”

  1. Lyla says:

    Uncanny! I searched through my cookbooks last night for a recipe for blueberry muffins and ended up selecting one that was pretty unsatisfying. Today I’m going to throw out that batch and make these.

    And have fun dirty dancing–I bet you’ll have the time of your life!

  2. I remember your post last year, Penny! And I know all of you had a ball! Dancing on the roof sounds like a good time to me!

    Thanks for the recipe…it looks like a keeper!


  3. Cathy says:

    It sounds like you have a fun weekend ahead, Penny. I’ll look forward to hearing about it. This is one of my favorite muffin recipes. Let’s hear it for Ina.

  4. Haden News says:

    I have never tried Ina’s blueberry muffins, but if it is one of her recipes I am sure they were good!!! Enjoy your weekend sounds like it will be fun!!

  5. EliFla says:

    I love blueberry muffins…. and Dirty Dancing too…..we’re waiting for you next week, have fun, ciao Flavia

  6. Have a great time with your friends and the dancing!

  7. Sounds like so much fun….I remember your post from last year with the Doo Wop group…

  8. Pondside says:

    Have a great time – it sounds like a lot of fun!

  9. Kate says:

    What a fun weekend it will be! I have blueberries on hand…a great idea.

  10. Sounds like a fun event Penny. I loved that movie and could see it again and again. Your muffins sound perfect for company. Have fun.

  11. I loved reading your post from last September (and smiled at you dancing on your landing…I would, too!). I’m a Dirty Dancing fan and wish I could join you at the celebration! Mmmm, your blueberry muffins look scrumptious, too.

  12. Barbara says:

    That sounds like fun, Penny.
    You can’t go wrong with an Ina Garten recipe…she’s the best!

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