Living in the uncool part of town. Recipe: jam-filled muffins

Jam-filled mini muffins

It is not easy to move away from the city. Now I am living far from the city, in an opposite direction of my old shelter in Melbourne. The house is nice, the suburb is, well, different. It has more of a countryside vibe to what I am used to (Especially after a year of living in Sydney CBD).

A thing or two about my new life…

#1 It took me one hour more or less to get to work. That would be ok if I do not have to start that early (like 7.30am). On the first day after the holiday, we tried to drive in and faced a horror called traffic jam. I turned to public transport the next day. At least I can get 45 minutes of beauty sleep in the train. For the record, I always manage to wake up at the right station. Cool or what?

#2 Shopping is such a nightmare in this part of Melbourne. Everything is under construction or “it’s coming”. Sigh. Ironically, even though I see the banner “Goats for sale” and say hello to the cows almost every morning, I have not located a decent farmers’ market close by. In the meantime, Preston market is decent and full of vibrancy.

#3 Well, #2 is not that bad if someone knows how to drive. At this very moment, I am still struggling. Hopefully, all the frustrations will get me working on that. So the first resolution for the New Year is: learning how to drive!

When 2 hours of your daily life are devoted to public transport, the eating habits should also change. For me, breakfast is the most important part of the day. I normally only need some good coffee. At the moment, I love the taste and artistic vibe of C.O.T. Muesli is also nice, and I have a box in the office. And once in a while, I bring one or two homemade muffins to munch on.

These jam-filled muffins are such a breeze to make. Their texture is somewhat close to donut, and any jam can be used here. For the batch in the photos, I used the remainder of my homemade slow-cooked apple and rhubarb jam from last autumn. Speaking of season, I cannot wait for autumn, so come quick!

Jam-filled mini muffins


Recipe via Cook almost anything at least once

150g butter, melted
1½ cups milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
2½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
½ cup caster sugar

A tablespoon or two of your favourite jam

Grease and butter a 12 hole muffin tin (or in this case I used a friand tin).

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.

Whisk the milk with the eggs and vanilla paste.

Place sifted flour and caster sugar into a large bowl, stir to mix together. Make a well in the centre of the mix, then pour in the milk mixture and melted butter.

Stir until it's only just combined - you don't want to over-mix it or you'll get hard muffins. If there are some lumps that's fine.

Half fill the holes with muffin mix, then place a spoonful of your favourite jam/jelly in the centre of each muffin. Top with another spoonful of muffin mix.

Place in the preheated oven and cook for about 30 minutes or until they are golden brown.



shaz 12:12 AM  

What cute muffins (and wrappers!) Hang in there Anh :)

Manggy 12:13 AM  

Texture close to donut? I am so there ;) Don't worry, soon those "coming soons" will turn into "we're heres" :)

cookingpractice 12:40 AM  

hi chị, so we have the same goal for this year :) i gotta have a driving license or never can have a job :D

Little Corner of Mine 2:47 AM  

I think it just need some getting use to. Well, the air is fresher right? ;)

ChichaJo 2:53 AM  

Hang in there! The traffic here is so bad that even if I live in the CBD it still takes so long to get anywhere...sigh!

Good luck with learning how to can do it! When I finally learned how to drive I felt glorious! :)

Ok, now I want one of those muffins!

Ravenous Couple 4:00 AM  

wow, that is a new change and a shock to the system especially not able to get good groceries whenever you need it. good luck on learning how to drive!!

Hannah 4:58 AM  

I always get surprised when I remember that, living in the centre of cities, one often doesn't need to drive. Canberra (where I'm from) is so spread out that even though it's a city, one absolutely needs a car - especially as the public transport is so shoddy!

Good luck getting used to the new place - I'm sure these muffins help :)

Barbara 11:10 AM  

What a sweet little muffin, Anh! Love the little muffin cups.
That's a long commute! I know my son has a 2 hour commute every day...driving, traffic jams included. Patience is what it takes.
You definitely MUST learn to drive...that way you won't feel so far away from the city.

zurin 12:44 PM  

such pretty muffins! its good to live in the country i think...fresher air and more space..and traffic jams are worse in the city anyway ^_^ tq for dropping by!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 1:07 PM  

Actually it is quite nice to stay at countryside, in Malaysia we called countryside as "Kampung" .Love your muffins, look simple and yummy. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Belle@Ooh, Look 3:14 PM  

The muffins look lovely, very moist. They'd certainly make it easier to get up in the morning :)

Noble Nourishment 9:09 PM  

The muffins and the other photo look sublime... you can swap with my uncool part of town in Glasgow if you want haha, I'd gladly transfer! :p

Y 9:47 AM  

Lovely muffins!

I feel your pain, as I have to travel quite a fair bit each day to get to work. The pay off for me is that I get to live in a decent sized apartment, in a nice suburb :)

Sook 10:56 AM  

Oh wow, these muffins look so delicious! I want some!

Faith 11:21 AM  

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, too! I love the pretty jam-filled centers of these muffins!

muffinsareuglycupcakes 1:05 PM  

yum. this is what breakfast is all about.
dont exactly have a habit for breakfast.
but for things like these, i can have breakfast all day!

Amy @ 12:21 AM  

Wow, we have so much in common! I am vietnamese, I live an hour from the city and I don't drive (this is mt second time on my L's and I've been on my current one for the last two years, no official lessons yet).

The traffic in Sydney is so much worse than in Melb!

I heart Melbourne!

Those cupcakes and their cups are too cute to be tru!

Erica 5:15 AM  

Thank you for visiting my blog! I love yours! Delicious muffins and the pictures are beautiful!

Deeba PAB 11:46 PM  

YAY... I too did cupcake donuts & they were delish Ahn! YUM! Hope you settle into the new surroundings aoon! xo

The Sudden Cook 2:49 PM  

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have never been to Melbourne would so love to go one day. Oh the muffins look nice!

Natashya KitchenPuppies 11:00 PM  

They are adorable! Wow, what a commute - at least you have a good transit system.

Sophie 11:57 PM  

Hang in there,...Maybe It will get better,...that's a great idea to make breakfast muffins,..on the go,...

Your filled muffins look so cute & yummie!

Food For Tots 4:15 AM  

When we were in Malaysia, driving is a must. But now, we can live without a car in Singapore. Life is so different. The texture of your muffins look so moist and fluffy. Must be very delicious.

noobcook 6:01 PM  

These muffins look perfect! I love the look and sound of them. Your photography is lovely too :)

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