I spent a good half an hour trying to find a poem by Amy Clampitt. In this poem, the speaker talks about not being able to write and turning instead to muffin making, which is just as rewarding. It's the act of creating or putting one's mind toward something that is fulfilling.
I can't believe I've lost this poem from my collection of important poems (if any one out there has it, I would love a copy) because I think that the creative impulse can be found anywhere, even in dusting or vacuuming (I've written about this before). Sometimes, when writing doesn't quite go the way it should, why not turn to muffins?
So for you, I print out my poppyseed muffin recipe, one that might tide you over until the muse comes back and sits with you at your writing table.
Makes 2 Dozen
3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
1 1/2 t salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 t almond extract
1 1/2 T poppy seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 12-cup muffin tins. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk oil, milk, eggs, and extract in another large bowl until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix only until evenly moistened. Stir in poppy seeds. Divide batter between prepared tins. Bake until muffins are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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