I usually spend the weekends at my mother’s. As I’m typically the first one up, I make breakfast. A few weeks ago I don’t know what was wrong with me, but the pancakes were not turning out right, I was distracted. I absent mindedly left the stove and started to fix the coffee. The air filled with a light haze of smoke and, yep, the smoke alarm went off.
Now Mom has one of those sophisticated security-alarm-gotta-punch-in-the-code-and-let-the-“people”-know-you-haven’t-really-set-the-house-on-fire-you’re-just-burning-pancakes-thingys. Needless to say, I didn’t do it right and the fire department came. I heard their siren before I got to the door. When I opened the door, a volunteer fireman, who looked a lot like Uncle Fester from the Addams Family, was grinning at me from the other side of the screen door.
“Do we have a fire?” he wanted to know.
Sheepishly, I replied, “Uh, no sir, just burning pancakes. I’m really sorry. I tried to get to the alarm before y’all were alerted. I’d offer y’all some, but they’re not ready.”
“That’s okay, ma’am. Just glad it wasn’t anything serious.”
He left; I went back to making breakfast. Would you believe I set the dad gum alarm off a second time! Only this time, I did shut the alarm off before it alerted the fire department. (By the way, my mother and son slept through all of the comotion… Some good the alarm is for my mother!)
This morning when I made breakfast, it was first things first. Coffee. Then I found a blueberry muffin mix in the pantry. Mama didn’t have any muffin cup liners, but she did have a bundt pan. The packaged muffin mix was, you know, kind of boring. A little “doctoring” was in order. Half way through the “doctoring”, I noticed the jug of milk was out of date. What was I going to substitute? Following, is this Sunday’s happy little accident.
Doctored Blueberry Cake
1 package of blueberry muffin mix
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup apple juice ( instead of the milk)
Prepare your bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray, preheat oven to 350°.
In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together and pour in bundt pan. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until cake spring back when lightly touched. Cool slightly in pan, then invert onto a plate. Enjoy it warm with that coffee you brewed earlier.