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Ann Blyth's Blueberry Muffins

This recipe is quick, easy and needed NO adjustments!

Ann Blyth had a remarkable career that she began in childhood as an opera singer and radio performer. After some starring roles in musical comedies at Universal, she landed the role of "Veda" in the 1945 classic "Mildred Pierce" opposite Joan Crawford. Blyth received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other notable films included "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid" opposite William Powell and "Kismet" with Howard Keel. In 1957 she starred in "The Helen Morgan Story" with Paul Newman, which would be her final starring film role. She continued to work on television and in the 1970s she was the spokesperson for Hostess Cupcakes.

The Recipe


1 egg

4 tablespoons shortening

1 cup milk

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup blueberries


Grease muffin tins and set oven at 425 degress. Beat egg until foamy with an egg beater. Melt shortening. Add to milk. Then combine with beaten egg.

Sift dry ingredients together, saving 1 tablespoon to shake with berries (keeps them from sinking to bottom of muffins.)

Add liquid to dry part. Mix, using 15 strokes. Beat in lightly floured berries with 5 more strokes only. The batter will, and should, look lumpy.

Drop the batter from a spoon into muffin tins. Fill the pans 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes and you'll have 8 luscious muffins. Hope you enjoy them!

Special Guest

My special guest for this episode was Dr. Annette Annette Bochenek. She is a film historian, scholar and professor and runs the blog Hometowns to Hollywood.

The Final Result

Annette and I were both happy with how these turned out! They were light, delicious and so easy. You could easily use other types of berries or chocolate chips with this recipe.

Ann Blyth has done several interviews that you can easily find on Youtube.

You can find plenty of Ann Blyth's movies on DVD, BluRay and Turner Classic Movies.


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