• Published 12th Apr 2021
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Good Morning Equestria - Quoterific

Equestria's newest chat show to all creatures

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Chapter 42- The Muffin Mare

"Derpy, so glad that you are able to take time off from the post office to join the show," Pinkie hugged the grey pegasus with great passion, "I was surprised at your request for a cooking tutorial for your favourite muffins, but I was more than happy to help, aren't we creatures?"

"Of course," Gabby clapped her talons with enthusiasm, "Derpy always hands out plenty of muffins during our breaks, so learning to bake our own batch is the perfect way to say thank you. You do not want to cross between her and a muffin."

"My sweet, sweet, muffin," Derpy sighed, "I will never forgive that one time a certain blue dragon smudged one that I was about to eat on a wall. I never got the chance to savour that muffin." Derpy's lips began to tremble. The others thought it was best to get things cooking.

"Let's get baking before Derpy floods the studio with tears," Silverstream urged them, "Seriously, what is it with you ponies and crying out waterfalls? Rarity and Pinkie do so in bucket-loads. Anyway, first you need to set the oven onto 180 Celestius and gas mark six. Cream together one-hundred and ten grams, or four ounces, of butter with sixty-five, or two-and-a-half ounces, of caster sugar. This should take around three minutes." Silverstream got to work with creaming the first two ingredients in until thoroughly creamed and fluffy. She passed the bowl to Gabby

"When that is thoroughly mixed together, sieve in one-hundred and ten, or four ounces, of plain flour, one-and-a-half table spoons of baking powder and a pinch of nutmeg, but not much. Mix thoroughly until nice and smooth." Gabby got to work with everything and passed the bowl to Derpy, "I'm so glad that the baking powder being used is the same one to help Gilda spread friendship with."

"You need to let it set for one hour in the fridge, preferably over night, but Pinkie promised to use her friendship-guaranteed quick ingredients," Derpy smiled, "When it comes to baking, Pinkie's got you covered, like me at the till during my shifts."

"A promise is a promise, especially a Pinkie Promise," Pinkie smiled before jabbing a hoof and giving a serious face to Autumn, "Never break a Pinkie Promise, you got that?" Autumn just ducked down and silently nodded.

"Very good," Pinkie went back to normal as if it was nothing. Gabby just passed the bowl to Autumn so she could get to her part. With trembling hooves, Autumn got the paper molds out.

"You need to get about a spoonful of mix into each paper mould and then place the blueberries in. You don't want too much blueberries, otherwise they will burst. You can bigger fruits like raspberries and blackberries, but consider the moisture and size of the berries before adding. Place them in the oven for around 20 minutes," Autumn instructed. Pinkie then placed them in a baking tray and popped them in the oven.

"So how's the post office doing these days?" Pinkie asked, "Got any strange encounters?"

"Hearth's Warming Eve is our busiest time. One time, I mixed up Rarity's present to Applejack and it went to some faraway acorn farm. I got no reply back, so I think they were happy with that surprise present. Another time, Princess Celestia and Luna came to visit because Luna wanted to send her first postcard to her sister since the post office closes at night. I found that a bit strange," Derpy told her stories to the others.

"Remember the time Rarity hauled over a big box of things that Spiked like and you immediately closed the post office thinking it was all for shipment?" Gabby asked Derpy about the incident, which caused her to chuckle.

"There are days when I get into accidents. Believe me, I just don't know what went wrong. One time, I dropped a flowerpot, anvil, hay wagon and piano when on heavy delivery rounds once. I never knew where they landed," Derpy pondered at that.

"So that's what dropped on my head when I was investigating Pinkie's Pinkie Sense!" Twilight growled at the radio.

There was a ding, signalling the hosts and guest that the muffins were baked. Pinkie got them out and allowed them to cool for a few minutes.

"And that's how you bake one-hundred-percent Derpy approved muffins. What do you creatures think?" She took a bite and turned to the others, but they were preoccupied with their own.

"This is way better than when Applejack poisoned the whole town with earthworm muffins. Even Sugar Belle's during Starlight's old village," Pinkie munched happily.

"I wish our beaks were bigger," Silverstream and Gabby said together.

"I'm just glad I'm not the oven this time," Autumn sighed.

"Well, that is all for today, fellow followers. Be sure to tune in for our next show and a big thank you to Derpy for coming over and showing us how to make proper muffins," Pinkie talked as she chewed happily.

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