Friday, May 22, 2015

RED raspberry, WHITE chocolate & BLUEberry Muffins

On a patriotic American holiday such as Memorial Day or July 4th, it is fun to serve foods that are red, white, and blue. I did a little experimenting in my kitchen yesterday, and created a muffin recipe showcasing these patriotic colors.



I could call these "Memorial Day Muffins" for a another reason besides their patriotic colors: they bring up some long- ago memories for me! 

When I make muffins, I often use a recipe I've had since my eighth-grade Home-Ec class! Pretty tried
and true after so many years, don't you think? The sight of the crumpled recipe reminds me of giggling afternoons, as my friends and I baked cakes and made macaroni-and-cheese at school.  

This recipe connects me to my past.


old recipe, muffins

This Basic Muffins recipe has been a starting point for a variety of different muffins I have made. Adding berries to it today meant that I had to modify some of the quantities of the other ingredients, because of their high water content.  

In fact,  I changed the recipe quite a bit! I reduced the amount of milk, used vegetable oil instead of melted shortening, increased the amount of sugar, and added white chocolate chips, coconut, and a topping of sugar to the original recipe.  I first made a batch of muffins using a "triple berry blend" of frozen raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. 


frozen berries


While the triple berry muffins were delicious, the blackberries were a little too large, and the black and blue overpowered the red. 

I tried again, this time using frozen blueberries and fresh raspberries. Perfect!


muffins, blueberries, raspberries, white chocolate chips



These muffins are best served warm, on the day they are made.

Here's the recipe. Three cheers for the red, white, and blue!  


muffins,





Red Raspberry, White Chocolate and Blueberry Muffins.

Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/4 tsp. Almond Extract
Dry Ingredients
2 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut, flakes or shredded
Fruit
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
Non-stick cooking spray
Sparkling sugar sprinkles or raw sugar

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease about 12 - to - 18 muffin tins with cooking spray. 
1. Whisk wet ingredients until well combined.
2.  Mix dry ingredients well.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients all at once. Mix just until dry ingredients are dampened and incorporated; batter may still be lumpy.
4. Very gently fold in berries, trying not to break too many of them.
5.  Fill muffin tins half to three-quarters full with batter. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
6. Bake muffins about 18 - 22 minutes, until golden brown. Carefully remove from muffin tins when cool.

Note: This recipe was created at high altitude. If you live close to sea level, it might be necessary to increase salt to 1 tsp. and baking powder to 3 tsp. for best results.

muffins

Whether you make these to celebrate an American holiday or for any other reason, I hope that you enjoy them!

Do you have a favorite muffin recipe?

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12 comments :

  1. Haha! Me with a muffin recipe, that's hilarious! I use good old Betty Crocker when I get brave enough to go near the oven! I'm still nursing a burn on one finger from dinner rolls and a cut on the other from my mandolin slicer! It's much safer when I order out! These are beautiful! Happy Memorial Day!

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    1. I think they sell "cut-proof" gloves Rena - you may want to invest in some! These are easier than they look - Happy Memorial Day!

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  2. Oh, these look SOOO good! For Canada Day, I could simply leave out the blueberries, right? I usually eat them as I'm cooking anyways! :)

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    1. They would still be delicious with just raspberries, just increase the amount to compensate for missing blueberries. And they would be beautiful in red and white. (I'm pretty fond of the colors of Canada as well!)

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  3. Yowzers but these look delish! And yes I could be like Diane and retake out the blueberries for Canada Day! Happy Memorial Day to you.

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    1. My son couldn't stop eating them, so I think the recipe is pretty good! Hope you just had a good Victoria Day, Kelly!

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  4. They do look great Muffins are on my list of currently forbidden foods. Like almost all treat food...

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    1. Your will-power astounds me. I wish I had some of it!

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  5. Yum, these sound delicious and they're beautiful! Will definitely give them a try. I still remember cooking in 4H with my friends, but I don't think I have any of the recipes left - what a great memory!

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    1. I chuckle every time I get the recipe out of the box, Lana. It does speak to my tendency to save things - but this one has been well-used!

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  6. Just writing to let you know I'm featuring and pinning these muffins at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop tonight!! Stop over and check it out :)

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    1. I love the Wonderful Wednesday Blog hop, and I am so honored to have my post featured there! Thank you so so much - I always find amazing posts there, and try to never miss it!

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