Saturday, June 5, 2010

Early Harvest


Raspberries are the first thing to ripen in our garden. Maybe because we haven't planted anything else -- don't want to rush, what if we get a late season frost? Ben has been carefully collecting these beauties for several days and yesterday we had the required 1-1/2 cups so that I could make muffins. Here's the recipe:

Plant a berry bush (from Baker's Seed Farm in Marshfield)
Wait three years
Pick berries as they ripen and save up till you have 1-1/2 cups

Serves 12 Hands-On Time: 15m Total Time: 45m

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (Rumford's aluminum=free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or coat it with cooking spray, vegetable oil, or butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 3/4 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup of the sugar, the baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and combine. In a second bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla. Gradually add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined; the batter will be lumpy. Toss the berries with the remaining flour in a bowl. Gently fold the berry mixture into the batter.
  3. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining sugar. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.
But, that's not how I do it -- I just dump everything into the bowl, except the berries and stir with a whisk until well mixed then gently toss the berries into the batter.



And there's a ton of raspberries on the vine -- I'll need more recipes!

1 comment:

  1. Here's my recipe: "Walk up to berry bush. Stick out right hand and using thumb and first two fingers, carefully pick the ripest berry you see. Toss into mouth and chew and swallow. Smack lips. Repeat as long as the berries hold out!" Yummy!

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