These are berrylicious muffins! Bursting with juices and tantalizing fragrance, they are muffins I want to bake every time. It is just perfect in sweetness and in texture.
We are so blessed to have cheap seasonal fruits imports from all over the world. These berries are from the United States, and I usually stock up the ample supply from supermarkets, and keep them in the freezer. This way, I can get them on hand at all times whenever I need for baking.
With some leftover blueberries and raspberries from my last bake, I baked these scrumptious muffins which use all demerara sugar that give extra crunch, and caramelized flavour. I also make a quick buttermilk substitute of milk and lemon juice.
Adding crushed berries give the muffins a naturally sweet fragrance. This is so perfect with a cup of tea.
75g frozen strawberries
75g fresh blueberries and raspberries
240g plain flour, plus a little extra
110g butter, softened
200g demerara sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 190C and line a muffin tray. Toss the frozen blueberries with a little flour and put back in the freezer. Crush the fresh blueberries with a fork.
- Beat the butter in a mixer until it is very soft. Beat in the sugar, then the beaten egg, and mix until well combined. Stir in the mashed blueberries.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/ tsp salt if using, in a separate bowl and mix well.
- Fold half the ingredients into the mix, then half the buttermilk, then the remaining flour and buttermilk. Fold in half the frozen strawberries and mix until just combined, but do not overwork.
- Spoon into the prepared tin, dot the remaining frozen strawberries on top and bake for about 25-30 minutes until risen and golden. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Adapted from The Guardian, How to make the perfect blueberry muffins
A feeling of sadness today at an elderly home
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.
A faithful, jovial and God loving volunteer has gone Home to be with the Lord.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
A new wheelchair bound resident who had suffered three strokes and has kidney problem, cried when we sang the hymn 'He Leadeth Me'. She is only in her late forties.