Blueberry muffins were a staple of my childhood, the Betty Crocker kind where you buy the box and pull out the little tin of squishy berries. Mom would let me mix them in... Ahhh, nostalgic memories. When I moved away to college (I like my muffins bursting with berries), I used the muffin mix but bought my own fresh blueberries. Pure heaven to have a muffin just oozing with whole blue blobs, and a much fresher taste than the tin-can berries. But there is life beyond the blueberry muffin. My Amish friends make apple muffins, rhubarb muffins, and even peach muffins. The Amish settlements in Maine, where blueberries are a staple, heartily embrace blueberry muffins. And then there are raspberries. Fresh raspberries in the summer mixed into a muffin batter makes a delicious snack (I had one for breakfast this morning). Above is the photo of the delicious devils, I think Rachel took a beautiful picture. Below is a photo of whole raspberries going into our muffin batter, who needs a little squishy can when you can use fresh! The Amish Cook's raspberry muffin recipe calls for a bit of lemon extract, so there's a hint of citrus to balance out the zip of the raspberries. Here is the recipe for raspberry muffins:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 cup light cream
- ½ cups oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1½ cup red raspberries
- In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients until well blended. Add wet ingredients, adding the raspberries last. Stir until moistened. Do not overmix. Spoon into 18 muffin cups, greased. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until muffins test done.
Rachel did take a beautiful picture, nice set up--Raspberries are my favorite fruit,except for the little seeds that stick on your molars:( Is that too much gross information?
I planted 3 golden raspberry canes a few summers ago in my front yard,they are really growing well now & spreading.Gold ones are super hard to come by. Too fragile for shipping to stores.
Nice photo and I'm about to make these muffins. I'm hoping to make a batch of raspberry ones and a batch of blueberry ones as well. That is if no one has eaten the fruit I bought last night. They look yummy!
I am in the process of selling my house and buying a new one. My granddaughter who lives with me said the yard has to be big enough to plant fruit and veggies. I asked her what kind of fruit? She said raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, pears and apples. I knew she'd want to plant all of her favorites! She loves to garden and knows how to make jam and preserves. She's almost 9!