Friday, October 21, 2011


Over at the delicious What Kate Baked, Kate has challenged us to bake something tasty for her Autumnal Baking Challenge - and the fruit that screams Autumn to me are blackberries, those delicious fruits that shout "pick me, pick me" as I try to maintain some pace on my  (occasional) morning walks - I'm ashamed to tell you how many times I give up on the idea of exercise and sucumb to the call of the purple orb (actually to the call of the tart/crumble/jam that will be their final destination!!).

I came home this morning with the last of the blackberries (only a few shrivelled specimens left on the bushes now) and found Lilly Higgins' new book Make Bake Love waiting for me - I have been following Lilly's blog Stuff I Make Bake Love for ages (do take a look, you'll love it) - and what could I do but combine the morning's haul and make something from the book using my precious berries.

There are many delicious recipes to choose from (I'll do a review soon - no problem finding recipes everyone will love!) but I alighted on her Blueberry Muffins - and even if I say it myself (!) it was a great decision - the muffins are light in texture but are brim full of flavour, and the blackberries were a fantastic replacement for the blueberries.

Blackberry Muffins

225g       plain flour
1 tbsp     baking powder
75g         Demerara Sugar (I used more as the blackberries were quite sharp)
1             large egg
150ml     milk
40ml       sunflower oil
1 tsp       vanilla extract
150g       blackberries

Preheat oven to 190 C
Fill a muffin tin with 12 paper cases (I actually got 11 good sized muffins from the mix)

Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
Pour the milk, oil, vanilla extract into a jug, add the egg and whisk.
Pour this mixture into the flour and mix gently, remember lumps are good!
Gently fold in the blackberries.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases and pop into the preheated oven.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until golden and risen, and a skewer comes out clean.
Remove the muffins from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.


Karen S Booth said...

WHAT a great way to use blackberries! I LOVE those muffins and look at those berries oozing out.....bliss!

Unknown said...

Deeeeeevine!!!! Love that photo. It screams Autumn no?

Chele said...

Defo autumn in every mouthful with this recipe. Superb - as usual ;0)

scrumptious days said...

The best breakfast ever- yum!

Maria♥ said...

I have some frozen blackberries and will definitely be making these delish muffins.


Victory Rolls & Mixing Bowls said...

These look sooo good!! I bet they're gorgeous warm from the oven x

Gloria Baker said...

Brownie girl yours blckberry muffins look awesome nice for brakfast! gloria

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I love anything with fruit and I truly love berries! These muffins look so moist. I'll bet they are great warm with soft butter and a cup of tea!

Oh the exercise thing . . . I keep fizzling too, LOL!

Janice said...

These look great. Nice simple muffins as they should be.

Unknown said...

Lovely idea for muffins. Great with a coffee in the morning. Yum!

Caroline said...

Oh yum! Love blackberries and in muffins, well, that would definitely make it a good morning for me too!

chow and chatter said...

they look wonderful and how cool to have your own bushes "-)

MissCakeBaker said...

Love the idea of blackberries in muffins. Delicious!

Care Bear said...

So much better to use proper local blackberries in a muffin, rather than imported blueberries. I hadn't discovered Lilly's blog, thanks for introducing me to it! xx

teresa said...

definitely a good morning if you ask me!

Sue/the view from great island said...

All of our summer blackberries are gone...but I can dig into my freezer stash for these! They look wonderful, and I agree, blackberries are the best. I'd never get any exercise if I had blackberries growing along our street.

laura_howtocook said...

I would eat one of your muffins gladly every morning!

Zoe said...

These blackberry muffins are great for all occasions. You must be lucky to get the last few punnets of these berries as I would imagine the season must be ending soon in Ireland.

Pam said...

This would make a perfect breakfast for sure. They look delicious!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

These are the best looking muffins I have seen in a long, long time. I wouldn't have thought of adding blackberries. Great idea :)