Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries are in season right now. Oh happy day! In order to celebrate, a big batch of blueberry muffins was called for.

I can take no credit for this recipe. Go over to Brown Eyed Baker, and follow her directions to a T.  You’ll be golden. And you’ll thank me. These are dense, creamy muffins, bursting with blueberry goodness. They scream summer! If blueberry muffins aren’t your thing, check out some of her other muffin recipes. You won’t regret it. Promise.

I wanna know: What’s your favorite summer berry? Do you like them plain? Bake them into a pastry? Make a pie?

Clearly Superior Berry Cobbler

Sometimes, you bake something and it’s OK. Not blow-you-over-amazing, but still decent. It will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth’s craving, and you might even bake it again. But you’re not so unswervingly dedicated to it.

And then sometimes, you tweak it a bit. You read a few more recipes,  you add a couple of ingredients, maybe swap one or two, and you’ve found IT. And IT is clearly superior. True story.

IMG_5056Black Raspberry Cobbler

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of berries (any you’d like!)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 tsp. sugar (divided)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbs cold butter
  • 1/4 cup milk

To make the cobbler:

  1. Pour one cup of berries into ramekin. Lightly toss with 1/4 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine a scant 1/2 cup of flour, 1 Tbs. and 1 tsp. sugar, and 3/4 tsp. baking powder.
  3. With a fork, mix in 1 and 1/2 Tbs. cold butter.
  4. Once combined into a crumbly mixture, add 1/4 cup milk.
  5. Mix into a wet dough, and put on top of berries.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the dough with sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes (until the top is golden brown, and no longer doughy).

Sweet berries, fluffy cobbler crust: what’s not to enjoy?

Black Raspberry Crumble

Maybe it’s the frugal, Dutch girl in me, but I really can’t get over picking free berries. I went back. I’m addicted. I’ll probably go again tomorrow. I just can’t get enough.

Using this recipe for ingredient ratios, my little cornflower blue ramekin for portion control, and the berries I picked, I made dessert. Black raspberry dessert, to be specific.

Blackberries

plus crumble

equals:

Black Raspberry Crumble

Adapted from My Culinary Sanctuary

  1. Blend 1/4 cup flour with 2 Tbs. cold butter. Use a fork to incorporate the butter with the flour; you’re going for a crumbly consistency.
  2. Add 1/8 cup brown sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Mix with fork.
  3. Fill ramekin two-thirds of the way with berries. Sprinkle with small amount of white sugar, if desired. Pour crumble mixture on top. You might not need all of the crumble mixture. Use just enough to cover the berries.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or until golden brown on top).
  5. Invert into bowl and top with whipped cream. 

Interested in more ramekin sized desserts? Check out Apple Crisp for One and Ramekin Spice Cake.

I wanna know: Are you baking anything this weekend?

Black raspberries

For free! There are wild black raspberries that grow by the campus soccer field, free for the picking. Love it.

Oh summer berries, how I love thee.

Whenever I pick berries, I eat about 25% of what I pick. Straight off the bush. It’s the way to go, I’m convinced. On my way home, I was contemplating all of the wonderful things that I could do with my bucket o’ berries. Cobbler? Crumble? Pie?

The verdict? Yogurt and granola and berries. Simple. Refreshing. Tasty.

I wanna know: What’s your go-to summer treat?

You can’t get better than ice cream in my book!

July goals

June was quite a lovely month. It’s my birthday month! The roommates made me a sign at the office. Guess where I sat 🙂

And here we are, onward and upward to July: the month of all things summer.

  1. Pick blueberries. Freeze some, eat most.
  2. Make the most perfect scones in the world with some of those blueberries that I picked.
  3. Cook 2 more recipes from 101 in 1001 . Make one of them meatloaf.
  4. Save pennies so that vacations planned for August can rock!
  5. Focus on relationship: lots of great people are in town the next few weeks, and I don’t want to waste the opportunity to spend time with them.
  6. Go paddle boarding on the lake.
  7. Read! Pick some books to buy with birthday gift cards.

Nice and simple goals this month. The way it should be.

Happy summertime!