Comfort Food Friday
Happy Friday! Today, rather than a dinner recipe, I am sharing my recipe for berry muffins. I make these muffins every week and have one as part of my breakfast every morning. They are quick and easy to make and they are delicious too. I read years ago that it is smart to have the same thing for breakfast every morning if you struggle with what to have and then end up eating either too much, not at all, or all the wrong kinds of food. It stuck with me and I have kept with this philosophy. It certainly makes the mornings easier. My breakfast choices have changed a few times over the years, once I pick it though, I stick with it for quite some time. The only exception is Sunday brunch. I reserve the option to indulge at Sunday brunch!
Here are the ingredients you will need.
The first thing I do is combine the buttermilk, eggs, and canola oil in a 2 cup measuring cup. This can be done in a bowl, as the recipe states, I find it much easier and less mess though to start with the buttermilk in the measuring cup, crack the eggs right in there, and then pour in the oil.
Next, mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. I use whole wheat pastry flour to make the muffins, you can use all purpose flour too. My family likes them better with all purpose flour, I like the healthy factor of the whole wheat though. Up to you.
Add the lemon zest. This is optional. I find that the hint of lemon enhances the berry flavor and gives the muffins an extra oomph. If it doesn't sound good to you, skip it.
All stirred up and ready to go.
Mix the buttermilk, eggs, and oil well in the cup. I use a fork for this.
Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients. I use the same fork to stir the batter.
I almost always use frozen berries and I like a mixture of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. You can use what ever kind of berries you prefer. I also like a lot of berries in my muffins so I use two cups of mixed berries. I pour the berries right into the buttermilk cup to measure. My family prefers less berries so if I am making them and I know they will be around the eat them I only put in about one cup of berries. Please let your taste determines the amount of berries used.
Mix the berries in. Again, I use the same fork, a spatula would be gentler though!
Distribute the batter into the muffin cups evenly (the scoop really helps with this!) This muffin tin is well loved. My mom sent this to me, along with a bunch of other kitchen essentials, when I moved into my first apartment. It is old! Every time I use it, it reminds me of how thoughtful my mom was and makes me happy.
The finished product!
Here is my daily breakfast - oatmeal, a muffin, and grapefruit juice. This has been my go to meal for the past four years. The muffins bring me comfort lol.
Please let me know if you try the muffins! I sure hope you do. Happy weekend.
See you on Manic Monday,