Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Berry Season: Blueberry Muffins and Berry Picking

Here in Connecticut, we are in the middle of berry picking season.  This is a fun activity to do with your kids, or it can just be a nice outing for those who want to take home some super-fresh fruit.  One of my favorite things to make with super fresh berries are blueberry muffins, so I thought I'd share a quick and simple recipe for the best blueberry muffins ever.  Yes, ever.



Gather:

1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 egg

1 cup fresh blueberries

Do:

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix well for even distribution.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients (aka make a bowl-shaped pit in the flour but don't get all the way down to the bottom of the bowl).  In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients.  Pour the wet ingredients into the flour well and mix until just combined.  Add the blueberries to the batter and fold in carefully as to not break the berries.

In a standard sized 12-muffin tin, fill each well 2/3 of the way with batter.  Bake for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees until the edges start to brown lightly.  Cool for a few minutes and then move the muffins to a wire cooking rack.

(Or, do what we do and take them out of the pan piping hot and eat them.  Either way.  (Just don't get burned!))





On a berry hunt and need to know where can you find berry farms in Connecticut?  Our members and friends have some great suggestions.  Check in with each farm before you go to see what they are currently picking so you don't waste a trip:
Where are some of your favorite local berry farms?  What do you do with the fresh fruit?  Share in the comments below!

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