Berries, Berries and More Berries!

July 1, 2010 — 5 Comments

One of the best things about summer is going to a farm and picking berries. Not just because I love a good deal, because I do and it is SO much cheaper to pick your own. But also because it’s fun, it’s great to do with kids, and it’s a fun way to chit chat with friends as you pick the berries. I love activities that serve many purposes!

We were able to pick blueberries, strawberries and raspberries today. I don’t know that I’ve had better berries honestly and now I’m in the midst of freezing them, making muffins and tomorrow I’m making some jam. I find great satisfaction in preparing food that we can easily eat later.

The muffins are SO good that I want to share the recipe with you all. It’s one of my favorites. I make them often and freeze them and then take them to friends having babies or needing a meal, or for any reason really. These are a fantastic treat. In fact after they came out of the oven tonight Jenna said, “Are we taking these to a neighbor?” She knows the drill so well.

Berry Cream Muffins with Strudel Topping

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar (I use 1 1/2)
  • 1 cup veg. oil (I use 1/2 apple sauce, half oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups sour cream or vanilla yogurt (or a mixture of both)
  • 2 cups berries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. flour
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs. butter, softened

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 24 muffin cups ( I use 12 reg. sized ones and 12 large ones). In large bowl beat eggs, gradually add sugar while beating. Continue beating while slowly pouring in oil. Stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture alternately with the sour cream. Gently fold in berries. Scoop batter into tin.

Prepare the topping and sprinkle onto muffins. Bake for 20 min.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do and that you get a chance to get out to a farm near you and pick some of your own berries.

I’d even love to hear if you have favorite recipes or things you like to do with berries.

Jody

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5 responses to Berries, Berries and More Berries!

  1. that looks so good… especially after three weeks a cafeteria food…

  2. I can think of a million reasons why you should make me some of these. I’m having a baby (this Christmas). I just moved (two months ago). Ok…I’ll make my own!!!! Seriously, I may make them tomorrow.

  3. So Jody, why don’t you go to Global Staff Women and post your recipe there–under recipes on the Message Board. They look and sound wonderful!

  4. YUM. I might break my “travel only as a family” rule to come get some of those.

    Barring that, I’m taking down the recipe. Maybe I’ll trying a berry-picking date here this summer. Never done it, though I love to make jam. Can’t believe blueberries are already ripe over there!

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