Berry Muffins

Moist and packed full of fruit, these tempting berry muffins have an exotic touch of Fiori di Sicilia.

Berry Muffins | Moist, packed with berries  and irresistible!

Knitting Group

Some of you sweet friends have asked about my latest knitting project. Ha.ha.ha. The true knitters in my group would buckle over in fits of laughter. Here is my full disclosure: I knit one ugly scarf and unknit it when I finished. My standards are much higher than my talent. So I bring food. I have a willing audience who will give me an honest critique. The croquants were a miss.  My frozen chocolate mousse cake a home run. These muffins arrived late as did their baker, so care packages went home with my friends. I kept two for myself, though, and tried to eat just a half with my afternoon tea. But each bite was a delightful combination of sweet berries and tender cake. I am proud that I only gobbled up only one and not both!

Berry Muffins | Moist, packed with berries and irresistible!

Flavor Options

Vanilla extract was a given, but these berry muffins would also be fabulous with the addition of some orange zest. I learned from Dorie Greenspan to rub the zest into the sugar to help release the aromatic oils. But instead of zest, I used another favorite flavoring, Fiori di Sicilia, which is a mixture of citrus and vanilla. It was marvelous with the berries. Be forewarned, though, don’t be heavy handed. 1/4 teaspoon was plenty for a dozen generous sized muffins. Don’t worry if your pantry isn’t stocked with Fiori di Sicilia, though, as they will be heavenly even without!

Berry Muffins | Moist, packed with berries and irresistible!

Berry Muffins

Serves 12-13 muffins     adjust servings

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Moist, berry filled muffins flavored with fiori di sicila

Ingredients

  • Blueberry Muffins…adapted from America's Test Kitchen
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia flavoring, optional
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh blackberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Using another bowl or large Pryex measuring cup, whisk egg for about 20 seconds, add sugar and whisk well, then slowly add melted butter. Add sour cream and whisk to combine. Mix in flavorings.
  3. Add berries to dry ingredients and toss. Add sour cream mixture and fold in gently with spatula. Do not over-mix, but make sure no obvious pockets of flour.
  4. Scoop batter into muffin tin. Bake till golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes. Remove muffins from pan to wire rack and cool slightly before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 235kcal Calories from fat 83
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Carbohydrate 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 18g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Comments

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Oh I would love these! I know we can get that flavoring at KAF, but I keep hoping to stumble upon some at HomeGoods one Saturday:@)

  2. I love spongy fluffy muffins with berries 🙂 So good with coffee in the morning 😀

  3. Muffins look fantastic!! Perfect for an evening snack

  4. I’m not dué in the seam so I’m like you, I do the cooking! I saw your lovely muffins in facebook, they are irresistibles.
    I like your English dishes ?! Happy monday !

  5. Now I want a) muffins and b) to knit something.

  6. Now that’s great self control, I know I wouldn’t be able to resist these beauties. I have knit in a really long time. Maybe I should bring out the needles too.

  7. nibbles by mic says:

    Love a good muffin recipe and these are perfect for Spring!!! YUM!

  8. Fiori di Sicilia sounds lovely in these! The sour cream must make them tender and delicious too. I think I would have devoured both remaining muffins in one sitting!

  9. They look beautiful!

  10. Oh Liz, these look perfect for your afternoon tea. You make me laugh about the knitting. I’m your scarf is beautiful – you’re just a perfectionist…

  11. I am very good at starting a knitting or crocheting project and never finishing it lol. Gorgeous muffins, berries…aw summer !?!? Got to give Fiori di Sicilia a try!

  12. Love the look of these, must remember them for the summer!

  13. You are too funny! These muffins would be a hit at any gathering, I’m sure. Love those pretty berries!

  14. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Liz, yes, your are funny indeed! And your muffins with all those berries look so very tempting! Beautiful and elegant presentation! That white porcelain basket is very pretty! And so is your china!
    Andrea

  15. Liz, these sound fantastic and Fiori di Sicilia sounds sassy for this muffin 🙂

  16. I love these muffins, and I’m jealous, as it’s almost impossible to get here fresh raspberry/blueberries (and the frozen ones are very expensive)

  17. Berry muffins are my kryptonite! And now I must track down this Fiori di Scilia…it sounds like it might be a great “secret ingredient.”

  18. Awesome bakes, dear! I’ll be going for some afternoon tea & certainly looking fwd to some nice muffins too. xoxo

  19. These are lovely and so fit for the summer time 🙂

  20. I love muffins that use sour cream, they are so tender. A serious winning combination here, they look amazing!

  21. I can see that I have been planning my routes of travel around the city all wrong. Definitely all wrong. I need to change them all so I can swing by your place first…and help myself to whatever it is you are making (okay, not the chocolate days, but days like this for berry muffins for sure). These look so beautiful and sound so delicious. Marking this one to try as Mark eats muffins for breakfast on weekdays…they are easy to grab and go on his walk to work, lol! Portable food at its best.

  22. Lizzy,
    Love your berry muffins. I would probably have eaten both. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
    Annamaria

  23. Hi Liz, you are so brave to join a knitting group, good for you! Love these muffins!

  24. I love having berries in muffins. These look wonderful.

  25. i would take a berry muffin over any other muffin any day! This looks amazing

  26. Mmmm. Your muffins do look delectable. Thank you for the intro to Fiori di Sicilia…BTW Is there anything you can’t do? You knit, too?!!!? I bet your scarves are splendid!

  27. Yes! Berry season is right around the corner which means I can make lots of these muffins!!!

  28. Bursting with flavor and perfect with a hot beverage. You have such restraint Liz!

  29. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    berries make every dish a beautiful painting…these muffins with berries cheering out in terms of flavor and color can make breakfast special any day…delightful baked treats,thanks 🙂

  30. wow, these look beautiful! must try them out 🙂 http://sprinkleandglitter.blogspot.com/

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