More blackberries…

January 28, 2018

I had extra blackberries from the blackberry cobbler I made earlier in the week, so I decided to use them for Sunday morning breakfast.  I had contemplated making blackberry pancakes with a blackberry sauce to go over them, or my blueberry teacake with a substitution of blackberries.  In the end I went with a recipe I found from Elephant Eats for a semi-healthy berry muffin. I love the texture of muffins with oats in them!  These did not disappoint! The original recipe was for blueberries; I used blackberries and I’m sure any berry would be delicious.

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Berry Oatmeal Muffins
(adapted from Elephant Eat’s recipe)

3/4 cup white flour (+ 2 Tbsp for tossing berries)
3/4 cup wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup plain greek yogurt (I only had non-fat greek VANILLA- worked fine!)
1/2 unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 and 1/2 cup berries (I used blackberries!!)

Combine the dry ingredients (excluding brown sugar), set aside. Combine yogurt, applesauce, egg, vanilla and brown sugar; add this to the dry ingredients. Mix just until moistened/combined. Toss the berries with extra flour. Gently fold berries into batter. Grease muffin tins or use liners. Bake at 400* for 18-20 minutes.
**This recipe supposedly makes 12 muffins, however I ended up with 12 regular size muffins and 5 jumbo muffins. I filled the muffin cups nearly to the top of the pan.


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Blackberry goodness…

January 23, 2018

Every good recipe has a story; whether it’s who you received it from, where you first ate it, who made it for you, or who or what special occasion you’re making it for, chances are you’ll associate these things with that least I do. I especially love recipes that I’ve received that are in the giver’s own handwriting. I love the memories that accompany or are associated with the recipes. It’s similar, I believe, to the fact that sense of smell and memory are closely related; particular smells often evoke specific memories for people.

Yesterday I took advantage of the fact that blackberries were on sale! My hubby thought I was cleaning out the store, but I had a particular blackberry cobbler in mind I wanted to make. I don’t pick or purchase blackberries often so I knew exactly what I would use them for; they would be put to good use in this cobbler.

The story or memory behind this particular recipe involves one of our sweet new neighbors (neighbor, as in 3 blocks down the street – same thing 😊 ) and family friend who brought us this yummy cobbler to ‘welcome us to the neighborhood’ shortly after we got married and moved in to our new home. It was so sweet, but she is indeed a very sweet lady. Not only is she a neighbor and family friend, but she also happens to be a former coworker and the nurse that oriented me when I was a new RN just starting at the local hospital. (Funny thing is she went on to be a school nurse as well.) A very sweet lady… Who makes a killer cobbler; I was thankful she shared the recipe. (How cute is this recipe card!?)

So, I made this yummy cobbler for a neighbor (friend and coworker) as well! My family and I enjoyed some week night company; my poor kids talked her ear off. I made a new chicken recipe with green chilies and cheese too; but my favorite part by far was dessert! (Big surprise 😛 )

Blackberry Cobbler
(Recipe adapted from Ms. Betty’s)

1 1/4 cup flour
Dash of salt
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup milk

4 cups berries
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp corn starch
1 1/4 cup water

Stir dry ingredients, then cut in shortening. Then add milk, stirring with fork. Set aside.
Prepare berries as follows: In a small saucepan combine 1 cup sugar and 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Bring to a boil, then whisk in corn starch, once boiling again, stir in berries. (May need to add a small amount of corn starch again.)
Pour berries into greased 9×9 pan; drop dollops of biscuit like mixture on top of berries.
Bake at 350* for approximately 20-25 minutes, until cobbler is lightly brown.

Sprinkle with some sanding sugar for some extra goodness! (I forgot to do this tonight!)

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Enjoy with a neighbor!