Messy Mulberries

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Mulberry trees are considered an “invasive” where I live.  It’s true, they really do pop up in inconvenient places, but honestly, how can a tree that produces food really be that problematic?  The berries by themselves are delicious, however, they cannot be saved.  They start to break down almost immediately, so what to with so many?  Why not make muffins?  I like to get my batter prepared first and then run out to the trees and grab as many as I can, then plop them into the batter and bake them.  This is such a nice summer treat, and very inexpensive!  Those of us paying for college educations can appreciate that!  Here’s the recipe I use.  It’s just a standard muffin recipe and can be used for any berry you have on hand.  My blueberry bushes are almost ready and I’ll use this same recipe for those!

Berry Muffins

  • 7 T. softened butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 t. baking powder
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • As many mulberries as you can find!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar together.  Mix flours, salt, and baking powder together.  Add flour mixture by halves to butter mixture and add the milk and vanilla between flour additions.  Do not overbeat or you get tough muffins.  Stir in Mulberries.  Sprinkle tops with a cinnamon-sugar mix.  Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes.   Serve with honey, butter or jam!

 

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