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Buttermilk Berry Muffins

I used frozen huckleberries here, but you can substitute blueberries, mixed berries, toasted seeds, dried fruit, etc, etc. I make a rose cinnamon sugar* for the topping, but you can do a straight-forward cinnamon sugar if dried rose petals are hard for you to come by.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups / 5 1/2 oz / 160 g whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 1/4 cups / 10 1/2 oz / 295 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup / 3 1/2 oz / 100 g firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 1/2 oz mashed, ripe banana (~2 med.)
  • 240 ml buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup / 4 oz / 115 g unsalted butter, barely melted
  • 1 cup / 4.5 oz / 125 g berries, plus more for topping
  • rose cinnamon sugar*

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F / 205C, with a rack in the center. Line a muffin tin with papers. I used baking cups here, with those you can skip the tin.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In another bowl combine the banana, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and butter. Stir until blended and uniform.
  4. Gently stir the berries into the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients over dry, and mix until just combined. For tender muffins, do your best to avoid over-blending.
  5. Fill the muffin tins 2/3 full (maybe a bit more than that), sprinkle with more berries and a generous dusting of cinnamon rose sugar.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes (larger muffins on the long side), or until golden-topped, and a tester/toothpick comes out just clean.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 18

Notes

Makes 1 - 1 1/2 dozen, depending on size.

*Make rose cinnamon sugar by combining 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon crushed, dried rose petals.

Adapted from Kerry Smith and the Nityananda Institute by way of Edward Espe Brown's The Complete Tassajara Cookbook and then How to Boil an Egg by Rose Carrarini.