There are so many good things to eat from the garden in these last few weeks of summer and early autumn that it's hard to keep up with it all. I'm still picking raspberries and made these muffins with some of the fruit that didn't make it as far as the freezer - needless to say, the muffins didn't make it into the freezer either but then they are particularly delicious when they are still warm from the oven!
I recently read that the sale of potatoes has been falling over the last few years in favour of rice and noodles! So, in support of the humble (but in my opinion, magnificent) potato I have included a favourite potato dish that is perfect for an autumnal evening and can be rustled up in no time. E.L.
Raspberry and Vanilla Muffins (Makes 6 large muffins)
For the muffins:
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
125g caster sugar
100g butter, melted
150ml full fat milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
200g fresh or frozen raspberries (do not defrost)
For the topping:
50g butter, cubed
50g plain flour
30g dark muscovado sugar
Heat the oven to 190ºC / Gas 5. Line a deep muffin pan with 6 large paper muffin cups.
To make the topping: Place the butter, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl and quickly rub in the butter. You could do this with a fork as you do not want to overwork the mixture – it should remain quite lumpy.
To make the muffins: Combine the flour and baking powder in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and caster sugar until they are light and fluffy then gradually stir in the melted butter, milk and vanilla essence. Fold this mixture into the dry flour - being careful not to over mix - then finally stir in the raspberries.
Divide the mixture between the muffin cases - the cases should be quite full - then sprinkle about a tablespoon of the crumble mix over each.
Bake for 30 -35 mins until they are well risen and a skewer inserted into the centre of the muffins comes out clean.
Note: for speed, ease or fewer calories, you can skip the crumble topping but taste tests confirm that it does make the muffins exceedingly yummy.