Sunday, 25 August 2013

Birthday Blueberries!

Just a quick one today, a pre-scheduled post seeing as today I'm super excited to be checking out the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market right now! :-)

Hope you all enjoyed my husband's guest post last week - wasn't it good!? Hehe, I loved the cake and was sad to eat the final slice, but I am still posting a little about my birthday...dragging on the great day a little longer!

We enjoyed a fantastic day hiking, at the farm and then blueberry picking!  This was so fun, I'd never done it before and it was even better than I thought.  A perfect time of day for it, and a beautiful farm to do it on!

Earlier this week I made some blueberry muffins - possibly the healthiest recipe I've ever made, especially as I can still call it cake!  They were really yummy, and gave us a delicious snack for our road trip and there are still almost 1.5 litres of blueberries left in the freezer for more blueberry makes and bakes when we get back.


Here's the recipe I used, and how they looked (apologies for only having one instagram photo, it was a rather rushed day packing and teaching piano the day before our trip!)... I do however have some phone photos from our time picking the blueberries, check them out below :-)

Ingredients (Makes 12):

225g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp allspice
115g sugar
3 large egg whites
3 tbsp low fat margerine
150ml plain yogurt (I used 2% greek yoghurt as it is what I had in the fridge!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup fresh blueberries

Method:

1.  Line a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake cases and pre-heat oven to 375°F/190°C.
2.  Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and half of the allspice into a large mixing bowl.  Add 6 tablespoons of the sugar and mix together.
3.  In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites together.  Add the margarine, yogurt, and vanilla extract and mix together well, then stir in the fresh blueberries until thoroughly mixed.  Add the fruit mixture to the flour mixture, then gently stir together until just combined.  Do not overstir the batter.
4.  Divide the muffin batter evenly among the 12 cups in the muffin tray.  Mix the remaining sugar with the rest of the allspice and sprinkle over the muffins.
5.  Transfer to a pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until risen and golden.  Remove the muffins from the oven and serve warm, or place them on a cooling rack and let cool.

Fresh blueberries - nicer than any other blueberries I've ever tasted!





We filled a 2 litre basket each!  We have given some handfuls away, eaten some on their own, baked some into the muffins but also frozen some for another time.


The amazing fields and fields of blueberries!  And the great wagon who took us on a little tour around to our blueberry patch! 


Fresh blueberries and blueberry frozen yogurt (pre-dinner dessert!!) - yum!!


So far a delicious (and a little healthy?!) treat baked with these amazing fresh blueberries... Maybe there will be some more birthday blueberry posts coming soon!  Hope you're enjoying these final weeks of Summer before back to school begins, we're definitely trying to make the most of it!

10 comments:

  1. Haven't thought of ever picking out my own blue berries from a farm! Then you get to pick the best unlike how the stores sell them!

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    1. Yes that is so true - the ones we got were so big and juicy and tasted completely different to the store bought ones - I would definitely recommend finding a farm to do this at!! Thanks for reading :)

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  2. Mmmm all those fresh blueberries look so good!!!! How fun to go to a blueberry farm! And making some blueberry muffins is the perfect way to use them! :)

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    1. It was SO fun yes!! Would definitely recommend it :) Thank you for stopping by and reading all about it!

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  3. Love blueberries- can't wait to try picking my own someday! Saw you on Let's Pour Tea!

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    1. That's so great - thank you for coming by! Hope you do get to try it - it was a lot of fun :)

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  4. Fresh picked blueberries are probably one of my favorite things. Also, LOVE your blog name! Thank you so much for sharing this at the Pinworthy Project Party on Planned in Pencil.

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    1. :-D Thank you for your kind comments and for stopping by! And for sure I am totally in love with these fresh blueberries over store bought - they taste so different! Can't wait to go again!

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  5. Yum! Those look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party this week.
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Natalie :-D

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