As summer family traditions dictates, my family flocks to the Gulf Islands, where my grandparents have a gorgeous waterfront property that generations have visited year after year. Returning to the same small island where little changes and life is much more simple and slow, just the way we like it. And the scenery never gets old either.
A tradition within the tradition revolves around my cousins and I pricking our bare arms and legs in mountains of overflowing brambles as we fill ice cream buckets with blackberries. More blackberries than you know what to do with. Naturally, a good portion of them never make it to the bucket and stain our fingers and tongues a dark purply blue. But those that are safely transferred home are turned into pies, galettes, sauces and muffins. This is the classic family muffin recipe that is interchangeable with any berry you have on hand, either fresh or frozen. I watched my mom bake this batch, since no one makes them quite as delicious as she does. For this recipe, you'll need:
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 6 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 vegetable oil or melted butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups blackberries
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl and mix together.
2. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients.
3. Add the blackberries to the well. In a liquid measure, mix the milk, oil/butter and vanilla, then add to the mixing bowl.
4. Mix together all ingredients in the bowl until just combined.
5. Into a greased muffin tin, add generous spoonfuls of the batter. Bake the muffins in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 40 minutes, until browned on the top and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. The bake time will vary based on the size of the muffins, so keep checking back after about 30 minutes.
These muffins are so decadent and sweet it tastes like eating a cake without all the guilt. They are light, fluffy and flaky, and if made with butter have such a creamy, melt in your mouth flavour. An instant hit with anyone who tries them, this is recipe to always keep on hand for potlucks or get togethers, especially for a breakfast or brunch.
Does your family have any special summer traditions? Are there any recipes you and your family love to create or eat together?