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Yogurt Summer Berry Muffins

Yogurt Summer Berry Muffins

I never stop wondering why everything is so disorganized in local kitchen equipment stores. I’ve been looking for a very simple thing – muffin tins with matching paper liners. As a result, I’ve got tins of three different sizes (and all of them are too shallow) plus two packs paper liners that match none of these tins. Great. I’m hoping that if I continue collecting mismatched moulds and paper liners, someday one of the liners will fit in one of the moulds. Until then, I managed to squeeze some very nice liners with floral pattern into my six medium-sized moulds. That looked far from perfection, but better than nothing. The rest of the forms I just greased with butter. So in the end I got a batch of cakes of assorted size and style… and I liked it! Looked kind of informal. A friend of mine once said that although I try hard to put things in order, chaos is my true element. So this time I was in my element, you know :) Now I’m thinking of baking this as one big cake. I think it should look lovely with that colourful marble pattern inside.

I’ve got to say huge thanks to Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen for her post on Apple Yogurt Muffins, which inspired me to make yogurt muffins with fresh summer berries. The recipe worked out great for me, I just substituted margarine for oil and added more sugar (the original recipe highlights that the muffins are meant to be not too sweet).

Aaand then I had fresh berries in my muffins. Two handfuls of tiny sweet strawberries, juicy blackcurrants and tender raspberries that swirled into a beautiful pattern of pink, red, and purple inside these moist, buttery cakes. I loved how the heavy strawberries sunk to the bottom of my mini muffins and coloured them fluorescent pink. The muffins tasted best about an hour after I took them out from the oven – still warm and spreading a lovable sweet smell all around the house, but they were also good this morning when I grabbed a couple before going to the swimming pool. I’m definitely going to bake this as a single loaf on the weekend, when my sister returns from her trip around Central Europe! Thank you Patricia for the great recipe and inspiration!

Yogurt Summer Berry Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 ¼ cups plain yogurt
2 eggs
5 tbsp melted margarine
2 tsp vanilla sugar
1 ¾ cups berries (strawberries, blackcurrants and raspberries)

Original recipe here

Combine all dry ingredients, stir and make a well in the centre.

Combine and whisk all wet ingredients and pour them into the dry mixture. Mix batter with a fork until just moistened, gradually adding strawberries and blackcurrants.

Spoon batter into your prepared muffin tins, adding raspberries into each portion of batter. Raspberries are so tender that I’m sure it’s safer to add them individually. Fill each tin about 3/4 full.

Bake on a medium heat for about 20 minutes.

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15 Responses

  1. Thas says:

    Drool drool, perfect muffins with all berries. How I wish I could make this. Btw I am enjoying with my niece Aleena in India :)

  2. Oh, these are lovely! I would love to try that recipe with berries, too - tks for the great idea and inspiration!

  3. food-4tots says:

    Your muffins look absolutely gorgeous! The texture is so soft and moist! I love to use yogurt and fresh fruits in my baking. Definitely going to try it out! ;)

  4. Alina says:

    Thank you Thas! Great that you find some free time to blog from India as well!
    Patricia, thank YOU! :) I’ve baked this as a single loaf and it was very good too!
    food-4tots, thankee! yeah I chose this recipe because it had yogurt in the batter!

    • Daniel says:

      #6 Had me laughing so hard becsuae I don’t have a scale (to avoid the obession). I weigh myself at a pharmacy and had to think what they would say if I stripped naked! :p

    • What a joy to find someone else who thinks this way.

    • Kamaluddeen says:

      I just discovered your blog while biorswng through your home’s pictures on Cookie. I loved your bird illustrations and immediately went to your etsy shop and purchased the set of 3 bird prints (Ask, believe, receive). I am an adoptive mother awaiting a second child so the pictures were perfect. My sister has been having fertility issues as well (2 miscarriages so far) and it also made me think of her. Thank you for making such beautiful pieces that have Scripture with them!

  5. Lucrecia says:

    versions. This book has a lot of tables, none of which trfsraerned to the Kindle. There are many pages of random lines and dashes with the occasional word thrown in. I will likely look at the paperback in the store to see if it is useful, but the Kindle version is an absolute waste of time.

  6. Tip top stuff. I’ll expect more now.

  7. Now I know who the brainy one is, I’ll keep looking for your posts.

  8. Thanks alot - your answer solved all my problems after several days struggling

  9. Rimpa says:

    These sound scrumptious! But you didn’t say how much Rosemary to use. And isn’t it the ltltie ’stick’ herb? I assume you used powdered? Can you even get it powdered? Am I sounding like an idiot?

  10. Brayan says:

    While I answered via email to this cmneomt, I thought I should post here as well!For the rosemary, I used dried rosemary and about a 1/4tsp but really you can use as much as you’d like, fresh or dried!

  11. Most help articles on the web are inaccurate or incoherent. Not this!

  12. Tingkulu says:

    The video’s really cute and citaerve, I like the music a lot! But please promise me that even if you switch to videos to document your looks, you’ll still post pictures. Something about photographs as a medium, I don’t think they can be replaced by videos. Like e-Readers and books , like, real paper books. I’m staying away from J’s blog need to fit into an old lehenga for a wedding in 6 weeks Rati, what are you favorite fashion shows (Indian)? Bollywood movies don’t really do it for me I just started watching Lux the Chosen One and been watching this season’s Splitsvilla but everything is so meh on there. Any suggestions?

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