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A late batch of muffins–Mixed Berry Muffins


I’ve had the first half of the week off work which meant I wasn’t doing the usual muffin mix over the weekend. Late afternoon it dawned on me I had nothing for morning tea. I also had a couple of punnets of blueberries and a punnet of strawberries needing to be used.

A quick online search for a mixed berry muffin resulted in several good candidates. But I settled on this recipe by Ina Garten, from her book: barefoot contessa at home.

Bursting with Berries

I made a couple of changes. One obvious one, I used only two berries. The recipe is for Tri-Berries. I could have added frozen raspberries or cranberries but I was happy with just the blueberries and strawberries. 

Since I was baking these for work morning tea and tomorrow is Thursday I opted to make only 1/2 of the recipe. The recipe said it would make 16-18 muffins. I still got 12.

The recipe is adjusted for 12 muffins using just two berries. Feel free to visit the link above for the original recipe.

Wet and Dry Ingredients

Mixed Berry Muffins


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    1½ teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    3/4 cups yoghurt
    1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
    113gm butter, melted
    ½ cup fresh blueberries
    ½ cup diced fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Raw sugar for sprinkling
  • Heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Line muffin tins with paper liners.
    Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Stir with your hand to be sure the ingredients are combined.
  • In another bowl, combine the yoghurt, egg, and melted butter.
  • Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture, pour the wet mixture into the well, and stir until just combined. There will be some lumps but don’t overmix the batter!
  • Add the blueberries, strawberries, and sugar and stir gently to combine.
    Spoon the batter into the muffin cups to 3/4 the liners.
  • Sprinkle each muffin with a little raw sugar.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the tops are nicely browned.

Mixed Berry Muffin Batter

I was surprised that I got 12 muffins. I originally only put 10 liners out expecting to just scrape enough to fill them. I didn’t skimp on how much batter I used either. The only fussing about was to ensure that each and every muffin got a piece of strawberry. There were plenty of pieces, but they weren’t necessarily evenly distributed.

Mixed Berry Muffins Baked

I love the smell of berries baking. I have suddenly realised that I much prefer strawberries baked to eating them raw. Love them in a Rhubarb and Strawberry pie (must share that recipe), and I love the smell of them being baked.  It’s such an intense jammy smell.

Lots of jammy goodness

I’m definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s morning tea. With light fading I was trying to work fast to get the photos. Which meant that our “sample” muffin was still warm. I also think I prefer my muffins eaten warm from the oven. What would we do without microwaves?

Muffins begging to be eaten

Is it 10 o’clock yet? Well close to 10 … pm.

You may have noticed the recipe called for Cinnamon. Yes I used it. And yes Mr Fussy could detect it, even though I thought it was pretty subtle. He’d have preferred these minus the cinnamon. Since these are not for him I don’t feel the slightest bit bad about the cinnamon. Other than that, these got the thumbs up.


3 thoughts on “A late batch of muffins–Mixed Berry Muffins

  1. Nice looking muffins. Can you tell us what size square of paper you cut, and is there a knack to folding it to fit nicely i to the muffin pans?


    • Hi Alison. I hate to burst the bubble but I don’t make these liners. I’m not sure if you’re in New Zealand or not. I bought these from either Living & Giving or Stevens, they are a Mrs Rogers brand. The liners are sold boxed or in a clear cylinder. I’ve just searched online and they are called Tulip wraps. This is a link for where they are sold, but I’ve not seen them in any of my local supermarkets: http://goo.gl/I6uhq. Hope you can find them easily. Cheers

  2. Thanks Anita. I am in Rotorua so will try at our local Stevens.

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