AmazonEncore sent me a copy of Janie Hibler’s “The Berry Bible”at just the right time, because finally, finally, FINALLY, there is an abundance of berries in the universe, and I’ve been hoarding them. Buying up two-for-one containers full of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries and putting them in just about EVERYTHING. Smoothies. Pancakes. Pies. Fruit salads. Tossing them into my oatmeal. Sprinkling them over my ice cream.
I needed some new ideas, and this book has them. Strawberry Mojitos. Brioche French Toast with Sauteéd Berries. Blueberry-Loganberry Ginger Jam. Hot-Smoked Turkey with Blackberry Barbecue Sauce. Strawberry-Rose Geranium Syrup. Damn Good Western Pennsylvania Black Raspberry Pie. Berries in Bittersweet Chocolate. Pages and pages of berry recipes, some using berries I’d never even heard of.
That’s like discovering new planets you can put in your mouth.
“The Berry Bible” also includes an A-to-Z guide to berries (from arctic raspberries to cloudberries, lingonberries, mountain ash and thimbleberries), berry anecdotes, berry trivia and a helpful chapter on “Berry Basics.”
What’s not included?
The 2004 hardback version of this book has photographs; this new paperback version doesn’t. It’s a shame to have a book full of berry recipes – especially one with a glossary of berries – and not a single photograph.
That said, if you love berries, you’ll love this book. The recipes are far from the same old-same old, right down to the muffins. The Berry Buttermilk Muffins I made for breakfast last weekend were light and tangy and cakey, with just the right amount of sweetness from the cinnamon and sugar baked onto their tops and bottoms. And they were chock full of berries. Almost to the point of falling apart. Which means they were just right.
Berry Buttermilk Muffins
Adapted from Janie Hibler’s “The Berry Bible”
Makes 12 regular muffins or 9 jumbo muffins
- Ground cinnamon for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup sugar, plus sugar for sprinkling
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 pint (1 cup) frozen raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or huckleberries
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a muffin tin and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and sugar.
- In a large bowl, sift together 1 3/4 cups flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in the butter with 2 knives or a pastry blender.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. Blend with the dry ingredients until just combined–it will still be lumpy.
- In a separate bowl, toss the berries in the remaining 1/4 cup flour, and fold into the batter.
- Fill the muffin cups to the top, and sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar. (If you’re making jumbo muffins, pour a little water into the empty muffin cups.)
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Serve warm.
142 thoughts on “Berry Buttermilk Muffins”
A great giveaway! I love berries, so those beautiful muffins are for me! Yummy!
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That is a serious bummer about the lack of photos in that book. What were they thinking? Anyway, nice muffins. Hee-hee!
I am taking my kids for a funfilled day at the beach!
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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
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Lindsay @ Being Suzy Homemaker
Those look so yummy and I certainly have a ton of fresh berries right now in my fridge.
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….make these muffins!!!
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Fantastic muffins! I love berries.
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Even if I did get stung all over by wasps the time we went when I was 10…
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take a nap!
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Boring, but necessary.
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buy a bicycle and hit the trails.
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I have been eating so many berries lately that I'm on the verge of turning into one! These muffins look fantastic.
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Go to a baseball game and order a beer and hotdog!
Go to the beach!
SWIM! I've been non-weigh-bearing since April 30th, when I had ankle fusion surgery. I should be able to swim after July is over!
Make a strawberry-rhubarb pie!
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Go parasailing!! I’m at Myrtle Beach for the summer & I need to go!
I am going to host a BBQ to spend time with family and friends outdoors and hopefully get a break! : )
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Drink some beer in the pool.
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Before summer slips away I will do attempt to go to the farmers market every weekend (barring some random trip out of town) and buy our produce for the whole week there,at least finish Twilight (yeah I am dork and seem to find too many things to do,than actually read the book in 4 days as other folks done have that i know) and enjoy being pregnant ( i just found out last week and it's a lot to take,haven't told the family yet,just giving it a few more weeks until my next check),that was a lot,but the summer's plenty long and I'm plenty blessed.
Before summer slips away, I’m definitely going to… bake with as much fresh fruit as possible!
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Definatly going to take a bit of time for myself. Just a quiet day alone baking and enjoying the moment.
Before summer slips away, I’m definitely going to … harvest some tomatoes. We got such a late start in our community garden, but I'm not going to give up hope.
..make lots and lots of ice cream!
Go to the beach, have a nice icy cocktail, and read all those books I've never finished.
convince my husband to buy a new grill!
go to the lake and relax!
. . . Make gallons and gallons of ice cream!
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I'm going to make berry pie…
I’m going to go pick blueberries… if they’d ever ripen here!
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…make your strawberries romanov. Seriously. I live in Portland, and we've been waiting (and waiting and waiting) for summer. It's finally here (as of two days ago) so now I'm just waiting to have some friends over so I can indulge.
Ohhh my gosh. Those look incredible!
A book without pictures? That's such a shame. I love looking at photos of recipes and see how hungry they make me!
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Continue to try new homemade ice cream flavors.
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Eat as much fresh produce as I possibly can. Summer food always seems to be gone so soon.
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Make some jam. Maybe freezer jam, which i have never made.
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Hang up the shelves I bought at the Flea Market! They are going to look great in my Kitchen and make working in my small space much more enjoyable!
make these muffins when I get home tonight! I love berries and its something I always have in the fridge for us to snack on! Thanks for sharing, this book sounds amazing!
Try as many fruity lemonade recipes as I can get my hands on. : ) And slow down!!!
… watch my son consume his weight in raspberries.
I have to make it to the beach eventually!
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Take a day to spend with the hubby.
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These muffins look amazing!
Before summer slips away, I'm planting some flowers.
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…definitely going to stop by Morning Glory Farms here in Middle TN and pick my own peaches, hopefully without getting stung by any bees/wasps! :) Those muffins look heavenly…this is one of my favorite breakfasts/desserts. Thanks for the giveaway!
…plan my fall garden.
I'm going to organize my office . . . unless it kills me.
before summer slips away, I am going to learn how to make berry jam(hopefully from the berry bible and winning this giveaway!)
Make these muffins! They look so delicious!
Go camping one more time!
… finish painting the window sash that I started last spring. (That would be of '09!)
Take my daughter to the beach, I am an inside girl normally.
Go on a road trip!!
Before the summer slips away I'm going to go to the new country market, buy a potload of peaches, plums, tomatoes, etc. everything my car will carry and spend a couple of days making chutney, spiced peaches, jams, jellies, pickles, and will can tomatoes for the winter. I love doing stuff like this and didn't get a chance to last year.
I am definitely going to go on a lazy weekend picnic with my husband.
Before summer slips away, I'm going to make Blueberry Swirl Vanilla Ice Cream.
go for a nice hike somewhere in NH with my boyfriend and our chocolate lab.
Those muffins look spectacular! I had too many bluberries floating around and just baked them into something wonderful last night.
Before summer slips away, I am going to read as many books as I can! Love berries too, so I will most assuredly make this. Thanks for the chance to win! Enjoy the rest of your week!
I'm surprised that this recipe calls for frozen berries. Did you use frozen or fresh? Any precautions if I use fresh berries?
Before the summer ends I would like to get new windows installed and insulation blown in my attic.
…can copious garden goods. it makes winter so much less dreary, no? :)
Before summer slips away I'm going to try a fruit or veggie I haven't tried before. I know they're out there…
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Make these muffins….mmmm I think I need some berries asap.
Before summer slips away, I’m definitely going to …..defrost my freezer :)
go to the beach! :)
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…get my toes in the sand. Somewhere, somehow, I'm getting near the sand and water!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Before summer slips away, I’m definitely going to create a painting featuring a myriad of fruits, INCLUDING berries on a rather large poster AND at some point have a magnificent bake sale (:
I'm definitely going to read one of the trashy chick-lit novels I bought! Preferably on the patio with an equally girly glass of rose.
Make (and eat) as much ice cream as I can!
decide on a dissertation topic (if the good lord's willing and the creek don't rise).
Blackberry barbecue sauce sounds intrguing!
Before summer slips away, I'll start my new job as a nanny and will likely buy a house. In all that, I'd also like to cook up a storm. Also, as a goal, I want to start the barbecue by myself, without guidance, before summer slips away. I'm pretty new to grilling, but I'd love to experiment with it more.
Before summer slips away, I'm definitely going to take a day for just me, myself and I!
Before summer slips away, I’m definitely going to celebrate my birthday with all-homemade food this year (not takeout pizza like last year. *blushes*)
I'm gonna learn to drive a stickshift!
Ohhh my GAAAHHH those look amazing!
Before summer slips away, I’m definitely going to …
Go to the fields in the forest for a day of lounging, reading and fresh fruit!
Before Summer slips away I'm definitely going to make these luscious looking Berry Buttermilk Muffins! This morning I am heading to our local farmers market to purchase those beautiful berries that I've been passing up! Can't wait!
stuff myself on salads, haagen dazs and cold lemonade.
“Before summer slips away, I’m definitely going to …complete a business plan!
Before summer slips away, I'm definitely going to get my house clean..no really..I will!
Before the summer slips away I am going to make up for the June Cobbler Distaster, where I tried to make a cobbler from scratch and failed miserably!
Eat BLTs, gazpacho, and pasta with no-cook tomato sauce with perfect garden-fresh tomatoes.
Before summer slips away I am definitely going to make berry jam to have a way to enjoy those fruits in the winter.
Ahh I'm going to make these muffins!!
“Before summer slips away, I’m definitely going to …” teach myself to cook (seriously).
I've made it by on bland and frozen veggie foods along with fresh fruits. I have now raided the library's vegetarian cookbook section, started a spice collection and have had some good and not-so-good attempts at various meals. I am loving the process and so happy to have come across your blog vis a foodie friend.
Before summer slips away, I want to lay back in a field of daisies and watch the clouds dance overhead.
omgshhhh these look heavenly! so glad to have virtually stumbled upon your blog! hehe :)
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