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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Raspberry Fool

My Dad had a big raspberry patch which was out of bounds.
I used to hide in there and eat raspberries.
I always thought I got away with it.  


When I saw how stained my hands were after picking raspberries today, I had an epiphany.

They must have known all along!  

I should have been caught red handed!


  
I was such a finicky eater (hard to believe) I suppose they were glad I was eating fruit.  
I felt like a raspberry fool!
But The Cook wouldn't make me one because she fancied muffins.  I can't complain, the muffins were berry delicious.

Raspberry Muffins


Ingredients
225 g self-raising flour
75g plain flour
125g caster sugar
I egg
190 - 250 ml buttermilk or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
190 ml light vegetable oil
200g raspberries

Method
Preheat oven to 200 degrees c.  Grease a set of muffin tins.
Sift flours, stir in sugar and make a well in the middle.  In a small bowl, beat egg, add milk, vanila and oil then pour into the dry ingredients.  Add strawberries.  Stir gently only until flour is completely moistened...do not beat.  Place mix in muffin tins and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown. Stand muffins in tin for a few minutes. Serve warm or cold with a sprinkling of icing sugar on the top.

They were delicious with yoghurt too.


25 comments:

  1. Hazel I can just smell those freshly picked raspberries.
    Yum those muffins look good too. Caesar

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  2. Really truly raspberries -- yum! Tell the cook many thanks those muffins look divine, can't wait to try her recipe.

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  3. These look scrumptious. You should always trust the cook. :)
    Staci

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  4. Ah yummo!!! Well done on how many you have picked from the plant. I love raspberries, they taste great with white chocolate in the muffins too!

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  5. How big is the patch? That’s a lot of raspberries! What variety are they?
    Im planning a patch and am sussing out varieties...
    My mum grows boysenberries and they were so good this year. the fattest i have ever seen! So yummy! But a bit too much nitrogen in the bed and not enough potassium / phosphorus. to many leaves and not enough fruit! Gosh Mum!

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  6. Oh just look at that pile of berries...amazing, I bet those muffins tasted amazing too...

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  7. Yumbo...I wonder if i am doing something wrong with my raspberries..if your still picking them now? we got some ages ago we ate them quick smart and never had anymore..do you have to cutthem back after they fruit to get more??

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  8. Oh yum, fantastic! Oh, and the butterfly may be a little ragged but it is still beautiful!

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  9. There are different types of raspberries that fruit at different times. i don't know what these are. The lady next door had them in her yard and didn't want them so I dug them up and moved them. They are bvery prolifc. I have picked this many once before and there are many more to ripen on the canes. As for soil chemicals...I have no idea. I just added some compost and blood and bone to the bed and stuck them in. The love water, and it has been so wet...and I watered them generously in between. I am going to extend the bed and put in some early fruiters so that we have them for longer. Hazel (on her sister's computer)

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  10. Yum, delicious looking photos, and I can always count on your posts to make me laugh! ;)

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  11. But what about my pavlova?

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  12. What a lovely childhood story, thanks for sharing. And the raspberries, and the muffins, to die for.

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  13. Cook those muffins look very Tasty. Hazel I love the how you just realized now also I think there is another fruit I want to grow. My garden will end up looking like a jungle

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  14. I planted raspberries for the first time last year, they're already in flower and spring is just starting! I am hoping for a bumper crop but also hoping that I will get to eat them and not the crows!!

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  15. The Forbidden fruit is supposedly always the best... Respberries are a favourite of mine too - I like them much better than Strawberries (which have had a better Marketing profile!).

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  16. They are probably the Heritage variety which is the most common autumn fruiting variety in Australia. We are picking ours at the moment as well. If you want some summer fruiting ones, contact the Mad Gnomes

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  17. Yummy!!
    I and my kids love the fruits!

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  18. Looks berry delicious indeed! Suppose i could use your recipe for blackberry muffins this summer (don't think i've ever had a blackberry muffin)?!

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  19. I love raspberries, but if you're going to sneakily pick them off you have to wear gloves :)

    Oh those muffin photos are making me feel hungry....

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  20. We had some of Berry Gnome Respberries last week and it was so sweet. Thank you for sharing the muffin recipe as my boys like them. Hopefully mom would bake some from scrach instead of depending on Betty Crockers.

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  21. I wonder if raspberries will grow in this climate?

    Love your muffins!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, who can resist?

    Tania

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  22. Awesome amount of berries, you must have alot of canes to get that many! We have Heritage variety too, which fruit in Spring and Autumn. We've had loads of fruit this year, due to the rain... but I noticed the Spring fruit were sweeter, perhaps only because we were eager for them by then!!??!!

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