The rain of spring has finally given way to the sun around here. While the endless rain was somewhat irritating, it brought us nice fat blueberries this year and the sunshine is finishing the job by ripening them.
So when I had guests this past weekend, I couldn't wait to use some of those early blueberries in muffins for an outdoor brunch. I love that this recipe doesn't require any gadgets other than bowls and a spoon, so it's quick and easy.
In the interest of getting more fruit into our diets, the next time I make it, I think I'll try increasing the total amount of fruit from 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups, because it's all about the fruit!
Blueberry Mango Muffins
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon white vinegar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, + extra
1/2 cup blueberries, washed
1/2 cup fresh mango cut in small chunks
squeeze of lemon
Preheat oven to 400. Butter 12 muffin pan.
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Lightly whisk the eggs. Pour the vinegar into the milk, then mix with the eggs and butter. Using only 10-12 strokes with a large spoon, combine the dry and wet ingredients. Add the fruit and lemon and mix with 2-3 strokes of the spoon. It will be lumpy!
Fill the muffin tin 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy at an al fresco brunch!
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