Sunday, August 4, 2013

Blueberry Picking

It's blueberry season! There are several farms in Georgia that allow you to go to the fields and pick your own blueberries! Although it takes some work to find the freshest, plumpest blueberries, the hard work yields amazing results. Not only are the blueberries cheap ($1.99/lb), but you can sample along the way! It's a great experience and tons of fun. They are cheap, delicious, and they are organically grown!

There are tons of things you can do with blueberries! Eat them fresh, use them in a smoothie, decorate cakes/tarts, make blueberry muffins, make some pancakes... There are so many options! I used the blueberries to make blueberry muffins. Use this recipe to make brunch for the family or have a breakfast on the go. It's easy, quick, and you don't need a mixer!

Blueberry Muffins (makes 18 muffins)
1 Stick Softened Butter
1.5 cups Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1.5 tsp Baking Powder

3 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1.5 cups Blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Use your hand to mix butter, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder together. Do this by squeezing/rubbing the mixture between your fingers repeatedly.
3. Stop mixing just before it becomes a dough. It will have a crumbly texture.
4. Whisk together milk and eggs.
5. Add liquid slowly to the dry as you mix with your hand to incorporate.
6. Fold in about 1 cup of blueberries.
7. Scoop about 3/4 of the way up in muffin tins lined with paper muffin cups.
8. Put a small handful of blueberries on top of each muffin.

Oat Topping
1 cups Oats
1/4 cup Brown Sugar 
1 tbsp Butter

1. Melt butter.
2. Use your hands to mix brown sugar and oats with the melted butter until completely incorporated.
3. Top each muffin with a small handful of topping.
4. Bake for 25 minutes, until the center springs back when pressed and the color is golden.

Unfortunately, blueberry season's almost over. So make your way to a local blueberry patch and get them before they're gone!

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