Jenna’s Blackberry Orange Muffins
Jenna’s blackberry orange muffins spoke to me through the computer. The minute I saw them I decided I had to make them, despite my lack of baking skills.
I had just finished off a pint of blackberries, so that evening I trucked over to the market to buy some more. In the winter I rarely make special trips for one measly ingredient.
My butter went out on the counter to soften, and I waited. And waited. And waited. It took all day for that butter to soften, but the wait was worth it. I mixed up the batter, dropped the muffin tin in the oven, and waited impatiently.
I tried to step away to knit a bit and fold a load of laundry, but every few minutes I went to peek into the oven. Would they be delicious? Or would they be a big disappointing flop? It reminded me of the day our piano was being delivered when I was a kid. I kept trying to distract myself with my Cabbage Patch doll (her name was Cora and she had to be sent to the hospital a few times… long story) but I couldn’t help but peek out the window every 5 minutes, looking for the piano truck. Finally, I gave up on Cora, opened the shades of the window as much as possible, and stood there. I don’t think I moved an inch until the truck came and the piano arrived. Same story now except I’m standing around excitedly awaiting for muffins.
I toasted one in the oven and then added just a dollop of salted butter to each half. Along with a mug of hot water, my evening was complete.
My only note is that these blackberry orange muffins are a bit too sweet for my palate. And the orange zest is a great touch. They are more dessert than breakfast, but that’s ok by me.
Jenna’s blackberry orange muffins are quite simply…. the best taste of a summer to come.
For another taste of summer in the form of fun picnic food, check out this healthier egg salad recipe.