Saturday, November 27, 2010

Marionberry Muffins - Blue Monday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Each summer I freeze at least one flat of Marionberries to use during the winter months. Marionberries are a blackberry cultivar with a sweetness and complexity that has led the folks who grow and market them to dub them the "Cabernet of Blackberries." That may be an overreach, but I must tell you they do make delicious cobblers, scones and muffins and they are a wonderful addition to sauces for beef and lamb. Those of you who garden might want to know more about how the berry was developed and additional information can be found here. Marionberry muffins have become a part of our holiday celebrations and I made them for our breakfast yesterday morning. The muffins are delicious, easy to make and, while the recipe calls for Marionberries, any type of caneberry can be used to prepare them. There are no hints needed to make these successfully and the recipe is straightforward. Here's how the muffins are made.

Marionberry Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 large eggs
2 cups sour cream
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups Marionberries (blackberries, raspberries or blueberries may be substituted)
Melted butter and sugar for topping

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease and flour muffin cups or line with paper liners. Set aside.
2) In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs and beat until incorporated. Blend in sour cream and set aside.
3) In a separate mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; fold into creamed mixture gently (DO NOT OVER MIX).
4) Fold in Marionberries and spoon batter into muffin pans, filling them 3/4 full.
5) Bake muffins 24 to 26 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick. Muffins are done when toothpick comes out clean.
6) Transfer to cooling racks and while still warm, dip muffin tops in melted butter and then into granulated sugar. Yield: 16 to 20 muffins.

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This post is being linked to:
Smiling Sally - Blue Monday

42 comments:

aipi said...

I like muffins with chocolate n berries..marionberry is a new berry that I have not tried yet, now you got me curious!

US Masala

The Words Crafter said...

I have to copy this and save it for next summer when I can get fresh berries

You made me think of all the times we went blackberry picking and all the chigger bites we received for our efforts!

Katerina said...

I have never heard of marionberries and I am sure we do not have them here in Greece, unfortunately the only type we can find here easily are strawberries. I would love to try those muffins, to feel the taste of these berries.

Ginny said...

How yummy looking! I have never heard of these berries. Phil eats a big plate of berries every other night, and a large part of it is blackberries. But we've never seen these, not even at Whole Foods. Where would you get them?

penny aka jeroxie said...

Never heard of Marionberry? So it tastes like blackberries?

Elin said...

Mary, that was a lovely muffin . Over here we don't have marionberries. It is new to me :) I shall substitute it with blueberries :) Thanks for sharing the recipe. Muffins with sour cream will be nice :)
Have a great Sunday :)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I am also another one who has never heaqrd of marion berries! I bought a new muffin tin the other day so I will try this with what ever berries I can lay my hands on. Diane

EliFla said...

I really like muffins, I'm going to try your recipe with frozen bluberries...and yougurt instead sour cream, that' s really impossible to find here, where I live!!
HAve a beautiful weekend, hugs, Flavia

Jeannie said...

First time heard of these berries, would love to hv a taste if I got the chance:D the muffins look great!

alwayswinner786 said...

Wow... Mary gorgeous muffins perfect for the celebration!
Marionberry is new to me but I wish I could get Marionberry in India!

Have a lovely weekend!

Beverly said...

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Pink Saturday, but I'll enjoy Blue Monday muffins, too.

I hope you are enjoying this holiday weekend.

From the Kitchen said...

As far as I know, marionberries haven't made it to the midwest markets. I think your recipe would accept most any berry and still be delicious.

Best,
Bonnie

bellini valli said...

I have read about Marionberries and would love to try them for myself someday.

Rita said...

I have never herd to Marionberries; very intrigued. I'm sure the must a taste of their own. You muffin looks great.
Hopw you have a nice weekend.

Joanne said...

How sad that I've never tasted Marionberries before! I wonder where I could find them over here. These muffins look and sound delicious.

Barbara said...

I always learn so much from you, Mary. I've never heard of marionberries. And don't think I've ever seen them anyplace. Will be asking at the markets now....

Erin said...

I've never heard of a Marion Berry, but unfortunately, the first thing I thought of when I saw the recipe was the former Washington DC mayer - and I wondered why he had a muffin recipe.

PeggyR said...

Those look delicious. We did have a nice holiday!

Kim said...

Really, Marionberries are inexistant here. These muffins looks terribly good! I'm pretty sure that they would be lovely with raspberries or with blackberries as well!

The Caffeinated Globe said...

I like what you wrote about Marionberries. The muffin looks so good. Thanks for sharing your recipe once again.

Just want to let you know that I recently mentioned you, your blog, and one of your recipes. See for yourself:
http://caffeinatedglobe.blogspot.com/2010/11/holiday-dessert-recipes-3-different.html

tasteofbeirut said...

I would love these berries! from their looks alone it is hard to tell they are not regular blackberries; these muffins sound wonderful the quantities are small I would think it is possible to make a lot more with these measurements.

Monet said...

I received some marionberry jam from Lindsey from Gingerbagelbake, and I have been loving it! I can only imagine how much I would enjoy one of these muffins. Thank you for sharing this recipe...I'm saving it for the day I get my hands on some of these berries!

Mrs K said...

Hi Mary,I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving :)Marionberry muffin sounds and looks yummy.I have to find out about this berry and bake this muffin sometime so for now I have bookmarked the recipe:)

A Year on the Grill said...

why are you writting a food post about the former mayor of Washington DC???

Michael Toa said...

Hi Mary. How are you? I hope you had a great Thanksgiving day.
I never heard of Marionberry. Very interested to give it a try though. :) Enjoy your weekend. Michael

Kelly said...

Yum. Marionberries were something I never heard of until I started food blogging. I have yet to try one though I am still very, very curious. :-)

Mary said...

Erin, I'd love to have coffee with you. You are quick on the uptake, my friend. I like that lots. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Priya said...

Yummy muffins...soooo tempting, never heard about this marioberry, thanks for sharing..

Federica said...

adoro i muffin!!i tuoi sono super meravigliosi!ciao!

Janet Marie said...

What a beautiful rise on the muffins. Marionberries ~ :)

Chef Dennis said...

those are some tasty muffins!! how smart of you to freeze those berries, now you get to enjoy the freshness of summer in the cold dreary days of November!

Pondside said...

We love blackberries, and there are lots of them along the paths and roads up here. I've never heard of Marionberries, but I'd guess that they'd do well here too.

Anna A. said...

Muffins are my arch nemesis no doubt, and since moving to the Pacific NW, I devour anything "marionberry" I can. I like the marionberry oat muffins from His bakery. Yours sounds truly divine, with the sour cream. I will have to try these some time.

Sushma Mallya said...

looks yummy,have a lovely weekend mary,take care

Cherine said...

Lovely muffins. I bet they're addictive!!

In Krista's Kitchen said...

Sounds DELICIOUS! I can't wait for berries to come back in season.

SmilingSally said...

I've never heard of this berry, but I love those blues!

Happy Blue Monday, Mary.

Hooked on Memes said...

We don't have marionberries in British Columbia. Will certainly get some when I visit Oregon.

Blue gingham is so cheerful!

Donnie said...

That is a yummy take on Blue Monday. Loved the checked cloth too. Happy Blue Monday.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Mary, I can honestly say that I have never heard of, nor have I tasted a Marionberry...something new to try. Thank you for this recipe.
♥, Susan

Chris said...

Thanks so much for posting your recipe, I've got frozen Marionberries in the freezer and was looking for some recipes to get them used up before the new season. mmmmm, sweet and tart all at once, it's my favorite berry!

Anonymous said...

Marionberries are very similar to blackberries. I live in Oregon and they are grown in this area. These muffins turned out great. I did add a pinch of cinnamon with the sugar on the topping.

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