Monday, August 08, 2016

Berry muffins, fit for the Queen

Kuningannamuffinid ehk vaarika-mustikamuffinid. Raspberry and blueberry muffins.

For some reason, our northern neighbours, the Finns, call dishes containing raspberries and blueberries (well, actually bilberries) kuningatar-this and kuningatar-that, the prefix kuningatar- meaning the queen. I'm yet to conduct research why this is so (any Finnish readers out there who know? Ritva, perhaps?), but here are some delicious summer muffins containing blueberries and raspberries - and would hence be called kuningatarmuffinsit or "queen's muffins" in Finland :)

I call them simply:

Summer Berry Muffins
Yields 12 regular muffins

100 g butter, at room temperature
125 g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla sugar
2 eggs (L)
50-100 ml (about 4-7 Tbsp) milk, buttermilk or kefir
120 g all-purpose flour or fine white spelt flour
60 g wholemeal flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
200 g blueberries and raspberries
pearl sugar (optional)

Cream the butter and sugars until white and soft (I use the paddle attachment of my standing mixer). Add the eggs, one at a time, and whisking thoroughly after adding each egg. Pour in the milk.

Mix the dry ingredients (flours and baking powder), fold into the egg, butter and sugar mixture.

Finally, gently fold in the berries.

Line the muffin pan with paper muffin liners, then divide the muffin mixture into the muffin cups. Sprinkle with pearl sugar, if you feel like.

Bake at pre-heated 200 C (390 F) for 15-20 minutes, until the muffins have risen and are lovely golden brown.

Let cool a little and serve.

These are best on the day they are baked. Here's a sneak peek to the inside of the muffin: my instagram muffin-pic

Kuningannamuffinid ehk vaarika-mustikamuffinid. Raspberry and blueberry muffins.


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Anonymous said...

That combination of berries is also used in Sweden to make compote (kräm ) and jam (sylt) when its known as "queen compote" (drottningkräm) or "queen jam" (drottningsylt). I have no idea why it's called that either but I remember my granny (born in the 1920s) being very fond of it. Blueberries were easy to find and pick in season but us grandchildren needed search far and wide to find enough wild raspberries. It was always considered a bit of an occasion to have enough raspberries to make it instead of "blueberry soup," well blaeberry to be more correct. Now I live in Scotland since a long time and it's easier to forage raspberries than blaeberries.

Lovely muffins. I cheated a little and used frozen blueberries for the wild kind. Thanks.