What do these have in common? Mosquitos!
Behind our broken down old pole barn a wonderful bramble of black raspberries has taken up residence. We had a patch of them down near the garden a few years ago but had knocked that down and turned it into a burn pile. About three years ago we noticed that canes were growing in a stone pile behind the barn. It gets a nice watering from runoff on the roof and a lot of sun in the morning. We’d gotten some berries the last few years but this year when we went to investigate it was a pleasant surprise. Lots of large berries and many more to come. We’ve had a lot of rain which has helped the berries get juicy and plump but the rain has also nurtured the mosquito crop. I went down to pick yesterday afternoon and came running back to the house to get some protective wear. I first sprayed my legs and ankles with Off and then put on a raincoat to protect me and my arms from the thorns which are as big as the berries. It was worth it, look at these berries. I’m thinking of muffins but so far everyone keeps walking by and grabbing a handful so I think muffins will have to wait till after another expedition to mosquitoland.
This just in… I wrote the above yesterday but today Curt went down in the morning while the mosquitos were sleeping and picked twice what I had gotten a day ago. Muffins were made! Here’s the recipe:
3/4 stick (6T) unsalted butter – melted
1/3 C milk
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 -1/2 C flour
3/4 C sugar
1- 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 C berries
Combine in a small bowl the milk, eggs, vanilla. In another bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the melted butter into the dry mixture, then add in the milk mixture. Mix well till smooth. Gently mix in the berries. Fill muffin cups. I used silicone muffin cups so I didn’t have to grease the pan. Prepare whatever type pans you are using. Bake 375degrees, 18 – 20 minutes. Test with toothpick. Makes about 16 small muffins.