Super Yummy and Kind of Healthy Triple Berry Muffins

I like muffins.  I think I’ve mentioned that before, but they are just the perfect little baked good.  Plus, once you have a good base recipe you can kind of play around depending on your ingredients and how healthy you would like to make it.  My favorite blueberry muffins come from Stillwell’s Bakery here on Maui, and I’m not sure how they make them, but they probably use about a stick of butter in each muffin.  They also have a nice crunchy streusel topping.  When I saw this recipe for the ‘best ever blueberry muffins‘, probably on pinterest, I just had to try it.  However, this morning I only had frozen berries and whole wheat flour.  Plus, since they have a bit of butter I omitted the oil and used applesauce instead.  They were still super yummy.  Hence the title.

Ingredients

Streusel Topping 

  • 3 T white sugar
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 1/3 c flour
  • 5 T melted butter

Muffins

  • 2 c frozen berries (i used the triple berry mix from costco, but i’m sure fresh berries would work fine)
  • 1 1/8 c plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 c wheat flour
  • 1/2 c white flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 T unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 c applesauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

1. Make streusel topping.  Adjust flour/butter to get a nice crumbly topping

2. Put oven rack in middle and turn on over to 400 degrees. Spray or line muffin tin with paper liners.

3. Put one cup of the berries in a small sauce pan with water and 1 teaspoon sugar.  simmer over medium heat about 6 minutes, mash with a masher, then set aside to cool.

4. Whisk together flours, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

5. In another bowl or standing mixer, whisk remaining sugar with eggs, until thick and well combined.  Slowly mix in butter and applesauce. Add mil and vanilla, whisk together.  Using rubber spatula, fold in egg mixture and remaining berries into flour mixture until just combined.

6. Add to muffin tins.  Top each muffin with teaspoon of the cooked berry mixture.  With toothpick, make figure eights to mix the berries slightly into batter. Ass streusel topping.

7. Cook for about 20 minutes.

Healthy Yummy Berry Muffin Recipe

So healthy, you can eat two.

A Tin full of berry muffins, fresh from the oven
Just too beautiful not to photograph

Crispy Fish and Chips

For years we’ve been drooling over the photo in the Barefoot Contessa cookbook for fish and chips.  We’ve tried it a few times, but its never come out crispy.  Finally, my fish chef turned to the ultimate culinary authority, Youtube, for some guidance.  It turns out its the simplest recipe ever, but a very special technique for getting very crispy fried fish.  In fact, it was still fairly crispy the next day, perfect for yummy leftovers.

First, for the batter, combine approximately 3 cups of flour to 1 and a half bottles of beer (you may need less of both, this made fish for probably 6 people, or 2 people who didn’t feel great the next day…, not because of the beer but because we don’t normally ingest that much fried food in one sitting).  If you don’t have or want to use beer, apparently seltzer water has the same effect.  Make sure the batter is nice and thick, these measurements were not exact so just pour in the beer or seltzer until you get a good thick batter, but not too thick!  Put in your hot oil (we used olive).  I’m sure technically there’s a temperature this should be at, but the food should sizzle a bit when you put it in…  another tip I say is to put in the butt of a wooden spoon into the oil and the oil should bubble a bit around the wood.

Now here is the special technique- before you flip the fish, take a large serving spoon and fill with the hot oil and pour over the fish.  Apparently this is what gets it crispy, to start frying that side before you flip it.

For the chips, we julienned some sweet potatoes with the mandolin and fried those up plain, but we’d probably just baked them in the oven next time.

Into the batter went the green beans as well!

Good luck!

Crispy Fish and Chips - Crispy Fried Fish Recipe

Another tip, which we didn’t use here, is to crumble the paper towels into balls so the oil drains but doesn’t get the food soggy, which wasn’t really a problem with this recipe. 

Fried Green Beans
The batter works equally well with green beans, which my fish chef normally doesn’t like (crazy!) – they all disappeared.