I can't believe I've never, ever thought to seek out frozen berries before. Why ever not? How come these affordable little punnets of juicy goodness have never entered my life before now? A friend told me about them a few weeks ago, told me to get myself to the freezer section in Aldi and purchase myself some frozen berries for £1.49. Absolutely delicious, she said, stir them into Greek yoghurt and top with granola for a yummy breakfast. I was kind of expecting a mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, but when J came home with them ticked off the shopping list, I discovered he had bought Black Forest Fruits. This is a mix of blackberries, sour cherries, blue grapes and blackcurrants, but still very delicious looking and perfect for the indulgent breakfast I was craving.
Yes, the Muffin Craving hit me this morning with absolutely no warning, bam! just like that. I had fully been intending to make toast, but before I knew it I had the oven on, my apron over my pyjamas and was busy baking up my breakfast. First of all I took a generous handful of the frozen berries, popped them into a bowl and gave them a quick 30 second blast in the microwave to semi-defrost them. You can put frozen fruits straight into muffin batter, but as the cherries and blackberries were rather large I defrosted them a little first so's that I could scissor-snip them up.
I used my fabulous Easy Peasy Muffin recipe, topping each fruit laden dollop with a sprinkling of oat granola breakfast cereal (with slivers of almond) before popping them into the oven. I twiddled about for 25 minutes while they baked, I honestly couldn't wait to get them out and inhale my freshly baked fruity, muffiny breakfast.
Oh, sooooooooooooo good. They looked just so SO good when they came out of the oven! Light, golden and fluffy, and bursting with juicy fruit.
I immediately set about making myself a mug of coffee to accompany my warm Berry Muffin. I get asked a lot about my coffee you know, about how I make it and so forth. Well.....I use my wonderful, extremely fantabulous Nespresso machine (a present from J which I love to bits and press into action multiple times a day), and my low-tech bit of milk-frothing kit. The milk frother is called the Bodum 1446 Latteo Milk Frother, and it really does just what it promises. That is, it produces a thick, frothy milk, perfect for adding to freshly brewed coffee, plus it gives your upper arms a bit of a mini workout at the same time (we're talking vigorous, manual pumping here, jigging those bingo wings!). So now you know my coffee secrets ;)
The muffin was delicious. It was quite sharp tasting (a funny thing...I gave one to Little B, telling him it was a weeny bit sharp, and he looked at it alarmingly asking if it was going to cut him, awww bless!). This is a low sugar recipe anyways, and the berries weren't particularly sweet (well duh, sour cherries, I kind of forgot that when I added them in, that they would taste sour). But as a breakfast muffin, accompanied by a mug of good coffee, they were pretty perfect. Certainly no complaints from the Little People either, they thoroughly approved of this type of breakfast fodder.
A yummy start to the day. Might even have to do the same again tomorrow.