Savour food – Prairie Fruit Muffins with Hazelnut Topping – #recipe for @AlbertaatNoon

Plump juicy haskaps better known as honey berries and bright orange Sea Buckthorn

Plump juicy haskaps better known as honey berries and bright orange Sea Buckthorn

Edible Landscapes and Prairie Hardy fruit from The Saskatoon Farm in DeWinton, Alberta were the topics I discussed on Alberta at Noon this week. Here’s the recipe I developed to manifest this fun theme in our Alberta kitchens.

Prairie Fruit Muffins with Hazelnut Topping

Ingredients

mixing wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls prevents the overstirring that causes tough muffins

mixing wet and dry ingredients in seperate bowls prevents the overstirring that causes tough muffins

1 ¾ c unbleached flour (preferably organic and locally milled like Highwood Crossing Farms)
½ c cane sugar
3 t baking powder
½ t salt
½ c non-salted butter, melted
1 c skim milk
1 egg, beaten
1 c mixed prairie fruits (I used ½ cup each sea buckthorn and honeyberries but Saskatoons work well)
½ c hazelnuts, peeled and sliced thinly
2 T brown sugar
1 t cinnamon

Who knew you could grow hazelnuts in Alberta?

Who knew you could grow hazelnuts in Alberta?

Method
1. Preheat oven to 375°F
2. Line muffin tins with non-stick liners, or butter them or spray with a vegetable oil.
3. Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl.
4. Combine the butter, egg and milk in another bowl.
5. Add the fruit to the flour mix, disperse and then add the wet ingredients.
6. Stir just to moisten (over mixing will cause tough muffins).

This spoon helps mix quickly which prevents tough dough

This spoon helps mix quickly which prevents tough dough

7. Distribute the batter to make 12 muffins.
8. Combine the last 3 ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle a little over the dough of each muffin.
9. Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes.
10. Enjoy with some Sea Buckthorn tea if you please.

Sweet balanced by tart & the rich flavour of hazelnuts

Sweet balanced by tart & the rich flavour of hazelnuts

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