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What Are Raspberry Muffins?

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  • Written By: Kathy Dowling
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 18 July 2017
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Raspberry muffins are fruit muffins that are made by combining flour, baking powder, and sugar, as well as butter, milk, and eggs until a muffin mixture is formed. Combined along with cinnamon, raspberries are added to the mixture, which is then baked until golden brown. While this is a standard raspberry muffin mixture, there are many variations in recipes that also combine other fruits, such as blueberries and pears, and different ingredients including white and dark chocolate. These muffins are great to have for breakfast and dessert or as general snack throughout the day. By adding raspberries, these muffins also provide a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to an individual’s diet.

Making raspberry muffins is a quick and easy process that begins by first sifting into a bowl flour and baking powder. Once the dry ingredients have been mixed, the butter is then melted and combined with the sugar, milk, and eggs to form a runny batter. Cinnamon is added for flavor and this combination is then added to the dry ingredients by forming a small hole, or well, right in the center of dry ingredients and then pouring in the liquid mixture. When combined and mixed thoroughly to form a muffin base, raspberries are added.

In order to bake raspberry muffins, the muffin mixture needs to be poured into a muffin tray that has been lightly greased with either butter or oil. The muffin tray should then be placed in a pre-heated oven at anywhere between 350° and 390° Fahreinheit (appx. 180° and 200° Celsius) depending on the oven strength. Once cooked for approximately 20 minutes, or when the raspberry muffins have risen and are golden in color, they should be removed from the oven and left to cool for at least five minutes before being served.

While raspberry muffins are great to serve on their own, they can also be served with different toppings for added taste. Some variations in recipes include serving them with almond pieces or topping them with icing sugar. Recipes that include white or dark chocolate within the muffin mixture may also add chocolate shavings on top of the muffin when it’s ready to be served.

Adding raspberries to a muffin mixture is a great way to achieve added health benefits within an individual’s diet. The fruit is well-documented as being one of the many super-fruits alongside others such as blueberries and black currants. It has proven health benefits for both heart and eye function, as well as brain function and aging. Raspberries are red in color and are one of the most popular berries grown worldwide due to their delicious taste.

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