Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Raspberry Muffins with Raspberry Bittersweet Glaze

It's the perfect time of year to enjoy plump, juicy berries available in every farmer's market and grocery store. And this chocolate lover knows that raspberry makes a wonderful pairing with dark chocolate. I also was in a major baking mood yesterday - something that happens at least once every couple of weeks :)

So out came my ancient muffin pans, new muffin papers, baking ingredients, and a saucepan paired with a small stainless steel bowl that creates a perfect double boiler for melting chocolate. I also plugged in the food processor, where I've whipped together countless recipes of quick banana bread.

These muffins take most of their sweetness from fresh raspberries and the silky chocolate glaze enhanced with a bit of raspberry liqueur. Adding a little sugar to the glaze will easily adjust the sweetness, plus a dollop of raspberry jam. They're great for dessert - or for breakfast!

Raspberry Muffins with Raspberry Bittersweet Glaze

Makes 12-15 muffins

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup yogurt

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 eggs

1/4 cup honey

1 pint fresh raspberries, rinsed and sorted

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Raspberry Bittersweet Glaze (see below)

fruit-sweetened raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In food processor, pulse oatmeal and walnuts until ground fine. Add all other ingredients and blend thoroughly. Fill 12-15 cupcake papers 2/3 full. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center.

Cool for 10 minutes. Remove cupcake papers and add Raspberry Bittersweet Glaze:

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1-2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur
5 tablespoons water, to thin
sugar as needed, one teaspoon at a time

In double boiler, melt together chocolate and liqueur. Add water until mixture thins so it is spreadable. Add sugar if additional sweetness is desired, and more water to maintain thin consistency. Spread on muffins and then top each with 1/2 teaspoon jam. (VOE - may substitute fresh berries for jam)

Top each muffin with 1/2 teaspoon raspberry jam.