200g (1 2/3 cups) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
a pinch of baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
115g (1 cup + 1 tbps) sugar
1/4 tsp salt
125ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
60g (1/4 cup) butter, melted
120g (4/5 cup) blackberries
Coat blackberries in two tablespoons of flour. Whisk the leftover flour with pepper, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and salt. In another bowl, combine egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Now pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and add butter. Gently stir using your wooden spatula until moistened and just incorporated. Do not overmix, there should be lumps in the batter. Finally, stir in blackberries. Fill the muffin paper cases evenly to the top. Bake in preheated oven to 180C for 15-20 minutes until golden in color. A toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins has to come out clean.
- The flavor of pepper is quite noticable in the muffins. It is a bit piquant at the beginning and than it becomes a little hot :D Not everyone will like that - especially children may find it too hot and spicy. However, adults are usually surprised by the taste in a good way :)
- You can use either white or brown suger (or both).
The dough is soft, moist, not very sweet and acompanied by slightly sour blackberries. With brown sugar, they get a nice light honey flavour. Although they do contain buttermilk, they are not sour at all. If you decide to try the pepper variant, the taste of the dough will be ordinary at first, but after several bites you start feeling the hot, spicy pepper taste that works well with the taste of blackberries (I recommend using different spice with different fruit). You can eat them plain or with jelly, Nutella... :)
Sweets for a Saturday