Well, it's safe to say I've not been here for a while! I commented to my husband the other day that I hadn't done any baking or sewing in aaaaages, and his response was: "it's summer, there are far too many other things to be doing".
And I think that's probably what' s happened here. I've been busy arranging hen dos, attending weddings, bridesmaiding, holidaying in Italy, mountain biking, visiting family.... all of which has meant that I've not been working on my domestic goddess skills, or blogging!
But, now the autumn has arrived and with it has my desire to get baking and enjoying the best of what my favourite season has to offer. And when I realised that a slightly unsightly bush in my garden was adorned with blackberries, I just knew that I wasn't going to stay out of the kitchen for long.
My plan for today had been to get diy-ing and tidying up the garden, but after a bit of an incident on my mountain bike yesterday, I haven't really been able to do much with my right arm all day. In times past this might also have meant that I couldn't have baked either, but due to the joys of my Kenwood Chef mixer I was able to get stuck into a simple blackberry muffin recipe this afternoon.
I found a recipe online for these muffins. It was very simple and didn't need any fancy techniques or ingredients, just a bit of mixing and dolloping into the muffin tray. After dolloping, the muffins looked like this:
And twenty minutes later they looked more like this:
After leaving them to cool, the Mr insisted that we needed to try them with a nice cup of tea. And the verdict? Not as flavoursome as I had hoped, but I don't know if that's because this was an early picking of blackberries, so perhaps they could've been a little riper. I would also be tempted to add a touch of vanilla essence next time. That said, I won't be turning my nose up at the rest, which I intend to enjoy with a large serving of custard!