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Summer is in its way … autumn will come.
The sweetness of summer fruit may be preserved & create desserts for some months. It may be combined w/ fluffy muffins, plain vanilla muffins w/ intense orange flavour. That’s just what I tried to create.
There is some red fruit compote – in Germany it’s called Rote Grütze. Some compote will end up on a bowl & a muffins will dive into this red deliciousness.
Let’s start w/ the muffins – what do we need?
- sugar & vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour & baking powder
- an organic orange.
Start w/ preheating the oven to 160° C fan.
Zest the orange & press the juice.
W/ an electric handhel mixer cream the butter & the sugar – add the eggs & mix until incorporated.
Add the butter-sugar-eggs mess to the mix of flour & baking powder – mix.
Add the orange zest & the orange juice – mix once more.
Line your muffin tin w/ muffin paper moulds.
Distribute the batter evenly in the paper moulds w/ a spoon.
Bake at 160° C fan for at least 15 min. Make the famous test w/ the wooden pin … maybe add up to 5 min to the oven session.
Voilà: 12 fluffy muffins!
(They are delicious even w/o any red fruit compote!)
The red fruit compote …
During summer it’s easy to prepare your home-made red fruit compote:
- Clean & trim about 2000 g of strawberries, morellos, red currants, black currants, raspberries & blackberries.
- Mix w/ 1000 g jam sugar (version 1:1).
- Let it rest for some hours.
- Heat it up, bring it to a boil & cook along to the recommendation of the jam sugar package.
- Fill it at once in clean (big) jam jars w/ twist-off caps & close them at once.
- Put the jam jars upside down & let them cool down.
In general it’s the same process as for producing home-made jam. Because of the amount of fruit the result will be very creamy – not like a jam. That’s exactly how Rote Grütze should be!
Concerning the ingredients:
- Minimum: strawberries, raspberries, red currants!
- Morellos – her at my home – are only available for about 2-3 weeks during summer: so either you are just in this period or you forget about morellos (or you add a glass of morellos from your trusted food store).
- In general all combinations are fine – of course there are classic recipes differing according the region of origin.
I hadn’t left any red fruit compote in my pantry!
(So I relied on some red fruit compote from my trusted food store.)
Just transfer some tablespoons heaped w/ red fruit compote to a dessert bowl & add a muffin, a vanilla muffin w/ orange flavour. (Anybody may split the muffin into pieces & admix w/ red fruit compote … creating a private mess …)
- 100 g butter
- 100 g sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- 200 g all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- zest of an organic orange
- 50 ml orange juice
- 12 muffin paper moulds
- muffin tin (12 muffins)
- electric handheld mixer
- Preheat the oven to 160° C fan.
- Zest the orange & press the juice.
- Cream butter & sugar. Add the eggs – all w/ the handheld electric mixer.
- Add vanilla extract & salt.
- Mix flour & baking powder.
- Add the sugar-butter-egg mess & the orange zest as well as the orange juice.
- Fill into the paper moulds w/ a spoon.
- Bake for about 15-20 min.
- Make the famous test w/ the wooden pin … (after 15 min!).
- Let the muffins cool down.