Blackberry Pockets

Another blackberry recipe is on the role today … Well I wish I’ll have all the credits but the dough I haven’t done it myself but I bought it. It’s a very good choice and I will gladly recommend it.

Ingredients ( for 9 pockets )

  • 1 package butter puff pastry
  • 3 medium apples
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 ( 1.5 ) cup brown sugar
  • poppy seeds ( optional )

Take the pie dough out from freezer with two hours before using it or leave it in the fridge overnight.

Peel and cut the apples in small pieces. Wash and drain the blackberries.

Put them together in a pot. Add sugar and lemon juice and let them simmer on low heat for about 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain the mixture and let it cool down, but keep the syrup. You have so many choices to use it : over ice cream or you can make a natural juice.

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Unroll one pie dough directly in the tin with the cooking sheet that was provided. Place 9 tablespoons of berry mixture over the dough. Cover with the second sheet and form 9 pockets.

Sprinkle with poppy seeds and bake it for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool down and enjoy them.

As usual, I was craving them too bad so I had a bite right away … yummy !!!

Bon Appetite !


Yougurt Bluebery Muffins

Yogurt Blackberry Muffins

Yes, you might say: no muffins, not again. Still having dear guest over to Sunday lunch I thought the lunch won’t be complete without a dessert. Even dough there were delicious dishes on the table we really tried to leave some room for dessert. Why this recipe? Well because my better half was in a very “blackberry” mood and came home with 10 pints of blackberries.  He said “maybe you want to make a pie or something sweet for the Sunday lunch”. Hm … like I wouldn’t have enough ideas …. 🙂

But let’s start the muffins ….

Ingredients (for a dozen)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Lemon zest from a big lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of grape seeds oil
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Greek style yogurt
  • 12 large blackberries

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and set with paper a muffin thin. Set aside.

In a large bowl mix together the first 5 ingredients.

In another bowl mix the eggs with oil with a whisk until creamy. For about 2-3 minutes. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and whisk for 2 more minutes and then add the yogurt and mix until well incorporated.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir just until well combined.

With scoop fill the muffin tray but not more than 3/4. Put a blackberry in the middle of each muffin and bake them for about 20-25 minutes.

Let them in the thin for about 5-10 minutes and then transfer them on a cooling rack.

You will hardly resist not biting one. I could not resist as you can see in the picture. 🙂


Bon Appetite !

Poppyseed sour cream muffins :)

Last week I have made this amazing lemony and delicious muffins.

Friday morning, before work, I decided to make some muffins but I had no time to go to the grocery store so I opened the counter, looking to see what ingredients I have,when I saw the poppy seeds.

Decision made. Poppy seeds muffins it will be. I have done this version before but I never saved the recipe I used, so this time I had to look for a recipe again. I found one that sounded perfect for me because I had everything I needed right here at home.  My inspiration this time came from the Chatelaine Magazine (  on line )


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter ( I used 1/2 cup of grape seeds oil )
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup granulated sugar ( I used 1 cup of brown sugar )
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup regular sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp lemon or vanilla extract ( I used lemon extract )

Let”s do it

Preheat the oven to 400F. Lightly oil a 12-cup muffin tin or line it with paper cups. In a medium bowl, stir flour with poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate peel from lemons into flour mixture and stir until well mix. Squeeze the 2 lemons into a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar with eggs until well mixed. Add the oil and mix until creamy. Then stir in sour cream, lemon juice and lemon extract until well mixed. Stir in flour mixture just until mixed. Divide the batter between muffin cups.

Bake them in the preheated oven for about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove pan to a cooling rack. After 5 minutes, turn out muffins and enjoy them.:)

Bon Appetite !!!

Halloween muffins ( Pumpkin muffins )

I am not very good when it comes of decorations: cakes , muffins, but I believe you can improve only if you keep trying 😉 This was my very humble try to make some Halloween Muffins 🙂  The muffins turned delicious and funny , I could say.

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Ingredients for the muffins 

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree( home made or canned )
  • 1/2 cup grapes oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Ingredients fort he frosting

  • 1 pkg ( 8 oz ) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
  • 2 cups of icing sugar

Let’s get started

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 12 piece  muffin tin with liners.

In a large bowl whisk together  the  5 ingredients : pumpkin puree, oil, sugar, yogurt and eggs just until well combined.

In other bowl stir together dried ingredients: flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

Add the dry ingredients to the puree cream and whisk until everything is incorporated.

Using  a table spoon or a ice scoop fill in the liners and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick is coming out clean.

Let them cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then remove them on a cooling rack and let them cool completely.

In a large bowl cream together the ingredients for the frosting until smooth and creamy and if the muffins were cooling down start to decorate them using your imagination.

Happy Halloween !!!

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Carrots and raisins muffins

This week one of my co-workers made me such a wonderful surprise and brought me a muffin …so kind of her, thanks Merilyn !!!

I had to ask for the recipe, I needed to make them because they were so delicious and full of cinnamon and nutmeg flavor ….Next day she brought me the recipe with another muffin 🙂 and so said so done …next day I was ready to hit the kitchen to make them …

Ingredients for a dozen

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots ( about 3 medium carrots )
  • 1 cup grated peeled apple
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes ( optional )
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts ( optional )
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Make it :


In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.

Stir in carrots, apples, raisins coconut and walnuts if using. In another bowl beat eggs. Add yogurt and oil. Stir into flout mixture just until combined. Batter will be pretty thick.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups filling almost to the top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Cool for 45 minutes in the tray and then trasfer them to cool completely  on the cooling rack .


Bon Appetite !!!

Prunes Muffins

Ingredients( all the ingredients must be at room temperature ) :

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup sour cream

3 eggs

lemon juice ( from 1/2 of lemon )

lemon zest from a whole lemon

few drops of lemon extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cups all purpose flour

6 prunes divided in half

a few pieces of almonds or walnuts ( optional )

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 12 pieces muffin tray and set up the muffins cups.

Mix brown sugar with oil until creamy, add eggs one at a time.

Add sour cream , lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract.

Mix together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and lightly whisk them  until well combined.

Divide the batter in the muffin cups and add to each one a half of prune and two almonds.

Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean.

Enjoy !!!