Sweet muffins made with fresh blackberries, small chunks of cream cheese and lemon zest are perfect for breakfast or snack time. You wanna put a glaze on ‘em, go ahead, but they don’t need it.
The last time I made blackberry muffins with cheese, we were still living in Egypt and they were savory with goat’s cheese and thyme. The blackberries added little bites of sweet that were very welcome and worked beautifully with the goat’s cheese.
This time I decided to go sweet, but not too sweet since, remember, these are muffins, not cupcakes. But I still felt the need to add a little something extra and cream cheese is perfect. We put it in savory dishes; we add it to cheesecakes and other desserts. Delicious either way.
2 cups or 250g flour
1/2 cup or 100g sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup or 180ml milk
1/2 cup or 120ml canola or other light oil
Zest 1 lemon
3 1/2 oz or 100g cream cheese
3 1/2 oz or 100g fresh blackberries
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 12-cup muffin tin by lightly rubbing it with oil or use non-stick spray to coat or lining it with paper liners. When I am baking with cheese, I tend to forgo the papers because the cheese can stick to it.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Then whisk the milk, oil and eggs together in a smaller mixing bowl.
Cut the cream cheese into cubes and add them to the flour mixture. Stir well to coat.
Cut the large blackberries in half or thirds, leaving any little ones whole.
Set aside 12 pieces for popping on top of the muffins before baking and put the rest in the flour bowl. Once again, stir well to make sure the blackberries are coated with flour.
Add your lemon zest to the dry ingredients and stir again.
Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ones and fold until just combined.
Divide the batter between the muffin cups and top with the reserved blackberry pieces.
Bake in your preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes in the pan then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.