Tri- Berry Muffins (by Ina Garten)

I’m truly not obsessed with Ina. Really. The fact is that I pull a couple of cookbooks off of my shelf and that becomes my reading material for a while. My 6 year old recently asked me if I could… for once, just read a normal book.

“I read normal books sometimes,” I said.

“No you don’t, Mommy. You’re always reading about recipes.”

“Well, that’s why they call me RecipeGirl.” I explained. “I enjoy finding new recipes.” (what I really wanted to say is that Mommy has a cookbook addiction that can’t be kicked… and don’t tell Daddy.)

(deep sigh) “Promise me that you won’t read a cookbook when we’re on vacation this summer?”

“Deal.” (and I do mean that… !)

I have no idea why this bothers him so much. It’s not like I’m taking my cooking magazines with me when I watch his little league games or anything (only sometimes!) No- seriously… finding a balance between blogging, reading other’s blogs, my recipe site, exercising, laundry and family is tough. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, for sure.

At least the family reaps the benefits of my cooking. I remind my son every day that not all Mommies cook (and how lucky he is, blah blah blah.) I think he mostly just hears the blah blah blah part. But he really does love most of Mommy’s cooking and requests muffins often. Ina had a couple of muffin recipes, so I made these gorgeous muffins for breakfast: Tri- Berry Muffins.

The name of the muffins indicates three berries- raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. And since those are all on sale and looking good already ’round here, this was the obvious choice.

Funny thing about these muffins- the sugar is added at the end and folded in with the berries. Interesting, huh? This produces a muffin with a delicious, crunchy exterior without having to make a streusel.

We could hardly wait for these muffins to finish baking. The thought of breaking open a warm muffin and having the hot berries ooze out was almost too much to handle.

They were indeed fantastic right out of the oven (and even a couple of days later too.) A major thumbs up from all family members.

This recipe can be found here: Tri- Berry Muffins

And I’m off to read more cookbooks (because the kiddo is tucked safely in bed!)

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43 Responses to “Tri- Berry Muffins (by Ina Garten)”

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    Sarah — April 23, 2008 @ 2:00 PM

    Oh my goodness those look good…I have to try them! Fruit makes them healthy, right? :)

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    Tarah — April 23, 2008 @ 2:25 PM

    Ohhh, I’d been wanting to try these out from Ina. They look so good! Beautiful.

    Glad to hear that everyone liked them. Now I have to try them :D

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    CookiePie — April 23, 2008 @ 2:35 PM

    These look amazing! You’re so right – breaking open a warm muffin and finding three kinds of berries oozing out sounds like a bit of heaven in a paper liner!

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    Nicole — April 23, 2008 @ 2:50 PM

    I hear you about “finding time for it all”. I don’t know how you do it. I HAVE to begin exercising again! But just as I thought I will wake up early, my son did too so there goes that plan! Arrrggghhhh. Time is the worst enemy.

    Muffins look wonderful!

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    Bellini Valli — April 23, 2008 @ 3:15 PM

    Ina’s recipes are always reliable. I’ve never had one fail me. Thanks for the inspiration to make these fruity muffins:D

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    Amy — April 23, 2008 @ 3:36 PM

    I can totally related on the cookbook-reading addiction…and finding time to blog and keep up on other’s blogs amidst life! :) These muffins look just fabulous…I am definitely going to put them on my list to try. Yum!!

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    HoneyB — April 23, 2008 @ 3:52 PM

    How yummy and colorful looking!

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    Psychgrad — April 23, 2008 @ 5:42 PM

    Delicious-looking. I should have made these instead of the loaf I (unsuccessfully) attempted.

    Interesting tip regarding adding sugar at the end for a crunchy exterior.

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    Kevin and Katrina — April 23, 2008 @ 6:13 PM

    I’m totally with you on not having enough time for things. I’ve got four boys! Wish I had more time for baking and reading cookbooks. This taxi mom has had it! Just kidding. Love your blog.

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    Meghan — April 23, 2008 @ 6:22 PM

    These look great! How can anyone not love Ina… and of course, I’d take her house in a heartbeat!

    What a nice blog!

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    Sharon — April 23, 2008 @ 7:36 PM

    Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog and love the recipes you have. These muffins are right up my alley.

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    noble pig — April 23, 2008 @ 7:41 PM

    Ha! I take my cooking mags to little league too…I already have mine packed for this evening! Gasp! There isn’t enought time…I wish humans needed less sleep, that would help….alot.

    These muffins are beautiful…I am obsessed with Ina so I’ll admit it.

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    Melanie — April 23, 2008 @ 8:10 PM

    It is so exciting when fresh berries are in season! These muffins looks delectable! And you aren’t the only one that finds comfort in reading cookbooks – we should start a therapy group or something! Actually, no, because I’m not wanting to get over it. :)

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    Deborah — April 23, 2008 @ 9:47 PM

    I am a cookbook reader as well. It is pretty common to see me sitting in front of the tv, only to be engrossed in a cookbook.

    These sound really good! And I’m intrigued about adding the sugar with the fruit.

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    kate — April 23, 2008 @ 10:33 PM

    They’re beautiful, and I bet delicious. My mother always poked fun at my love of reading cookbooks, but as long as I treat her to something once in a while, she keeps her mouth shut.

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    Cookie baker Lynn — April 23, 2008 @ 10:42 PM

    I’m with you, too many cookbooks to read, not enough time to bake through them all.

    These muffins look really good. As soon as my blueberries ripen, I’ll have to give them a try.

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    VeggieGirl — April 23, 2008 @ 11:26 PM

    Haha, no worries – I admit that I AM obsessed with Ina’s recipes (and I ADORE her show on Food Network)!! Those berry muffins look heavenly.

    By the way, congratulations on the blogging awards!!

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    Lina — April 24, 2008 @ 12:10 AM

    hahha yea, I know what you mean. My husband pretty much said the same thing to me today… “Do you really need to buy more cookbooks?” By the way, those muffins look crazy good!

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    Kevin — April 24, 2008 @ 1:56 AM

    Its true, there aren’t enough hours in a day. :) Those muffins look really good with all those fresh berries in them.

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    Proud Italian Cook — April 24, 2008 @ 2:17 AM

    I like eating muffin’s cause they’re so small and I don’t feel so guilty eating them. These look so good, I’ll definately be trying these out, I have some great looking berries from Costco to use up. Thanks Lori

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    Michelle — April 24, 2008 @ 6:41 AM

    I enjoyed reading your post as it rang a little close to home. I never seem to have enough time either and am addicted to reading cookbooks. Also, Ina is one of my absolute favorites. I have to tell you, now that my kids are older and in college, they really appreciate a mom who cooks and come home a lot. I like to think it’s to see me but I know it’s just for the food. Oh, well.

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    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — April 24, 2008 @ 7:11 AM

    Great muffins! They look a heck of a lot healthier than the triple berry ice cream I made yesterday! Hmmm. I’ll bet they’d go pretty well with that ice cream…..

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    diva — April 24, 2008 @ 8:20 AM

    wow!! pretty! and i bet it tastes awesome. i love fruit muffins, love it when it’s got summerfruit in them. :D

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    Grace — April 24, 2008 @ 8:55 AM

    as if fresh berries weren’t tasty enough on their own, you have to go and surround them with butter and cinnamon? my tastebuds and i thank you. :)

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    Peter M — April 24, 2008 @ 11:30 AM

    I like the psychedelic look to them and no argument about the flavour…they are from Ina!

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    Tracy — April 24, 2008 @ 11:54 AM

    I read cookbooks in bed at night. They help me fall asleep. If I read a “real” book I end up staying up to watch it.

    And I love Ina. Love her laugh, her food, her house…

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    Manggy — April 24, 2008 @ 1:53 PM

    Ah, one day he’ll be off to college eating instant ramen, then we’ll see! :P

    Beautiful muffins. Of course, I have an incurable love affair with berries :)

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    Elle — April 24, 2008 @ 2:44 PM

    I’ve been known to have cookbooks permanently attached to me. Can’t help it, they’re just so much fun to read!

    Love those gorgeous muffins! Very interesting with the addition of the sugar at the end!

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    Mary Coleman — April 24, 2008 @ 4:46 PM

    Groom has gotten used to climbing over cookbooks to get into bed.
    I can’t wait to try these muffins.
    And remember, obsession sometimes is not a bad thing!

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    Cakespy — April 24, 2008 @ 5:14 PM

    Much ado about muffin! These ones look awesome!

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    Anonymous — April 24, 2008 @ 6:12 PM

    Ain’t nothing wrong with reading cookbooks… take it from me, I’m studying literature!

    I’ll try to bake these muffins soon, I’m so looking forward to that. Thanks very much for sharing!


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    Emiline — April 24, 2008 @ 7:31 PM

    I’m like you-I’m constantly reading food books and magazines.
    I get made fun of a lot of the time.
    You’re a busy gal, that’s for sure.

    These muffins look delectable. I love that sugar trick.

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    DC Newbie — April 24, 2008 @ 7:44 PM

    These look fantastic! I have a neighborhood brunch on Sunday and I think these will be perfect!

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    Nick — April 25, 2008 @ 12:16 AM

    They look delicious, those are some incredible pictures. I love fresh berries, they’re so versatile. I’ve been meaning to find a good marinade of some sort for beef, pork or chicken that incorporates fresh berries.

    - The Peanut Butter Boy

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    Isa — April 25, 2008 @ 1:45 AM

    Oh, your son is so cute! I’m addicted to cookbooks too… and to cooking sites and blogs, to Martha Stewart, to cooking itself and the worse, to eat! Haha. But it’s true. Not everybody has someone who cooks delicious stuff at home…
    The muffins look delicious. I’ll have to try them when berries are in sale here (in like 6 more months!)

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    Flanboyant Eats — April 25, 2008 @ 2:44 AM

    girl, i don’t like ina so much. she bores me to death but my mom seems to really enjoy her recipes. and i do too, sometimes. it’s just her voice and slow motion!

    but i love love love this recipe!

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    Leah — April 25, 2008 @ 3:47 AM

    I was on an Ina kick this week too — I made her mac and cheese with cheddar and gruyere — oh Lordy, was that delish.

    The muffins look yummy, maybe I’ll feed them to my kiddos for breakfast!

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    Karen — April 25, 2008 @ 11:35 AM

    Seriously…these look incredible. And it’s not just because I haven’t had bread in a week (okay, that’s part of it). Those berries look amazing. This might be the first thing I bake when Passover is over!

    I read cookbooks in bed before I go to sleep. Doesn’t everybody?


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    Rosie — April 25, 2008 @ 11:40 AM

    I really like Ina too, infact I was watching her this morning on uktvfood channel. Those tri-berry muffins look amazing!!

    Rosie x

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    Jeff — April 25, 2008 @ 12:31 PM

    Sounds like an awesome healthy start to the morning.

    I can sympathize with the cookbook addiction. I have an entire bookshelf near the kitchen with a perfect butt mark from sitting in front of it and flipping through pages.

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    Lore — April 25, 2008 @ 12:45 PM

    What’s better than a berry muffin? A tri – berry muffin :) ! Since I’m the most fanatic berry fan I use them often but I’ve never once combined them with cinnamon. These photos will “haunt” me til I’ll give them a try!

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    Sophie — April 26, 2008 @ 4:08 AM

    those berries not only make these muffins look oh-so colorful, but also mouthwatering! i bet they’re really moist. i would bake them right now, but i’ve got someone else’s recipe for lemon rolls in the oven at the moment :) .

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    cook eat FRET — April 28, 2008 @ 3:47 PM

    these sound absolutely wonderful
    i could use one right now