Friday, May 16, 2014

Mistakes Can Be Good - Sometimes!

One evening last week I came home from work with the intention of doing some baking. I had taken out, what I'd thought was partridge berries to make some muffins before I'd left home in the morning. In the summer we spend a lot of time picking berries and other fruit to do us throughout the winter. I usually package them up in small vacuum sealed bags so that they stay fresh longer. And, there's just enough in a bag to make a batch of muffins or whatever else I decide to make.

Anyway, I came home, got out the ingredients to make some partridge berry muffins, but for some reason the bag of berries didn't look right. They were awfully small and looked redder than partridge berries. On closer inspection I realized that what I'd taken out was pomegranate arils. 

Now, I've never used pomegranate to make muffins and I wasn't quite sure you could make muffins with pomegranate. But, I had them out and thawed and I wanted muffins. So, I sat down, wrote out a list of ingredients that usually went into muffins. Didn't know if it would taste good or not, but there was only one way to find out. So, I went to work and started mixing ingredients together. And boy, am I ever glad I wrote them down because these are some of the best muffins I've ever tasted. Much better than partridge berry, although, I love those too. I've decided that this recipe is too good to keep to myself. So, here it is.
Pomegranate -Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 cups flour
½  cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
½ cup oil
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pomegranate arils
1 cup chocolate chips
1 egg (beaten)
½ cup butter

Cream butter and sugar. (I used real butter, not margarine) Beat egg with a fork until yolk and egg are combined. Add vanilla, oil and beaten egg to butter and sugar and beat again for a few minutes until well combined.  Mix baking powder, baking soda and flour together in a bowl and add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, starting and ending with flour.

Stir in pomegranate arils and chocolate chips.
Spoon into muffin pan, filling cups a little more than 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
And there you are. I hope if you decide to make them that you enjoy them as much as we do. Sometimes mistakes can be a good thing. Not always, but this time, it was.

Until next time, happy baking and happy sewing!

Please take a minute to let me know what you think of this recipe should you decide to try it. I would love to know if you liked them.

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  1. Good mistake, haven't tried them, but sounds good.

    1. I was surprised at how good they were. I will definitely be making them again.

  2. I never knew pomegranate seeds were called arils and that they could be frozen! The muffins do look good!

  3. Thanks! I was a long time finding that bit of information out myself. And the muffins were delicious! If you ever decide to try making them, let me know what you think.


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