Posts Tagged ‘raspberries


Raspberry Whole Wheat White Chocolate Chip Muffins

I’ve been working through some new muffin recipes for Ottawa’s next Social Media Breakfast (October 19, as it happens) and arrived at these muffins. I really wanted to figure out a sweet muffin recipe in addition to the standard banana-nutella ones I have on hand, and I think these fit the bill. The whole wheat lends a wholesome quality, while the sweetness of the white chocolate chips complements the tart raspberries.



1/2 cup spelt floour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

pinch cinnamon

pinch salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup demerara sugar (or brown sugar, if you can’t find demerara)

1/2 cup canola oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup white chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 375º F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours with the cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, demerara, canola oil, eggs, and vanilla. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Add the raspberries and white chocolate chips and stir until just combined.

Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake at 375º F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in a muffin comes out clean.

Makes about 12 muffins.


Taste it, Now make it! French Mojito

Whenever I travel, I try to seek out good places to eat. The positive sides of this are endless: finding places to return to, having the best meals I can, trying new things…but the negative side is, you can only experience that first dish once, and usually it’s a while before you can experience it a second time, depending on how far away the destination is. So, I’ve decided to launch a series where I attempt to replicate dishes from my favourite places, to fill in the interim before I can return.

The first taste I’m working on is the French Mojito, from The Middle Spoon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. If you have any kind of sweet tooth, this is the place for you. It is a haven of cocktails and cakes. I went 2 nights in a row on my last visit to Nova Scotia, and I’m sure there are multiple trips in my future. I think it’s one of the best things to happen to Halifax’s restaurant scene. The Middle Spoon combines delicious desserts with craft cocktails using only the freshest ingredients, and everything on their menu is a memorable item.


I tried the French Mojito with the Peanut Butter Pie on my first visit, and both were heavenly. However, it was the French Mojito that really stood out. A combination of raspberries, lime and mint with the faintest hint of rosewater, it tasted both refreshing and elegant. I knew I had to attempt it upon my return to Ottawa. So here it is, my version of the Middle Spoon’s French Mojito.


1/2 lime, quartered

a small handful of fresh mint

a small handful of raspberries (about 15 small or 8 large raspberries)

1/4 teaspoon sugar


1/4 teaspoon rosewater

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord

a splash of club soda or, ideally, soda water from a siphon

In a highball glass, muddle together the mint, lime, raspberries and sugar. Add 2 to 3 ice cubes and set aside.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rosewater, vodka, and raspberry liqueur and shake until your hands feel too cold.

Strain into the glass with the muddled fruit. Stir slightly, add a splash of soda water, and serve.

Makes 1 mojito.