I feel like one of the luckiest bloggers ever this week, because I received a delivery from Stoneridge Orchards AND one from Glutino, just days apart. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I have in my possession both blueberries and muffin mix, I have to make Blueberrry Muffins. I know this sounds really easy, and it really is, unless of course you live in far west Georgia and eat a gluten free diet. It is hard to find gluten free muffin mix around here.
Before I show you the yummy muffins, let me tell you about the Stoneridge Orchards products. I have had dried fruit before, but I have not ever had dried fruit the way Stoneridge Orchards makes them. These dried fruits are naturally sweet, no sugar added, and taste so much like the fresh fruit it is crazy! Their website says
“this regal cherry was once a favorite amongst Kings and Queens, and widely sought for it’s unique flavor and rich texture. Montmorency cherries are fragrantly sweet, tart, plump, red stone fruits with intense flavor and color.”
I can believe that, because the cherries I ate straight from the package were so good! They almost seemed to still be fresh, like they were still plump and juicy, not dried out so much that they did not resemble cherries anymore. The blueberries were the same way when I opened the package to make my muffins tonight: Sweet, plump, delicious.
The Glutino Muffin Mix makes a dozen gluten free muffins. To make them, you need to add 2 eggs, 6 tablespoons of softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a cup of milk. (I used coconut milk) I stirred in the package of Stoneridge Dried Blueberries at the end, and baked at 350° for 21 minutes. Fabgrandpa liked them, and that is saying a lot. He is not a gluten free person.
Here are some more ways to use Stoneridge Orchard Dried Fruits:
Montmorency Cherries: Stoneridge Orchards picks their cherries at the height of freshness and then dries them, perfectly capturing the sweet and tart flavor and bright red color. These cherries remain moist and chewy when dried, and have powerful enzyme content and antioxidants. Try them in this Asian Chicken Slaw this June on National Cherry Tart Day (June 18).
· Raspberries: These all natural raspberries are fragrantly sweet and packed with many nutrients, including soluble fiber and vitamins C and B6. When dried, they maintain their perfectly moist and chewy flavor. Use them to add subtle tart notes to any salad or vinaigrette.
· Blueberries: This American super-food is hand picked and dried without using preservatives or any artificial flavors and colors. Plump and rich in antioxidants, these berries are especially tasty when served with leafy greens, such as in a Blueberry Kale Salad.
· Berry Mix: Can¹t decide? We love this luscious blend of four berries perfect for sharing. Antioxidant packed cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, and red raspberries unite together to create the most balanced blend, perfect for any summer salad