Wednesday, May 20, 2009
St. George's Day Muffins
Along with lots of other nations, the English celebrate the day of St. George, who is the patron guardian of England, and in some way the equivalent of St Patrick for the Irish.
However, either the English are not being patriotic enough, or they genuinely don't like partying and celebrating too much, I didn't see almost any signs of celebration on the streets where I live, despite the reportedly organised events - parades and concerts - in the centre of London.
The day celebrated on April 23 in England isn't even a holiday, unlike in other countries.
The only sign that could suggest was the English national flag displayed on a couple of windows.
However, red and white could become a very savoury combination, if used properly, and in addition, we Bulgarians like to celebrate, no matter what.
That said, this is my creation for the English St George's Day - fresh raspberries and double cream muffins.
For the batter I used the base muffin recipe, enriched with dried cranberries soaked in creme de cassis (what a treat!), a dash of flaked almonds and chopped hazelnuts for texture, and topped with whipped double cream and sugar.