AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB



The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley is a fertile landscape that produces wonderful ingredients from local meat and game to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Needless to say you can buy most of it from our shops and markets. But some of it is out there growing abundantly in the woodland, hills and hedgerows. Like the big fat purple bilberries that carpet the heather moorland in August.

Look out for our bilberrying expeditions on Moel Famau. And if you’re successful you might like to try this recipe.

Bilberry muffins 

Muffins are a great cake to make. They’re very simple yet delicious. Blueberries are a traditional ingredient but this recipe makes use of the bilberries found growing wild on the hills of the Clwydian Range. 

The key to delicious muffins is not to over-stir them. When mixing the wet and dry ingredients, just stir gently to ensure all the dry ingredients are mixed in. The mix may look lumpy but that doesn’t matter. It will taste great.

This recipe makes about 12 muffins.


2 free range eggs

240ml milk

120ml vegetable oil

100g granulated sugar

100g soft brown sugar

375g plain flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

175g bilberries

25g demerara sugar for sprinkling on top


Preheat the oven to 200°C (gas mk 6, 400°F.

Place the eggs, oil, sugars and milk in a large mixing bowl and quickly beat together.

Add the dry ingredient mix to the liquid, and roughly mix it in – it does not have to be absolutely smooth.

Stir in the bilberries.

Fill a muffin tray with paper muffin cases and then fill each case to near the top with the muffin mixture.

Sprinkle with demerara sugar.

Bake the muffins for 25 minutes.


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