Sunday, August 21, 2011

Strawberry Muffins

In these dwindling days of summer, I was drawn in by an ad at my local grocery store. Buy one, get one free on strawberries. I bought some knowing that this might be the last sale of this kind we have before next year. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, just that I wanted to try to bake something with them.

My friend sold her house and was kind of in panic mode the night before closing. I texted her and told her I'd come over to help with the last packing and cleaning. I wanted to take something that she could feed the kids the morning of closing and not have to worry about a mess or the stress of finding something to eat. And thus was born strawberry muffins.


I googled a few different recipes, but it came down to tweaking a couple of recipes on the Joy of Baking website to get what I wanted. This recipe calls for brown sugar rather than white sugar. Using brown sugar gives it a richer flavor and color. I also used sour cream to make a more dense muffin and to add some moisture, but you could easily substitute plain yogurt, or maybe tweak the recipe and use buttermilk for a lighter texture.


All in all, I was really pleased with the muffins. I loved the extra flavor the cinnamon added, and it was so fun to eat a muffin that was different from the norm! They were exactly what I was hoping for, and I hope my friend enjoyed them on that hectic morning!


Strawberry Muffins
adapted from Joy of Baking
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½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup sour cream
1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, cut into small pieces
2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or lightly butter or spray the muffin cups with a vegetable spray.

In a small saucepan melt the butter and let cool to room temperature.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.

In another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gently fold in the berries, making sure they are coated with flour. (This helps to prevent the berries from sinking during baking.) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are just combined. Do not over mix the batter or you will get tough muffins.

Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups, using an ice cream scoop. Place in the oven and bake until a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Can be stored for a few days at room temperature.

17 comments:

  1. Those are so pretty! I'm so hungry so I'm drooling over here. I might add a bit of cream cheese to these too :)

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  2. These look delicious. I love strawberries. Stop by and share at Lines Across My Face's cratfy link party.
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cure-for-common-monday-5.html
    I hope to see you soon,
    Rachel

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  3. Ya know this looks so awesome…I want some RIGHT NOW and would be perfect for a Tea Party!! You are invited to link this up at Tea Party Tuesday if you want! Thanks again and yum yum! http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-party-tuesday-special-tea-party.html Here from Jam Hands!

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  4. They look so perfect. I want some so bad now.

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  5. I have a TON of strawberries in my fridge now that are going to be strawberry muffins tomorrow after seeing this post!

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  6. ah yumm!!! thanks for sharin girl! im so EXCITED to try

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  7. Have been thinking of this recipe all week, but couldn't remember who's blog I had read it on! At last I've found you, so am just off to make these lovely muffins for a preschool outing tomorrow. Phew!

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  8. I did a post of strawberry muffins a couple years ago. It's hard to get a good photo of the little stinkers, but man do they taste wonderful!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  9. Yummy! I've never baked anything with strawberries, looks awesome!

    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend on my blog Family Ever After. The party starts on Friday morning.

    Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I’d love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton! Have an awesome day!!!

    Rach H at www.familyeverafter.blogspot.com

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  10. What a sweet friend you are. Thanks for sharing this recipe at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope to see you again next week.

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  11. Those look delicious I can't wait to try them!

    http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/

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  12. UMMM I need these with my coffee in the morning! ha! I hope you link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2011/08/sweet-saturday-v2.html

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  13. Just thought I'd let you know I featured you on Savory Sunday this week :)

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  14. Great way to use your strawberries! Thanks for linking up to Fat Camp Friday. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, see you next time!

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  15. Happy Monday! I wanted to thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

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  16. This is a lovely muffin, I can't wait to try it!

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  17. These look so good! I am definitely going to make these, we always seem to have strawberries that need to be gotten rid of...
    ~JamieS

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