i hope you’re not muffin-ed out. ever since the first batch of ritz carlton blueberry muffins, stella has been on a muffin kick. she has one with her oatmeal every morning. most days she asks for one after school as well. even the birds love them; mabel and maisie come running to the kitchen door for crumbs as soon as they see me.
with valentines day this week, red berries seemed more fitting. nothing will change my love for blueberry muffins, but the crunchy sugar topping on these strawberry muffins is hard to beat.
but i love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.
i’m not sure how old i was, but i vividly remember the first time i read a magazine that talked about baking for your sweetheart on valentines day. it was some teen magazine, and the article included cookie recipes all packed into cute little baskets with pretty red and pink cloth liners.
at the time i was much too young to have a boyfriend. i remember thinking this is something i would love to do someday.
our first few years together, ian and i would make valentines day a production. he ordered my favorite flowers. we always exchanged gifts, and then we’d head downtown to an overcrowded restaurant for dinner.
the first valentines day with charlie i thought i would miss our usual celebration. turns out i was wrong. charlie was only a month old, and i spent days planning a special dinner at home. coquille st. jacques.
i strapped charlie into the baby björn. we shopped, and cleaned, and cooked all afternoon. i set a fancy table. lit candles. poured wine. charlie slept in his basket at the table the entire night. it was the most fun valentines day.
we don’t do presents anymore; although, this year i am getting a new, unplanned, washing machine. dinner at home can be even better than going out (hello yoga pants), and every year i channel that pre-teen girl and bake for my loves. dessert has yet to be decided, but breakfast will include these amazing strawberry muffins.
fresh strawberry muffins
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups diced strawberries tossed with 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- preheat the oven to 425°
- grease muffin pan or use paper liners
- in a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
- in a separate bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla
- add the liquid ingredients to the dry and stir just to combine
- make sure strawberries are evenly coated with flour, and gently fold into the batter
- fill muffin cups
- sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar topping
- place muffins in oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 400°
- bake until the tops are golden brown and a pick inserted in the center comes out clean (22-25 minutes)
the recipe for these strawberry muffins is a cross between my favorite blueberry muffin recipe and this one from driscoll’s. it may seem like there is a lot of sugar for the topping, but trust me do not skimp. the crunchy top is the best part of the muffin.
going out or staying in. however you plan to celebrate valentines day this year, these strawberry muffins are perfect for sharing.