Strawberry Lemon Muffins

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As summer increasingly approaches us, more and more thought goes into pool parties, BBQs, late, warm, evenings filled with fun, the list goes on.  The thing that ties all of them together is food and drinks.  You can’t have party without either and with summer, there as so many options for these two categories to be had.  One of those in the drink category is lemonade. 

I’ve always associated lemonade with summer.  I know it’s a drink offered year round in restaurants and on store shelves but, it just doesn’t seem right to have it any other time of the year.  Perhaps it’s the association of citrus with summer or just never thinking about lemonade until summer arrives.  Either way, there are so many different varieties out there now that make creating something to with this drink as the source of inspiration all the more fun.

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These muffins are out of this world.  You honestly would think you are having strawberry lemonade if you didn’t know better.  They have a fresh, tangy taste with a bit of sweetness to compliment.  They are incredibly moist and soft to eat (no crumbs to fall onto the floor with these) and they are so much fun to make!

I’ve been into the whole swirl mixing lately and I have to say these are my favorite so far.  The yellow and pink coloring just works so well together and the pieces of fresh strawberry add a great texture to the muffin.  The icing on top finishes it off perfectly too.  You don’t necessarily have to add this last part, but to me it didn’t seem complete without a little decoration.

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These muffins would be a hit at any party as well, so don’t think that you can only have these for breakfast.  If you do make some though, just be sure to have an extra batch ready for anyone looking to take home some. 😉  Either way, have fun making and eating these little treats.

 

Ingredients

Lemon

  • 1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour or unbleached
  • ¼ cup EVOO
  • 1/3 cup half & half
  • ¼ light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 4-6 drops yellow food coloring

Strawberry

  • 1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour or unbleached
  • ¼ cup EVOO
  • 1/3 cup half & half
  • ¼ light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 150 grams fresh strawberries, cut into small pieces
  • 3-4 drops pink food coloring

Icing

  • ¼ cup powder sugar
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Just enough water to make it thin enough to drizzle

Directions

Muffin mix makes 18 muffins.

Preheat oven to 375F.

For each, in a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, egg, sugar, half & half, vanilla for the strawberry mix, lemon juice and zest for the lemon mix. Mix together until well combined.

Add in the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and strawberries for the strawberry mix and combine until no flour can be seen.

Pour one of the mixes into the other one and stir just enough to combine each but not to the point where one color takes over.

In prepared muffins pans, fill each about 2/3 and place in oven for 13-15 minutes.

When done, take out of oven and allow cooling for about 10 minutes in the pan, and then removing to a cooling rack until fully cooled.  For the icing, take a ¼ cup of powdered sugar, the food coloring, and enough water for the right consistency and stir all together.  Drizzle over all or some of the muffins. Once done, enjoy!

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