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February 14, 2012

I swear, I wasn’t going to post a Valentine’s Day-themed food today. 

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But I bought these strawberries at Earth Fare yesterday, and upon getting them home, I realized that they were about twenty minutes away from going bad.  About half of them were mushy—juicy, red, and sweet, but also mushy. 

I know, I know—serves me right for buying strawberries in February.  What would Barbara Kingsolver say?!?

So…pink muffins are being featured on Valentine’s Day.  I’m sorry.  If you’re one of those people who hates Valentine’s Day, just click right past the adorable muffins.  I won’t be hurt.  Although—I think you’d regret it.  Because these muffins are really good.  Sweet and moist, and actually pretty healthy—the pureed strawberries add moisture and sweetness so that the added butter and sugar is fairly minimal. 

Pink Lady Strawberry Muffins

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 cup strawberries, pureed

4 tbsp. butter, melted

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cup strawberries, chopped into bite-size pieces

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, strawberry puree, butter, and sugar until smooth.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, whisking to combine.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, saving about 2-3 tbsp. of flour mix aside.  Mix until just combined.  Toss strawberries with flour and add to batter, mixing to combine.

Before baking, sprinkle the top of each muffin with sugar.  Bake in greased muffin pans until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes. 

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I love how you can see big chunks of strawberry throughout the muffins—and the strawberry puree really does turn them pink!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! 

18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2012 2:57 pm

    How fun! I thought this was going to be a post on pink lady apples! haha. Happy Valentine’s day to you

  2. February 14, 2012 2:59 pm

    Ha! My strawberries are totally mushy too and I definitely thought about good ole Barbara when I opened the pint. In fact, any time I buy berries in the middle of winter I think of her. Usually it’s the voice in my head saying “screw her” though and then throwing them into my cart anyway ;)

  3. February 14, 2012 3:00 pm

    Loving the red!! Happy Vday to you and Ryan and baby girl Weber!

  4. February 14, 2012 4:43 pm

    They look and sound fabulous! Love that you used real strawberries, too. You never skimp on the good stuff!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. February 14, 2012 4:59 pm

    I thought it was going to be something with Pink Lady apples LOL. But I adore strawberries too ;-)

    • February 14, 2012 5:09 pm

      I didn’t even think about that…but I can see the confusion :-)

  6. February 14, 2012 5:58 pm

    What a fun recipe! I had the same issue with strawberries I purchased from Whole Foods, they don’t last! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  7. February 14, 2012 10:26 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day Anna! These are beautiful! I always wanted to be a Pink Lady…

  8. February 14, 2012 11:53 pm

    Its a perfect valentines treat!!! Super cute…I live the 2 bite size!

  9. February 15, 2012 2:59 am

    I bought 2 clamshells full of strawberries on Saturday and once I had a good look, quite a few aren’t looking too healthy. I think I’m going to try this recipe tomorrow! Looks great – I love a muffin with fresh fruity chunks throughout!

  10. February 15, 2012 12:29 pm

    Perfect! Those are lovely!

  11. February 15, 2012 12:51 pm

    Yum! Memaw brought Dad some of her muffins, since he had his knee operated on, but they are bran (I wish they were strawberry!) Hope you had a good Valentine’s Day.

  12. Deborah permalink
    March 14, 2012 5:23 pm

    This looks great, but look at the recipe.
    It calls for 1/4 tsp baking soda and then on the next line it is 1 1/2 tsp baking soda. Is this correct or should one of them be baking powder ?

    • March 14, 2012 6:43 pm

      Whoops! Thanks Deborah! The 1.5 tsp. should be baking powder.

      • Deborah permalink
        March 14, 2012 8:47 pm

        Thanks..I going to makes these..and thank you for your prompt reply.

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