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Festive Strawberry Muffins for Any Occasion

Updated on May 29, 2014
strawberry muffins
strawberry muffins

When spring arrives in Japan, there's a sense of anticipation in the air. When the cherry blossom trees start to blossom, hanami ( flower viewing ) season officially begins and people all over the country start planning and preparing for their individual own get-togethers. Planning usually involves deciding on a place ( usually a park ) , selecting a date as well as figuring out what kind of food to bring.

The Perfect Muffins for Any Occasion

As always, I make a fuss over what to bring to the picnic table and after some careful planning, decided on a batch of strawberry muffins. Strawberries are in season and at its peak in flavor and sweetness. I also decided to add some strawberry preserves to the top of the muffins, which adds an extra layer of sweetness and texture, while the colors of the muffins themselves compliment the beautiful flowers of the cherry trees.

Easy to make and healthy too

Grapeseed oil keeps the muffins light in texture while adding a nutritional boost, however other oils such as canola or butter, can be used instead. The strawberry preserve really make the muffins special, but the muffins are good even without it. If strawberries are not available in your area, using frozen berries work just as well.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 8

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves ( or jam )

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, milk and egg. Beat lightly.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  4. Throw in the chopped strawberries.
  5. Pour in the milk/egg mixture and stir to combine all ingredients.
  6. Fill muffin cups with mixture.
  7. Spoon strawberry preserves on top.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes. The top should bounce back if you touch it.
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What are some of your favorite muffins? Let me know and leave a comment here. Thanks!

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    • BodyHairRemoval profile image

      BodyHairRemoval 

      4 years ago

      I must try this muffin recipe, it looks very delicious!

    • Spirality profile image

      Spirality 

      4 years ago

      I love muffins. Great recipe for me to try.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I'm thinking these are about to become my favorite muffins. My current faves are blueberry, banana, or lemon poppy seed muffins. I've never met a muffin I didn't like. Would love to be viewing flowers in Japan while dining on your delicious strawberry muffins.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      to my food board :) - YUM!!

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These Strawberry Muffins sound delicious and look wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      I love muffins of any sort and these sure look yummy. Thanks for the recipe must look for the grape seed oil when next in the super market.

    • Jerzimom profile image

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      So lovely and yummy looking! Blueberry muffins are my favorite.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Banana nut or blueberry are my favorites. Then there's lemon, cranberry with orange zest, oh and of course strawberry! Oatmeal raisin, Danish cheesecake, er, I could go on and on. Your recipe looks delicious and your photograph makes me almost want to grab one right off the screen.

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Blueberries are my favorite, but I love strawberries too (not sure I've ever met a berry i didn't like!) so this sounds like a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I should know better than to look at your recipes when I am hungry. These look and sound delicious, so pretty too, right down to the blossoms. Adding to my must try list. Thanks Smine27.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I love the healthy ingredients you use in all your baking. I have got to check my local grocery to see if they have grapeseed oil there. It is supposed to be fabulous health wise.

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      VinnWong 

      4 years ago

      One thing about living in Japan is that I have learnt to really love seasonal food!

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      Mary Crowther 

      4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      These look so delicious and I love the idea of adding the strawberry preserves to the top to make them extra special.

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