Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Strawberry Orange Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

I love strawberries, in any way, in any shape or form. . So, when I saw strawberries in the grocery store, I wanted to use them for Valentine's Day in some way.  These look like strawberries, right?  They even smelled a little like strawberries, but they didn't taste like strawberries that much..Do you like crunchy strawberries?  It was too early here in Illinois to buy strawberries from California.  I knew that I wouldn't eat them plain,  so I looked for a muffin recipe.  I also still had a lot of oranges, so I wanted orange zest in them, and I used orange juice for the liquid in the muffins. I then added a crunchy streusel topping, and got muffins fit for a  King, Queen, Prince or Princess.  We had them for our Valentine breakfast, and they were wonderful!  You can enjoy these muffins anytime of the year you have fresh or frozen strawberries.

My husband and I  are very romantic.  Each year we repeat our first date, and the night that we met at Swedish Days in Geneva, IL,, almost 11 years ago.  Also, I have kept all of the cards that we have given each other over the years, and on Valentine's Day we read all of the old Valentines. We're not into the gifts , so much, maybe flowers, or some years I make a card, sorry Hallmark!  It's so much fun. Enjoy!

Here is the recipe, that I adapted from Cooks.com

Read more about it at www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,191,149167-254195,00.html
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2 c. flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. fresh strawberries, chopped, about 12
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 c.. orange juice
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. butter, melted
3 tsp. orange zest
1/3 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. butter, cold
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine strawberries and sugar Mash with fork.. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in orange juice, egg and vanilla until well blended. Add strawberry mixture to flour, baking powder and salt mixture. Add butter and stir just until blended. Spoon into 10 to 12 greased muffin pan cups. Sprinkle with topping.

 TOPPING: Combine flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a medium bowl until mixture comes together in large crumbs. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10, before removing from pan. I didn’t use cupcake liners, so you may have to loosen sides of muffin from pan..  Finish cooling on rack


  1. gorgeous muffins Becky!! Your images are beautiful, looks like the new camera is paying off!

  2. Chef Dennis- Thank you for the comments on the pics. I'm trying. I still need light! IKEA here I come.

  3. Yummy muffins, I like the combo of strawberry and orange and so excellent with the scrumptious cinnamon streusel on top!

  4. Natasha- They are good. They don't rise a lot though, because the mashed strawberries, but they still taste good!

  5. These look delicious! I too love strawberries. I'm going to save this recipe and try it out! :)

  6. I love your new site design Becky. Looks great!! As well as these muffins. I cannot wait for strawberries to come into season here. We love to go pick them at a local farm. I'm definitely printing this recipe out to keep on hand. Sounds perfect with the streusel topping!

  7. This is really lovely recipe, and photo must say so much better! Love the presentation with few strawberries on the side!

  8. Sandra- I must give credit to my resident food stylist, my husband, for the food styling. He is a "weekend artist", and I don't why I didn't have him style the food before. He has that "artistic eye".

  9. What a delicious muffin you got there Becky! It is refreshing and healthy to keep the romance going on in a relationship. Wishing you many more years of happines together!!!!! Thank you for sharing :)

  10. These look so delicious! Strawberries remind me of warm weather, can't wait!!

  11. loved your new look of the Blog- really good! and muffins look swell-

  12. Those look amazing Becky! I just love your blog and the cute stories of you and your Husband. I have myself been to Swedish Days in Geneva, several years ago. How awesome that was your first date!

  13. Kimberly- Where do you live? Thank you for your comments.

  14. Beautiful!!! These muffins would be gone in no time! I love this recipe. Thank you for sharing it!

  15. Lovely photograph and delighful muffins! And just like you, i love strawberries too but lately, any time i get them from the store, they taste sour and not sweet at all. I can't wait till summer when fresh strawberries start filling the stores...

  16. Thank you all, for your wonderful comments.
    Happy Cooking and Baking:)

  17. These look delicious! I cannot resist muffins with streusel on top!

  18. Becky, these muffins look wonderful! I could definitely go for one for breakfast right now. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I love the flavor combinations you used, too.

  19. The muffins look so good, but the fact that you and your hubby repeat your first date every year is what caught my eye! How romantic. :)

  20. Gwen,
    He is romantic and loves to cook;) Can there be a better combination?

  21. I love anything wiith cinnamon in it so this has been bookmarked for sure. Just wondering how you got the muffins to look so dar/ Did you use, cinnamon in the batter or brown sugar or is is wheat flour? I didn't see any in the recipe!

  22. I used cinnamon in the streusel, Saigon Cinnamon from Costco, which has a darker color and richer flavor. Otherwise I used All purpose flour and white sugar. Hope this helps you. Thanks for atopping by.

  23. Those muffins look sooo good, I love how you added strawberries to the muffins! YUM! And I just adore the streusel topping on the muffins. :)

  24. You guys are so sweet and so romantic. I think it's awesome that you keep all the cards and read them on Valentine's Day. And the first date ~ swoon.

    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. It looks delicious.


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