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Muffin Mondays | Strawberry Buttermilk Muffins

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Can we talk about nutmeg and springtime? I know nutmeg is more of a cozy winter kind of spice but I love nutmeg year round. The flavor of freshly ground nutmeg is magical.  It gives sweets that extra wow flavor. You know that extra special something that makes people stop and wonder what that yumminess is. I love adding freshly grated nutmeg to French toast batter or in cheesecake crust. Combining my love of nutmeg and beautiful early spring strawberries I bring you Strawberry Buttermilk Muffins for this Muffin Monday.  The batter is super easy to whip up. The buttermilk gives the muffins moistness and a nice tang that compliments the juicy strawberries. I coat the muffin pan with a nutmeg cinnamon sugar mix and then top the muffins with more nutmeg sugar sweetness creating a nice spiced sugar crust. One bite of these muffins and I’m sure you will become a nutmeg lover like me.

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Strawberry Buttermilk Muffins

1 cup granulated sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1/4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg, divided

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cups (1 stick) butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

1 cup 1 tbsp buttermilk

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup fresh strawberries diced

Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter a muffin pan. Combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg; liberally sprinkle muffin tins with sugar mixture. Save remaining mixture for topping muffins.

Sift 2 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, salt and remaining 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg together in a large bowl.

Add butter to flour mixture and cut in with a pastry knives. Stop mixing when butter pieces are pea-sized and smaller.

Whisk buttermilk, eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture stirring just until combined. The batter will be lumpy.

Toss chopped strawberries with remaining 1/4 cup flour and gently fold into batter. Fill muffin tins to the top and sprinkle with a generous amount of remaining sugar mixture.

Bake 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly pressed in the center and/or a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

adapted from Driscoll’s

 

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14 Comments
  • Miss K
    April 9, 2012

    Looks yummy.

  • Esi
    April 9, 2012

    I already miss CA strawberries. Muffins are one of my favorite ways to enjoy them!

  • Kate @ FoodBabbles
    April 9, 2012

    Man, I actually omitted the nutmeg from mine because I didn’t think it would go together well. How wrong I must have been!! Now I need to make these because your description just has my mouth watering.

  • These muffins look awesome. Never thought of strawberries and nutmeg going together. I gotta try this now!

  • Gastronomer
    April 9, 2012

    I hear ‘ya about nutmet. I love the stuff year round too.

    These muffins remind me of Coolio’s Strawberry Hills Banana Muffins Forever (http://gastronomyblog.com/2009/11/14/cooking-with-coolio-strawberry-hills-banana-muffins-forever/).

    Everyone loves strawberry muffins, Mang.

  • Cinnamon sugar sounds like a good addition. Nice job & I like the streak of strawberry recipes!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    April 10, 2012

    I loved that you swapped out the yogurt for the buttermilk. I’m sure they turned out to be incredibly fluffy. And using freshly grated nutmeg is just genius. I bet it smelled AH-MAZING in your kitchen.

  • banana wonder
    April 10, 2012

    What a unique and intriguing combination of nutmeg, strawbs and springtime. That is such a good idea of coating the tins with extra spicy goodness. Must make!

  • Stay-At-Home-Chef
    April 10, 2012

    How beautiful do your muffins look?! LOVE the idea of a spiced/sugar crust. And the tang from the buttermilk must have really kicked these muffins up a notch. Have a good week 🙂

  • Baker Street
    April 11, 2012

    I agree. Nutmeg is truly magical. I bet these tasted great with buttermilk.

  • marissa @ the boot
    April 15, 2012

    i just made berry muffins and added cinnamon to the batter and it brought out the tartness/sweetness of the berries even more! great idea about the nutmeg, i’m with you wholeheartedly!

  • Speculoos
    April 18, 2012

    I miss this Muffins Butter cake. i loved this Strawberry muffins…..Hmmmmmmmm it’s very yummy………

  • I love nutmeg, too. These muffins look incredible! Definitely will be trying these.

  • Juana moreland
    July 19, 2012

    Busy B&B owner, always looking for recipes for muffins and these look fantastic, will be making them for sure, love the nutmeg and sugar.

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