Summery strawberry muffins

For a super summery snack, you can’t go far wrong with a muffin. And this recipe makes the most of the delicious strawberries that are now in season.  (Apparently the rain and then the sunshine have made this month’s strawberries extra sweet!)

stawberries on a plate with muffinsI’ve also used wholemeal spelt flour to give the muffins a bit of a heavier wholesome feel. And the black pepper makes it that bit more sophisticated, without being overpowering.

They make a great finale for a picnic or an al fresco lunch. Or why not enjoy on their own with a cup of Lapsang Souchong or Tetleys (depending on your preferences)?

To make the muffins, you’ll need

  • 200gr SR wholemeal spelt flour
  • 150gr granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground black peppers
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsb ground sea salt
  • 80ml vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 large free range egg
  • 80ml-120ml milk
  • 170gr washed, destalked, chopped and hulled strawberries
  • 12 muffin or cupcake cases

To make the muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/GM 6/200C. Line tin with the cup cake/muffin cases.
  2. Sift the soda, baking powder, flour, salt and pepper. Return the flour husks to the bowl, add the sugar and mix all well together.
  3. Whisk together the oil and egg. Add 80ml of the milk. Whisk.
  4. Mix together the two mixtures, adding the egg/milk combination to the mixing bowl gradually, folding in with a wooden spoon. At this stage you may need to add more milk, or (more unlikely) more flour to get the right constituency. The mixture should be a sticky batter, scoopable, not as thick as pizza dough, but slightly thicker than your usual cake mix.
  5. Pour/scoop into the twelve muffin/cake tins and bake for 15-20 minutes. Check after 15 minutes….you can tell when the muffins are ready as you should be able to put a skewer or knife in them and for it to come away “clean.”
  6. Remove from oven, allow them to cool slightly, then remove to an iron rack to cool further.

strawberry muffins

Joining with Honest Mum’s #TastyTuesday. I am also entering this post in the Rix Recipe Blog Competition. Check out the link here. You may also want to take a look at their seasonal recipes.

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About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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18 Responses to Summery strawberry muffins

  1. Alison says:

    Oh my, those look gorgeous and you made me hungry!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Mmmm these sound lovely! Love the use of spelt flour too – it’s got such a fab flavour.

  3. I love the addition of black pepper, genius! Thanks for taking my gastronomic tour in Nice, lovely to meet another blogger who knows Nice.

  4. These look fabulous! Might just have to try these, love the addition of black pepper x #TastyTuesdays

  5. Mel says:

    These look absolutely lovely! I love the addition of black pepper, that sounds interesting! My best friend always has her strawberries in a bit of red wine with pepper and even though it sounds like an odd combination, it works incredibly well! Mel #TastyTuesdays

  6. Honest Mum says:

    Utterly delightful, adore these! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  7. Tina Holmes says:

    This looks delicious,got to try this one out soon I think. Your photos are great too #TastyTuesdays

  8. I shall have to try these delicious muffins. I love the combination of strawberry and black pepper, sounds fab.

  9. I’m a big fan of muffins, and we often make them with raspberries, but never with strawberries, so this is one to try out!

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