S is for Strawberry Muffins

After visiting the Strawberry Fair recently, we had lots of fresh strawberries to snack on.  Once a few days had passed however they were beginning to be a little past their prime so I decided to make some Strawberry Muffins with Bear and Bee.  We usually stick to our standard playlist of muffins flavours (choc chip and banana) so this was new territory.

At the fair we were given a ‘Cooking with Strawberries’ leaflet. I adapted the recipe from that leaflet for our muffins.  It is a great recipe for cooking with children.  Apart from putting the muffins in the oven and taking them out, your child can help with all the steps.  Placing the paper cases in the muffin tray (a good opportunity to practice counting), chopping the strawberries, mixing the ingredients, spooning the muffin mix into the cases and sprinkling on the topping are all steps that your child can help with or do with your supervision.

This is what we did:
½ cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 cups self-raising flour (you could use 2 cups all-purpose flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder)
1 cup of chopped strawberries
1 cup raw sugar
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 200oC.

Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases.  
Lining muffin tray with paper cases for strawberry muffins recipe.
Oh no! Too many paper cases.

  Combine the milk, oil and eggs in a large bowl.   

Carefully adding oil to dry ingredients for strawberry muffins recipe
Bee carefully adding the oil.

 Stir in the flour, strawberries and raw sugar.   
Measuring flour for the Strawberry Muffins
Bee has started practicing her measuring skills with the flour.

Adding chopped strawberries to Strawberry Muffin recipe
Bee mixing in the chopped strawberries
Mix until just combined.  It is important not to overmix muffins as they become tough.  Don’t worry if the mix is a little lumpy.  It will work out in the end.

In a small bowl mix together the oats, brown sugar and melted butter to make a topping for the muffins.  Try to stop your child eating all the topping before it goes onto the muffins!

Mixing the oaty topping for the Strawberry Muffins
Bear came back to help make the topping.
But its really good mum! Eating the oaty topping for the muffins

Spoon the muffin mix evenly into the muffin tray and sprinkle on the oats topping.  Remind your child again that the topping is for the muffins not solely for them to eat.  (In all fairness it does taste really good so I can’t blame them.)
Spooning oaty topping onto Strawberry Muffins.
Spooning on what is left of the topping.

Bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes.  Muffins are cooked when they spring back after being lightly touched in the centre.  Cool on a wire rack and enjoy.

Eating strawberry muffins
Bee and Bear enjoying their strawberry muffins
This is a great recipe for kids. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.  We will definitely be making these a few more times before strawberry season is over.  I might even have to freeze some strawberries so we can make them later in the year too.
Delicious Strawberry Muffins
 What is your favourite strawberry recipe to cook with your child?

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