Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Berry-Smashed Muffins

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I'll be swapping coasts mid-May. Our youngest daughter, who despite her accomplishments and chronological age, will forever be known to her dad and me as "Baby Girl", is scheduled for surgery, so, I'll be heading East to provide an extra pair of hands till she's back on her feet. There is a silver lining to all of this. Her boys are squeezably sweet, and these old bones, like those of Faust, fully understand the need to say to the passing moment, "Stay, thou art so fair." Some of those moment will be spent in the kitchen and I've been searching for recipes that are workable for the little guys. I've stumbled on a children's cookbook, compiled by General Mills/Gold Medal Flour, that's called, The Rainbow Bakery: A Full Color Adventure Children's Cookbook Today's feature recipe comes from the book and I think you'll find that it makes a mean muffin, even for those over six. The recipe is simple and it makes a barely sweet breakfast or tea treat. If you like your muffins a bit more on the sweet side, I suggest sprinkling the top of the batter with a smidgen of granulated or cinnamon sugar before the muffins are baked. In young hands, these muffins will be messy to prepare, so have aprons and paper towels at the ready. The smashing of the berries can result in a scene worthy of an axe murder, so some supervision will be necessary. This, by the way, is a wonderful recipe for camp or cottage kitchens. I do hope you'll give this recipe a try. Here's how the muffins are made.

Berry-Smashed Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of The Rainbow Bakery by General Mills/Gold Medal

1-2/3 cups fresh strawberries
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1) Heat oven to 425 F. Put a paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups, or grease just the bottoms of 12 muffin cups.
2) Slightly smash strawberries in large bowl, using fork. Stir in sugar, oil and eggs until mixed. Stir in other ingredients just until moistened.
3) Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown or toothpick poked in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Loosen sides of muffins from pan if needed, and take them out of the pan. Yield: 12 muffins.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

I am sorry about your daughter, I hope your stay will be short and she will be back on her feet soon. These are so pretty! I hope for more from this cookbook. I like these kind of recipes because I am unable to stand for very long, so my cooking has to be arranged around that.

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said...

Safe journeys, for you and your daughter. I understand the bones of a grandmother and the need to wrap them around sweet grandchildren!

David said...

Mary, This is a nice and simple recipe for my favorite kind of muffin...any muffin with berries! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I prayed for your daughter and her upcoming surgery. But, lucky for you that you get to have some extra time with the little squeezaby sweet boys!
Thanks for the recipe! It will come in handy when strawberries are fresh in my area. YUMMY!
I would love you to share this delicious muffin at ON THE MENU MONDAY. Link goes live at 8:00 Sundays.

Andrea V. said...

Wow what a simple yet awesome recipe! Those look amazing :o) Hoping for a successful surgery and speedy recovery for your daughter! She's very lucky to have you :)

Cranberry Morning said...

The muffins look scrumptious! Enjoy your time out east. I know your help will be so much appreciated, and what a great time with the grandkids. It's wonderful that you found that fun book!

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, I bet the boys will love your efforts and treats that you cook for them. Each bite will be made with love.
I pray that all goes well and that your daughter has a speedy recovery.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Arthur in the Garden! said...

Strawberry season is here!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I'm glad you will get some hug time with the adorable grand babies. Your daughter is lucky to have you. As for the muffins, strawberries, what more can be said.

Chocolate Shavings said...

These look yummy!

Joanne said...

That cookbook sounds adorable! And the muffins look tasty too!

Lynn said...

This looks like the perfect recipe for little hands to help with! I think any scone or biscuit recipe would work, too -- just let the little guys smush up the butter into the flour. Fun!

Melinda said...

Sounds like a great book.
I need to check it out.

Muffins sound good too.

M :)

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Mary,
I hope your daughter gets well soon. These muffins looks wonderful and so perfect for the family! Have a good stay with your grandchildren. Take care!

Sue/the view from great island said...

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your adventures on the opposite coast, Mary---I know your daughter will be so happy to have you there.

Angie's Recipes said...

These strawberry muffins are full of freshness and goodness.
Hoping for a smooth surgery and speedy recovery for your baby gal!

Unknown said...

I hope all goes well with your daughters surgery. And of course, that you have safe travels. So nice that you can be there to help her out. And these muffins.. well they are sure to make a big hit! They look scrumptious!

Sugar et al said...

Wishing your daughter a super speedy recovery and lots of cuddle time with your grandchildren. These muffins are a sure hit with anybody...big children too:-)

Cindy said...

Love those grandkids! These muffins look wonderful--I have some berries in the fridge I need to use. I'll try them.

Unknown said...

I am a lucky daughter :)
we are excited for your visit

http://platanosmangoes.com said...

Wishing your daughter a speedy recover and I know you will have fun with your babies. Grandchildren are such a gift.

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