Sunday, February 26, 2006

A Muffin Is Just a Very Small Pie

Wanted something yummy for breakfast, so I threw these together. *I used raspberry jam in the center because that’s what I had, even though they’re strawberry muffins—but actually, the berry flavors were nice together. I invite you to use strawberry jam (or any other kind of jam) if you see fit.



1 ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
½ cup milk
¼ cup canola oil
5 strawberries
juice of ½ lemon
6 full teaspoons raspberry jam*


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 6 muffin cups.

Stem and chop strawberries into ¼-inch pieces; mix with lemon juice and 2 tablespoons sugar and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.

In another small mixing bowl combine egg, milk, and oil.

Add egg mixture to dry mixture all at once; stir just until moistened. Fold in strawberry mixture with juice.

Spoon half of batter into muffin cups, half-filling each cup (awkward phrasing, but you know what I mean). Spoon one dollop of jam into the center of each muffin; cover with rest of batter, almost filling cups.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. At 10 minutes, dust muffin tops with sugar and continue baking. Cool in muffin cups 2 minutes; remove and serve warm.

Moral of the story: I LOVE the word muffin. Muffin muffin muffin.


Mona said...

Those look so good! I never think to put jam in muffins. I'll have to try that. Great picture too! I love the jam oozing out of the muffin. YUMMY!

Linda said...

I kinda lost my appetite after the little girl got eaten.....The moral should be: if your food runs away from you, eat something else.

Mom said...

I thought a muffin was a very small cake???? Anyway, now I want muffins to eat and I still have a chess pie in the kitchen. I've got to stop this we speak, Dad is putting my new treadmill together!

Kate said...


Get on the treadmill.


Jamie said...


I love muffins, too. I try to keep some around because we usually have a "teatime" type meal around 4 pm to hold us off until dinner. (We eat dinner pretty late so that it doesn't cut into usable daylight work time.) I'll try your recipe!

Someone else pointed me toward those little muffin movies a while back. For some reason they creep me out! But they're still cute. :-)

Lex said...

You are my muffin!
These muffins look delicious. I'll have to whip some up when my brother is here. Prove to him I can cook...
I miss you already! It was fabulous seeing you yesterday, as well as Jeremy.
PS - Got compliments on my nails from all sorts of people today!
Love you!

Jennifer said...

Ah, pie for breakfast. How could anyone resist?

Mom said...

Loved you photos! Good job!! I told Dad I knew the photos where yours because of the sugar sprinkles on top of the muffins; our way of making something good even better.:) Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

vanessa said...

those preserves rock. i wish i had the initiative to make muffins in the morning.

Angela said...

Wow... I want, I want!!

Anonymous said...

WOW! I am so glad I discovered your blog! I made these this morning. They are great. I doubled the recipe and used strawberry jam. I actually took a photo, a first for me. I'm looking forward to trying this out w/ different fruit combos. wendy