June 11, 2013

Whole Foods Berry Bash! Simple Strawberry Muffins + Giveaway

Strawberry Muffins

I am psyched to be participating in the Whole Foods Berry Bash this month. It is berry season here in Connecticut and our local Whole Foods is stocking all kinds of organic berries from near and far. This means it is finally the time of year when I can get my hands on all the berries I can stand! It also means I can start making the favorite Strawberry Vanilla Jam recipe from my book. For the berry bash I went to the store and picked up a fresh container of strawberries to make some rich, buttery breakfast muffins.

These smooth and tender breakfast treats seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of strawberry season. They come together in just a few minutes and bake up to lofty biscuit-like treat studded with sweet chunks for fresh strawberries. They are great for eating along a cup of tea or coffee, or snacking on in mid-afternoon. I even stuck a few in the freezer to enjoy once strawberry season is over!

To get you in the mood for berry season Whole Foods is generously offering at $75 gift card so you can run and pick up some of your own! To enter to win:

1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite berry treat.

2) Subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter (upper right corner)

3) Contest runs from June 11th at 7:00am through June 18th at 7:00am. Winner will be announced in the Friday June 21st newsletter.

Recipe

Simple Strawberry Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup strawberries, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 large egg
¾ cup whole milk

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl. Cut the butter into chunks and pinch it into the dry ingredients with your hands. This takes a few minutes to do, but make sure the butter and dry ingredients are fully combined.
3. In a separate bowl lightly beat the egg and milk. Pour them into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until fully combined. Note, the mixture will look odd and a little gluey, but this is totally normal.
4. Stir in the strawberry pieces until just combined.
5. Fill each cup ¾ full. Bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until tops are golden and spring back to the touch.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These delicious muffins are ideal for eating with tea or coffee or taking to a friends house.

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes prep time, 20 minutes bake time

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