Strawberry Crunch Muffins

I think it takes a whole lot of will power to resist the temptation of  good bargains.  That’s why whenever I go shopping, especially grocery shopping, preparing a shopping  list is always a good idea - for me anyway.

Walking into a grocery store with big “sale” signs  adhering to the windows is always a bad sign - knowingly,  I’ll end up with bucket loads of stuffs that are not on my list. :( I mean who can resist deals like buy 1 get 1 free, buy 2 get 1 free, buy 2 for x dollars… right? And yes, having studied a course in marketing still doesn’t stop me from falling prey to psychological pricing. I should’ve known better. :P

When I saw 2 punnets of strawberries selling for $5, overpowered by my adrenaline instead of my shopping list, I gave in. My rationale is there’s no harm in storing more fruits in the fridge. After all I choose fruits over vegetables any day. 

When I got home, I’ve realised that I’ve gone overzealous with the purchase of strawberries. To avoid unnecessary wastage, I’ve kept some for straight consumption,  freeze some (perfect for making smoothies & crumble later) and the rest for muffins.

This muffin recipe is found at the back of  The Healthy Baker’s self raising flour container. Originally meant for raspberry crunch muffins,  the price of raspberry can be quite expensive over in Australia - about $5 to $6 for a small punnet! So whenever I came across recipes with raspberries, I tend to substitute them with strawberries. Not quite the same thing but they are pretty close in my book. :)

Strawberry Crunch Muffins

(tweaked slightly from Holly’s raspberry crunch muffins recipe)

As it was a spontaneous baking, I have replaced buttermillk with yoghurt. I suspect because of the switch, the batter became slightly dry. So I have added about 2 tbsps of milk just before adding the chopped strawberries.

For the topping, I have traded rolled oats for almond flakes for better crunch. Dessicated coconut makes a nice alternative too . :)

Makes about 16 medium sized muffins

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

100g butter, melted

1 cup yoghurt

2 tbsps milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

150g fresh strawberries

Crunch Topping:

1 tbsp butter

2 tbsp self raising flour

2 tbsps demerera sugar

1 tbsp almond flakes

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius.

2. Grease a 12 hole (cup) muffin pan.

3. In a medium sized bowl, place eggs, butter, yoghurt and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.

4. Sift in flour and brown sugar into the batter and stir until just combined.

5. Gently stir in chopped strawberries.

6. Divide mixture among holes of prepared pan.

7. Sprinkle topping (method below) over muffins before baking.

8. Bake muffins for about 20-25 minutes. Let the muffins stand in pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.

Crunch Topping

1. Rub butter into flour and stir in sugar and almond flakes.

2. Sprinkle over muffins before baking.


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21 Responses to Strawberry Crunch Muffins
  1. Liv Wan
    July 26, 2010 | 11:56 am

    I can sense this muffins are scream at me: ” cook me and eat me!!” to me. Such tasty looking muffins. Emily’s recipe always amazed me every time. Thank you for sharing.

    • Emily
      July 27, 2010 | 10:59 am

      Haha, that’s funny! :D

      You are too kind with your compliments. I’m glad that you like the recipe. Looking forward to your recipes too! :) Take care.

  2. roxan
    July 26, 2010 | 3:15 pm

    I’m the same way, I can’t resist a good “sale” at the grocery store. I love going grocery shopping!I could probably spend hours there just looking at the different products.
    The muffins look delicious :)

    • Emily
      July 27, 2010 | 11:11 am

      Hi Roxan,

      Oh me too. Grocery store is like my second home. The problem is the longer I stay in the store, the more money I end up spending – oh, this is confession of a shopholic! lol

      Thanks for your comment. Take care.

  3. Joy
    July 26, 2010 | 4:22 pm

    Great recipe. I like that you included almond for the topping.

    • Emily
      July 27, 2010 | 11:11 am

      Hi Joy,

      Thanks for your comment. You can’t go wrong with nuts as topping. :)

  4. Tarah
    July 26, 2010 | 8:32 pm

    I like the idea for the crumb topping :]. Great recipe!

    • Emily
      July 27, 2010 | 11:15 am

      Hi Tarah,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad that you like the recipe. :)

  5. Stella
    July 26, 2010 | 9:30 pm

    Hey Emily, that’s a pretty muffin! Sounds good with the warm strawberry-Nice!

    • Emily
      July 27, 2010 | 11:20 am

      Hi Stella,

      The muffins are really good especially they just out of the oven and you can taste the syrupy strawberries inside the muffins. Yum.

      Sounds like I need to make another batch soon. hehe!

  6. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron
    July 26, 2010 | 10:08 pm

    Me too! impulsed sale got me every time when I saw the sign “on sale”. Seems like you love everything crunchy? I love it too!

    • Emily
      July 27, 2010 | 11:22 am

      Hi Tanatha,

      Is it getting too obvious that I love everything crunchy? :P Maybe this is my food OCD, lol.

      Thanks for stopping by my site. :)

  7. Jessie -- The Messie Kitchen
    July 27, 2010 | 2:33 am

    What a perfect way to use up all those strawberries! Looks delish!!

    • Emily
      July 27, 2010 | 11:26 am

      Hi Jessie,

      Yes, definitely. Whenever you need a way to use up your strawberries, this recipe is highly recommended!
      (hmm, I realize I sound like the buyer/seller comments on Ebay)

      Anyway, thanks for your comment. :)

  8. Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective
    July 27, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    Oh, the love the looks of these! Muffins are so comforting!

  9. CC Recipe
    July 27, 2010 | 3:46 pm

    Great looking muffins!

  10. A Little Yumminess
    July 27, 2010 | 5:23 pm

    I am always buying stuff I don’t need on sale. At least you salvaged your impulsiveness with a great recipe! I am usually throwing stuff away! :)

  11. Carolyn Jung
    July 28, 2010 | 3:59 am

    That’s a DEAL on strawberries. I would have loaded up, too. One thing great about strawberries is that they freeze easily and freeze well.

  12. Baking Serendipity
    July 28, 2010 | 11:01 pm

    There is nothing better than a muffin with a crunch topping. Delicious!

  13. Pam @ Kitchen Cookware Set
    August 7, 2010 | 5:42 am

    You know I am like you too, if I see a sale sign I buy things I do not need :-) but in this case I am happy as this is something I would love to make and with almonds on top, it is simply yummy.

  14. Sophia
    August 10, 2010 | 8:47 pm

    Yummy! These muffins look great!! My favorite muffin recipe is for Bay State Muffins – http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/bay_state_muffins.htm – I’m definitely adding yours to my “To Try” list! Thanks for sharing!

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