Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

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Mentally, I’ve been in strawberry season since January.  Physically, I’ve had to wait until now and I just can’t hold out on some of these strawberry recipes any longer.

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I’m fairly confident the first documented friendship was between strawberries and cream.

While I’d love to indulge in a bowl of strawberries and fresh whipped cream it seems a little more realistic to take this concept into muffin form.

Why have I not baked with strawberries until now? They literally melt into the batter.

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Also, these muffins aren’t too sweet, which keeps you from feeling like you’re having a cupcake for breakfast.  There are two entire cups of strawberries in here after all…. basically the same as having a smoothie.

You mainly taste the fresh strawberries, cinnamon, and then that hit of cream cheese.  What I’m trying to say is these might be my new favorite muffin.

Inspired by sweetpeasandsaffron

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You’ll need:

2 cups all purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon

0.5 teaspoon salt

0.75 teaspoon sugar

1 egg

1 cup milk (I used 2%)

0.25 cup vegetable oil

2 cup strawberries (cut into small pieces)

0.5 cup cream cheese (room temperature helps)

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a muffin tray with liners (or grease).  The recipe said this would make 12 muffins and mine made nine. Apparently I am aggressive with my portioning (not surprising).

 

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar.  In a separate bowl beat egg.  Add milk and oil to egg and combine.  Form a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients.  Mix until JUST combined.  Mix in strawberries.  Do not over mix, I repeat, do not overmix.

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Spoon batter into muffin tray.  Add one teaspoon of cream cheese on the top of each muffin pressing so that it lies level with the top of the batter.  I rolled the cream cheese into a little ball in my hand before placing in batter.

9 grown up sized muffins

9 grown up sized muffins

Bake for 20 minutes.  Congratulations… you survived winter.

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Other Muffins: Fig, Olive Oil, Green Tea, Soda Bread

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