Strawberry Stuffed Muffins

“Oh yeah.  It’s the best part.  It’s crunchy, it’s explosive, it’s where the muffin breaks free of the pan and sort of (makes hand motions) does it’s own thing.  I’ll tell you.  That’s a million dollar idea right there.  Just sell the tops.” – Elaine, from Seinfeld

Strawberry stuffed muffins.  Have you heard of anything better? Tyler makes these muffins kid friendly, as you have the option of making mini muffins or regular ones.  We opted for the adult version, but don’t worry, your child will still be satisfied! The tablespoon of baking powder is key here, as it creates that beautiful muffin dome and the strawberry inside each one is a nice and juicy surprise!  Happy Valentines Day to you!

Taken from Start Fresh by Tyler Florence

Makes 12 *

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 medium strawberries, halved
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a large measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir just until well blended. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Top each with 2 strawberry halves. Bake muffins until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before glazing. In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar with lemon juice (add a little milk to reach consistency if needed) and stir until smooth. Drizzle muffins with glaze and allow to cool completely.

*To make 24 mini muffins, bake for 10-12 minutes and top each muffin with a strawberry halve.

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