30 April 2011

These are the lovely things my husband woke up to yesterday morning. They are delightful! I got this recipe from the blog For The Love of Cooking.

Strawberry Orange Banana Muffins

2¼ cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 orange, zested and juiced
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
⅔ cup brown sugar
½ cup canola oil
1 tbsp vanilla
1½ tbsp fresh orange juice (one orange)
1½ cups of strawberries, chopped, divided
3 tbsp sugar

Preheat the oven to 375°. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and ½ tbsp orange zest together in a small bowl. Reserve remaining orange zest.

In another bowl, beat together the bananas, eggs, brown sugar, oil, 1½ tbsp orange juice, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined then carefully add 1 cup strawberries and gently mix together. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Sprinkle the remaining strawberries evenly over the tops of each muffin, making sure to push them down a bit.

Combine the sugar and remaining1 tbsp orange zest together and sprinkle evenly on top of each muffin. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for a few minutes. Enjoy.

Makes 12 muffins.

So good and stunningly pretty! I only changed one thing about this recipe. It originally called for melted butter instead of the oil. Butter is so expensive that I decided to try it with oil instead and they came out just fine.

I forgot to add the sugar/orange zest topping before shoving them in the oven. Oops.

The banana flavor is probably the least noticeable here, so if you're not a big bananas-in-baked-goods fan, fear not. The orange came through more than I was expecting and I love how you can see the little flecks of zest in them.

I will definitely be making these again throughout the summer.

Ready for the oven.

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