These are good. These are serve to two college friends you haven't seen in a very long time good. Last weekend, on Saturday I was busy the entire day prepping for a 12 hour photo/video shoot on Monday. Sunday guests were coming. Oh dear.
The night before I had no clue of what I could serve and hadn't done any shopping. I reluctantly settled on a cop out bagel and cream cheese run, planning to make some eggs as well.
Long time friends deserve something better. When I woke up, after having done most of the prep for the job, my mind was clearer. Strawberry and basil flavors came dancing into my head. I knew I had frozen strawberries and plenty of basil in the herb garden.
A quick internet search revealed this recipe from one of my favorite talented food bloggers. I tweaked the recipe a bit using whole wheat flour, brown sugar and attempted to be a bit fancy for guests by sprinkling homemade basil sugar on top.
The result was a perfect little homemade touch to a meal I had no time to make from scratch. The basil adds a nice herby flavor providing balance for the tangy strawberries all wrapped in whole wheat sweetness.
Whole Wheat Strawberry Basil Muffins
(Adapted from Strawberry Basil Muffins from Something Swanky)
- 2 cups flour (whole wheat or all purpose)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup olive oil (I used basil infused olive oil)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup chopped strawberries/ fresh or frozen*
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 1/3 cup basil sugar
*If you use frozen, make sure you defrost them and strain out the excess liquid before adding then to the batter.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, olive oil, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla.
- Mix in by hand the dry ingredients just until the batter comes together. Add in the strawberries and basil.
- Divide the batter evenly among the 12 cups in a muffin tin.
- Sprinkle the basil sugar on top.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
- Transfer to a wire rack, to cool. Lovely if served slightly warm.
For the Basil Sugar topping: