Saturday Morning Muffin

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and my favorite to prepare. I love to sit around the table with Tuan and the kids, drinking coffee and eating something scrumptious.

This morning we got off to a late start with breakfast, becayse I was inspired to try something new and perhaps a bit more "healthy" in the baked goods department. We're usually protein/cereal people, but with an abundance of strawberries that were given to us, muffins sounded scrumptious. I combined three different Joy of Cooking recipes and a Martha Stewart idea to produce these. They were great! The muffins were a bit sweet/tart due to the partially ripe strawberries and the streusel topping gave it just enough sweetness. I also got to try out the palm sugar that Beth has raved about. I think a bit of lemon zest in the batter would be yummy, too.

Strawberry Streusel Muffins

makes approximately twelve muffins
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees

1 1/3 c. whole wheat flour * 2/3 c. oat flour
1 tsp salt *2 tsp baking powder

1 c. sour cream * approximately 1/4 c. whole milk
1 egg * 2 Tbsp palm sugar

1 1/2 c. strawberries, chopped

In a roomy bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients (sc/milk/egg/palm sugar) and mix thoroughly to break up egg. Pour wet into the dry and stir until moistened. If the batter is too dry and thick, add more milk until it is moist enough to scoop, but not pour. Fold in the strawberries and spoon into muffin tins. Greasing the tin is optional. Top generously with the streusel and bake for 15-20 minutes until the bottoms are lightly browned and the dough is set.

The Streusel
1/2 stick of butter, room temperature * 1/3 c. oat flour * 1/3 c whole wheat flour * 1/4 c. powdered sugar * 1/2 tsp salt

Combine dry and cut butter into the mix, either by hand or by food processor. When the mixture is all happy, powdery and combined, spoon over the muffins.

notes: for oat flour, I used some baby oatmeal that I had on hand, but throwing some uncooked oatmeal into a coffee grinder or food processor would also do the trick just fine. And, yes, just substitute real sugar for the palm sugar.

I hope someone will try them and let me know how they turned out!

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