Strawberries and balsamic vinegar combine with goat cheese to make these memorable and tasty bakery-style Strawberry Muffins. Use 6-Minute Strawberry Balsamic sauce (directions included) to avoid wet spots in your muffins that often occur when using fresh strawberries.
Have you ever gathered wild strawberries?
Every spring, we picked tiny but incredibly sweet and flavorful berries from the ditches of the tar-covered road in front of my childhood home.
There are no thorns or stickers like some berries, but there is something much worse in my book. POISON IVY!
Unfortunately, those “leaves of three” scattered throughout the wild strawberries held an unpleasant surprise. Within a day, I would start to itch and scratch and itch some more.
For your sake, I hope you can not relate to this story. I’m starting to itch just thinking about it so let’s get on with the good stuff.
Creating the Recipe for these Bakery Style Strawberry Muffins:
The inspiration for these muffins comes from the strawberry balsamic muffins I used to buy from the Central Market Bakery in Ft. Worth.
Please understand I’m not claiming to have the authentic recipe. After much experimentation, this muffin seems to be a good clone. No matter what, it is delicious on its own merits.
A few weeks ago, I shared my super quick and easy method for making a strawberry-balsamic sauce using frozen strawberries. It has two ingredients and cooks in only 6 minutes.
The result is something similar to strawberry preserves but not as thick or sugary. Cooked strawberries won’t leave soggy spots inside your baked muffins like sometimes happens with fresh berries.
The secret ingredient in Strawberry-Balsamic Muffins:
Goat-cheese crumbles give these muffins a distinctive flavor. The recipe shows a range of amounts so you can customize according to your love for goat cheese.
You could also leave it out of the cheese or use toasted pecans instead. The results will be equally scrumptious.
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- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1-1/2 cup all-purpose, unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon soda
- 1/2 cup unflavored, non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup strawberry-balsamic sauce (See note)
- 1-2 ounces crumbles goat cheese (depending on how much you like goat cheese)
- Sanding or sparkling sugar for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Melt butter in microwave for one minute on HIGH. Allow to cool.
- Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and soda in a medium mixing bowl.
- Combine yogurt, egg, and melted butter in separate bowl. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Do not overmix.
- Lightly fold in strawberry-balsamic sauce and goat cheese.
- Portion evenly into muffin pan that has been greased and floured. (I use an aerosol flour/butter mixture.) Muffin pans vary, but I usually end up with 9 smallish muffins.
- Sprinkle liberally with sanding sugar.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before removing from pan.
To make strawberry-balsamic sauce:
Chop 1-1/2 cups frozen strawberries. Place in a Pyrex dish no smaller than 1 quart. Add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar. Cook in microwave, UNCOVERED, for 6 minutes, no stirring required.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 6g