Sunday, May 17, 2009
This recipe comes from the Woodlawn Plantation Cookbook published back in 1979. Woodlawn is a historical plantation near Mt. Vernon, Virginia not far from where we live. Mt. Vernon was the home of George Washington. This cookbook is comprised of recipes dating back to the early part of the 19th century. Many of these recipes are based upon foods that would have been available in Virginia in the first half of the 19th century or their modern equivalents. Anyhow, I think you get the basic idea. I have found several recipes in this book that I want to try and will be posting.
The strawberry muffins are very good but are basically a breakfast muffin. Their sweetness comes mainly from the strawberries. This is not a sweet or sugary muffin. I really liked them and I'm sure you could easily use any fruit you would like. I made the basic muffin recipe and just added strawberries. I will also post the recipe that they suggest usiing when using fruit. It might be a little sweeter since it uses brown sugar but I'm not sure since I haven't made them that way yet. They would also be very good warmed with some butter.
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup milk
Preheat over to 425 degrees F. Grease one 12 cup muffin pan. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Beat together the egg, melted butter and milk and fold into dry ingredients quickly and lightly. DO NOT OVERMIX!!! Spoon into the muffin cups and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 regular size muffins or 24 tiny size ones.
Alternative when using fruit:
Subtitute brown sugar for plain sugar
Substitute sour cream for milk
Add 1 cup halved or quartered fresh strawberries or 1 whole cup blueberries