Forget your shortcakes, your chocolate coatings, your balsamic glazes. For me, the best way to enjoy a fresh local strawberry is to grab it by the leaves, dunk it into sour cream, then plunge it into brown sugar. Then get out of the way of that strawberry as it gets into my mouth! I don't share well sometimes.
Sadly, the local strawberry season is over in the blink of an eye, and the
I wanted to share how our household generates very little waste with the strawberries, so I thought I'd pose the composting pigs in the strawberry patch with the strawberry tops. The pigs were not informed of my plans, and ran amuck in the strawberries instead. Did you know pigs will eat the plants, too, not just the fruit? Now you do. In the future, they can eat alfresco only in the clover.
Strawberry Sour Cream Brown Sugar Soaked Oatmeal Muffins1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup strawberries (fresh & local or if frozen, let them thaw as the buttermilk and oats hang out)
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I'm using kosher)
In a large bowl, combine oats and buttermilk. Let it sit on your counter for at least an hour, up to overnight (or you can prep this step up to several days in advance and store in the fridge). When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a muffin pan with oil. Stir sour cream into the oat mixture, then add strawberries. Mash them well (I used my potato masher) then add the oil, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Stir well. Dump the dry ingredients on top, and stir until just combined. Scoop** into the prepared pan. Bake 15-18 minutes until done. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling. Serve warm (the butter gets all melty) or at room temp.
**My scoop holds 3 Tablespoons (1 ½ ounces) by volume, though the muffin batter is mounded in the scoop so I'm pretty sure I'm putting a good 3 ½ to 4 Tablespoons into each muffin well. The muffin wells in my regular muffin pans each hold 3 ounces by volume.
This muffin recipe is joining the clever chicks at the Clever Chick Blog Hop, TastyTuesdays, the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up, What's Cookin' Wednesday, What's In The Box--the traveling edition, and the From The Farm Blog Hop.
|Simon was very curious about the photo shoot.|