Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Abby Cadabby's Disappearing Strawberry Muffins

I can't believe that Christmas is arriving in 6-7 weeks and soon the year, 2012 is going to be over...

For the past few months, my son has been showing a lot of interest in my baking. He was excited when he first saw this recipe from the book, "B" is for Baking by Sesame Street, Susan McQuillan and I can tell that he really want to bake these muffins with me. Since I need "assistance" for my Christmas baking, I thought I might as well start training him... LOL!

The recipes in this book, "B" is for Baking are designed in the way to encourage kids to bake and eat healthy foods with lots of wholegrain, fresh fruits and vegetables. Each recipe indicates steps that will allow kids' participation so that they will be proud of their own bakes and eat them all.

These muffins are not sweet at all and the recipe can be versatile too by replacing the strawberries with peaches, nectarines or other berries in season. My three year old boy and I were like a tag-team baking these muffins. We really enjoy baking together and will bake more as a mummy-and-son team in the near future.


Based on the muffin's name, I would think that these healthy muffins will be disappearing fast in our house but they didn't. As these muffins are low fat and really not sweet at all, my husband and I didn't feel like eating much of them. In fact, my son was the one who ate most of the muffins eventually as he didn't want to waste his efforts of baking these muffins. I guess the book is totally right in this kiddy concept and mindset of baking... LOL!

Strawberry muffins baked by our mummy-and-son team
My baking apprentice :D
Making the muffin batter
Baking the muffins
Mummy's job to test the muffins
We are proud of our strawberry muffins...
... and happy to watch them disappearing! They all went into a little boy's tummy.
Here's the recipe from the book, "B" is for Baking by Sesame Street, Susan McQuillan
(with my sight modification in blue)

Makes 12 muffins

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt (replaced by buttermilk)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large egg
2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
 

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Preheat the oven to 400°F (or 180°C fan forced).
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Line 12 muffin cups with paper or foil liners.
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In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
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In a large bowl, use a rubber spatula to stir together the yogurt (buttermilk) and oil, then stir in the egg until well-blended. Stir in the flour mixture just until mixed. (We forgot to add buttermilk before this step and so we added the buttermilk after stirring in the flour mixture.)  Fold in the strawberries.
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Fill the muffin cups two-thirds of the way full.
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Bake for 20 to 25 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean. Transfer to rack to cool for a minute or two. Turn the muffins out to cool further.


Happy Baking

49 comments:

  1. Beautiful strawberry muffins!!!

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  2. Wow! such a good team work! My son is 3 too, I enrolled him in 'Chef-R-us' program, surprisingly he enjoyed the food that he wouldn't eat if I were to prepare at home! looks like they enjoyed the hard work of their hands! haha!

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  3. Damn attractive muffins,highly irresistible.

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  4. Hi Zoe,
    This is a lovely post.
    The muffins looks great with strawberries and pink cupcake casing.
    But most of all is the main actor..LOL your 3 years old boy. I bet he is really excited to bake this with his mum(tag team..^^) and both of you have done a great job.
    I do agree, when kids are proud of their own bakes, they will eat.
    Hope to see more of your mummy-and-son (tag team) bakes in future~~
    mui..^^

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  5. I love all the berries in these muffins! Baking with the kids is alway fun and such a great way to spend time together. I am looking forward to having some time to browse through your blog! Take care, Lori

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  6. Wow Zoe, nice muffins, I love the big chunks of strawberries in it...so pretty and flavorful!
    Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful week :)

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  7. Zoe, I would have thought that you will only buy blue muffin cases as you have a son, hahaha! If I bake healthy muffins, my son won't like it that much & my hubby & I have to finish them ourselves! These strawberries muffins sound like a great recipe to me!

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  8. Zoe, look absolutely delicious and I LOVE YOUR TIMER!! SO CUTE!!

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  9. I love strawberries, so these would definitely disappear in my house!

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  10. My Little Taz said Yummy for my Tummy Mom!
    Looks like we will be trying this soon.

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  11. Hi Zoe, Such cute little fresh muffins. Simply loved the ice cream shaped timer. And boy what an amazing help you have in your kitchen..great job mum+boy !!

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  12. Yes....I enjoyed scrolling down looking at your photos for this post. Beautiful....because I loves the red, I loves the strawberries the most ! Isn't it fun to have some helper in the kitchen? Hopefully as he grow along he still likes being a helper to you....you know lah boys usually dont like cooking!

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  13. Zoe, I think I am a bad mum, didnt wan my gal to "help" cos she create mess than help hahaha....

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  14. Zoe, I love that you have a helper in the kitchen!!! None of my 3 showed any interest in cooking, just eating! Lucky you. And your muffins look fantastic~

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  15. Wonderful! Zoe, baking with your little boy! The muffins looks great. He must be really proud of his efforts! I bet that he has already planned what he is going to bake next! Keep them coming!

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  16. Hi Zoe. I am cracking up at the last few photos showing what your son did and what you did. My kids love cooking with me as well, and it's such a fun activity to do together. It also teaches them so much about math, time, organization etc. I also love that your son was willing to eat the "not so sweet muffins" because he baked them. What a good little guy ;)

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  17. So nice looking. I like the oatmeal as one of the ingredients. Strawberry will make it taste a bit soury sweet. Lovely baked, Zoe.

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  18. Hehehe I love this one.... he must be a cute looking chef ;-)

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  19. Aw...I love seeing kids in the kitchen. My boys cooked with me and now they are all good cooks. (One of them is a better cook than me.) These muffins are beautiful, with those lovely berries. I've saved this recipe to make with my school kids- they love to cook too. :)

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  20. Zoe, these are my kind of muffins, low fat, low sugar with fruits, with healthier flour :) Love how pretty these look. I thought your hubby and son are so funny, to be hanging out outside Ya Kun... should have asked them in to sit down and have some tea :)

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  21. Zoe~~
    its a nice experience~~~
    cute n yummy~~

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  22. A very sweet post, both from the strawberries and the mother and son teamwork! Love it!

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  23. Zoe, the muffins are gorgeous! Very nice that your son baked with you. Way to go little guy!

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  24. Looks like you had fun baking with your son. I just made some muffins with my boy a few days ago, and he kept telling everyone who tasted it that he had a hand in making it :D

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  25. Your budding little chef certainly done a fantastic job ! Great teamwork , guys ! lol The muffins look delicious and very pretty indeed ! Love the step by step photos :D

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  26. Zoe, you're such a patient mum to work hand in hand with your son..I can imagine you both had a great time...wonderful:)

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  27. Hmmmm i onced bsked a healthy, not so sweet batch of cookies with my son, and after trying to finish a few, he announced "Mum, i think i dont want to eat the cookies anymore, they are not very nice. Can we feed the fishes with these?" !! But i agree that mummy and son baking tgether is a great bonding experience :)

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  28. It's always amazing to bake with children & your son surely had great fun baking with you! My youngest son baked some Halloween cookies with me a couple of weeks ago. It's really great to share the same interest & spend quality time with them . Time flies & the next thing you know , they're heading to University ! Well, that's my case in 2 years time! LOL These strawberry cupcakes look so juicilicious ( just invented that word, myself! LOL)with lovely red color! They look so mouth watering. No worries about not baking with THB this month. Glad that you had great vacation with family in Singapore & Shanghai. Have a nice day, Zoe & great job to the mini chef! :)

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  29. If your son loved them, then I guess the psychology worked. That's great you are teaching him to bake so young.
    -Gina-

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  30. You are so smart to get the children into cooking/baking. This will stay with them forever. I know, i have 4 sons who are all good in the kitchen. Thank you for your welcome. Good to be back.
    Rita

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  31. Such wonderful cupcakes! Delicious, pretty and easy! Just perfect :-)
    And I love the mom/buy part :-)

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  32. What a taste of Springtime and how wonderful that your son has helped all along the way to snacktime!

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  33. I can't believe Christmas is so soon, and the year is almost over. Time does seem to fly, doesn't it? Anyway, really nice recipe and what a fun time baking with your buddy. I love the "boy" and "mum" pictures! Soon you'll have your son trained so they'll all say boy! Good stuff- thanks.

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  34. I can't wait till my son can cook with me!

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  35. Awww....straberries, my favourite! What a beautiful muffin!

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  36. What a great way to introduce kids to food, the cupcakes look very delicious!

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  37. Haha, I love love love how you present your post, it's like reading a fun story book of a mum and 2 boys baking happily in their sweet lit kitchen. Very pretty strawberry muffins! Thanks for sharing this Zoe. :)) have a lovely weekend ya...

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  38. Such yummy looking muffins! It's always fun to have little helpers in the kitchen. :D

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  39. these look so fun and yummy! and i totally love your timer!!

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  40. Hey there. Thanks for dropping by my way! Is it really only 6-7 weeks left before Christmas??!! I need to get organised!
    Love the healthy muffins!

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  41. So deliciously studded my friend, I can see why you have none left :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  42. A great way to start them young, Zoe. I see that your son has the potential to be the next Master Chef Jr..great looking muffins.

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  43. soon you will need to get an apron for your son! at least he appreciates his own efforts and eats the muffins. Waste not, good boy!

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  44. I love it! And I adore that they're studded with fresh strawberries...I'm following you on Twitter =)

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  45. What a brilliant idea! So cute that you have a mummy-and-son baking club, and perfect encouragement for kids to eat their fruits and veg when they are baked into cakes... by them! Great post :)

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  46. i'm keen in finding out about this book
    a great way to bond :) also to encourage kids involvement in the kitchen, my kids would love that!
    ur son is really good! and gosh how i wish my kids want to eat more varieties of food, my bakes to be particular :)

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