marisa mariella

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Not Just Another Muffin Recipe

I get excited at the arrival of fresh local strawberries. Whether I’m picking them from a farm or purchasing them at one of our local farmers’ market, I love how this seasonal delicacy signals the arrival of warmer weather and the promise of other abundant local produce. Strawberries can be enjoyed simply on their own but I love using them to elevate a wide range of culinary creations. Even ordinary muffins gain status with the addition of these ruby-red gems. This muffin recipe is one of my favourites. Cake-like in texture, these fragrant individual cakes can be plated and transformed into a delicious elegant dessert that will leave your guests with a long-lasting memory of summer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert, muffins
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins


Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1⅛ cup sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 ounces vegetable oil
  • cup plain Greek yogurt
  • cups thickly slicked strawberries (leave 12 slices to decorate)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp lemon liqueur


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line 12-cup muffin tin with liners. Set aside.
  • In large bowl, sift dry ingredients.
  • In smaller bowl, use fork to mix wet ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry, using fork to mix lightly.
  • When almost completely mixed, lightly fold in strawberries without mashing them.
  • Scoop mixture into muffin liners, filling until almost full. For a bigger muffin, fill only 10 muffin liners.
  • Top each muffin with one slice of strawberry.
  • Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and place each muffin on rack to finish cooling.


To serve as dessert:
Remove paper liner and quarter each muffin.
Arrange on serving plate, allowing quarters to lay on their sides.

Place one diagonal slice of banana between each quarter (Use 4 slices.)

Scoop chocolate ice cream in centre.
Drizzle with strawberry sauce.

Top with a dollop of lightly sweetened mascarpone cream.

Garnish with mint leaves.
Serve immediately.
Keyword dessert, strawberries