I'm loving this time of year. Most people love it because summer is coming up, but I love it because of the strawberries!!
The local strawberries this year are completely insane. And by insane, I mean fantastic. We have these roadside stands where we can buy them from a local farm. They just started selling last week and I've been by the stand three times already. My first trip there I bought some strawberries with intentions of baking, but they were so darn good, we ate most all of them.
I saw these muffins on Squirrel Bakes several years ago and wanted to make them ever since. I made changes to the cream cheese filling, but kept everything else the same. The muffin batter seemed really thick to me so next time I make these, I may try increasing the milk amount to one cup. Either way, I love the combo of the fresh strawberries and the cream cheese.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins
Recipe slightly adapted from Squirrel Bakes
For the streusel topping
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoon cold butter, cubed
For the muffin
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup strawberries, cleaned and cut into small chunks
For the filling
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin pan with baking cups or grease generously.
Make the streusel topping first by combining flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Then, using a pastry cutter or forks, cut in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Set aside.
Now for the cream cheese filling, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and extract and mix until well combined.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, and egg. Next, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt and stir until just moistened. The mixture will be lumpy.
Spoon in about one tablespoon of muffin batter into each muffin cup and then top with half of the diced strawberries. Then top the strawberries with the cream cheese mixture (about a tablespoon). Spoon the remaining muffin batter into each cup and then top with the remaining strawberries and then sprinkle the streusel topping on top.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool in the pan for about 3-5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool further. If you can't wait to sink your teeth into one of these babies, REMEMBER, the strawberries are hot, hot, HOT!!
This recipe made 12 muffins for me.