Remember way back in the day before kale exploded – not literally, of course (gather ’round, my dear children, and let me tell you the story of the Great Kale Explosion of 2014) – and people used to make smoothies with regular fruits like bananas and strawberries and blueberries? Talk about vintage, am I right? Smoothies that weren’t green! They used to be a thing!
As usual, I have no idea how time works, other than that it goes by way too fast. One minute, it’s January, and the next, it’s the Fourth of July! The next time I blink it’ll be Thanksgiving.
But back to July. These red-white-blue muffins are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday, even if they turned out more pink-beige-aqua.
My parents have a garden back home, filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and most importantly, strawberries. They’re small, but what they lack in size, they make up for in flavor – so sweet and fresh and completely different from those monster strawberries you see in grocery stores. Every summer, my father wages war against the neighborhood rabbits over our strawberries, setting up fences and mesh covers, and every year, those furry thieves manage to sneak through anyways. No matter how hard we try, we always find a handful of berries that have been munched on.
The bunnies know where it’s at, that’s for sure. And as good as strawberries are fresh from the garden, they might be even better in these muffins. With chunks of strawberries studded throughout and a slice of roasted strawberry on top, these muffins showcase the fruit in the best possible way.
Fight off an army of rabbits if you have to, or maybe just go to the farmers market or grocery store, but make sure you save some strawberries this season to make these muffins.
For round three, we’ve got a fruity mashup – strawberries against pineapple-rosemary. In retrospect, I wish I had added some basil to the strawberry mallows for a more exotic flavor, but oh well, shoulda coulda woulda.
With spring just around the corner (finally, am I right? I feel like this winter has been particularly Narnia-esque, before Aslan saved the day), I decided to roll these in pastel sanding sugar to give them a nice crunch. Like Peeps, except way, way better.