So If I believed in the ancient Greek gods, I would guess Poseidon and Zephyr were pissed. This has been the most bizarre weather week I have ever seen for Alexandria. On Tuesday there was an earthquake and yesterday tornadoes. And it is true between the freakish nature tantrums and the torrential down pour; the dreary weather could soak down your spirits and sop up your heart. Nonetheless, with a happy tune and yummy treats all is well. To bring back a little bit of sunshine I adapted a recipe from Nigella's Lemon Raspberry Muffins to be a little more summer friendly. It is super fast and super easy, and your reward fresh, hot, sweet but not too sweet, summery, golden, muffins. Please enjoy and remember to smile...
Lime Strawberry Muffins
1 1/3 cup of flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of sugar
zest and juice of 1 lime
just shy of 1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of mushed up strawberries
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter
Crank up that ol' oven 400. Line your muffin tin muffin cups, I also like to spray with some non-stick cooking spray the muffin tops don't stick to the tin.
Pop the butter in the microwave and nuke it until melts. Leave it in there while it cools a bit.
In a largish bowl whist together all the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and the zest of the lime.
In a measuring cup with juice your lime, and fill with milk the rest of the way to the 1 cup mark. Add your strawberries and mash until feeling fully relieved of all upper back tension (to your discretion.)
In the bowl you melted the butter in add 1 egg and beat until combined.
Whisk the dry ingredients to aerate, quickly add the wet ingredients at once. You have to work quickly here just barely mix the ingredients until slightly damp but well combined. Spoon into the muffin cups (I use a ice cream scooper that makes perfectly rounded half moons and deposits them with a flick of a finger and the greatest of ease.)
Place in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
Please enjoy your little bit of golden summer, much love, and happy baking.