Here in the Midwest it is strawberry picking season. I never picked strawberries before. But as a stay-at-home mom, you need to get creative with activities for the little ones. Since my daughter just turned four, I knew she was old enough to enjoy time at a berry patch. I was correct.
We met up with a friend and her three little girls. All the children had fun. Here is how it went: pick one, eat one. Pick one, eat one. You get the idea. Our girls loved eating the strawberries right there in the middle of that strawberry patch. I on the other hand preferred to wait, looking forward to finding a strawberry recipe and then enjoy the berry special creation. Below I am sharing one such recipe.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk
- 1/4 canola oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350. In medium bowl, stir flour, baking soda and salt until well blended. In small bowl, combine buttermilk, oil and vanilla.
- In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar and butter 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture and beat just until combined, occasionally scraping bowl. Fold strawberries into batter.
- Line 24 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Spoon batter evenly into cups. Bake 22 to 24 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center of cupcakes comes out clean, rotating pans between upper and lower racks halfway through baking. Cool cupcakes in pan on wire rack 20 minutes. Remove cupcakes from cups to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
- 6 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extracts
In medium bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat powdered sugar, butter, strawberries and vanilla 1 minute or just until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Increase speed to medium and beat 3 minutes or until smooth and creamy, scraping bowl occasionally.
The same berry patch has raspberries which are now coming into season. So, I guess we will be planning another trip to the berry patch very soon.
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