Italian Strawberry Muffins Recipe

These easy homemade Italian Strawberry Muffins are super moist and filled with fresh strawberries, and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. They’re like ME-TIME in a patty pan. Just add a hot mug of coffee or tea. 😉

Strawberry Muffins Recipe - These easy homemade muffins are filled with fresh strawberries, super moist on the inside and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. | wandercooks.com

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Sometimes the smallest things can set off a bout of homesickness. Thankfully though, sometimes the simplest things can cure it. These super easy Strawberry Muffins were our 30 minute cure during a rather strong bout of homesickness while we were overseas, so we thought we’d share their delicious goodness in case you need a sweet little pick-me-up too.

Wandering through the middle of South East Asia was a heck of an adventure.

We were so lucky to see, try and taste so many zany new foods, but the longer we travelled, the more we started to miss…

Familiar things…

Comforting things…

Flavours that reminded us of home when it all got a bit too hard.

Strawberry Muffins Recipe - These easy homemade muffins are filled with fresh strawberries, super moist on the inside and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. | wandercooks.com

One day, about 9 months into our travels, homesickness struck for the first time, and it struck hard.

You know those days where even the simplest little things go wrong? Yep, that was our day.

I think it was a case of which straw broke the camel’s back first – perhaps it was the endless screaming tuk tuk drivers, or tripping over pot holes and splashing in mud, or getting beeped out of the way by crazy scooters – or just another regular hectic day in a bustling Asian city.

Before we knew it our teeth were on edge, and there was nothing to do but to retreat to our room and tuck into some comfort food.

Only, we had no food… gah!

Thank god for coffee, what a lifesaver.

Hot cuppa in hand, we flipped open the laptop and started reminiscing about the journey so far. So many memories. Photo after photo slid past, just like the storm of our crappy mood, and soon we were laughing and smiling again.

Strawberry Muffins Recipe - These easy homemade muffins are filled with fresh strawberries, super moist on the inside and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. | wandercooks.com

Then we found these photos from the time we baked these gorgeous little Italian Strawberry Muffins with our favourite chef Roberta.

Skip back to that hot day in Bologna. >>

We’d missed a train, hiked a steep mountain path, and arrived late to our Italian cooking class, dripping with sweat but keen as beans to start cooking (and more importantly, eating).

Strawberry Muffins Recipe - These easy homemade muffins are filled with fresh strawberries, super moist on the inside and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. | wandercooks.com

First Roberta taught us her favourite recipe for this amazing venison ragu, a different take on Bologna’s beloved spaghetti bolognese.

Then, an unexpected surprise!

Out came Roberta’s prized handwritten recipe, along with sugar, flour and strawberries, and soon we’d whipped up a batch of these unassuming little muffins in their sugary dust jackets.

Strawberry Vanilla Muffins - Handwritten recipe for lovable pillows of sweetness. These muffins are the perfect dessert or snack. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Roberta could see us hovering by the oven door watching the magic take place.

I remember lifting my hand only for it to be swatted away. ‘Tsk tsk’ said Roberta, ‘never open the oven when baking dessert. Otherwise, the baking power will fly away and the dessert will go floppy!’

Good tip.

If you’re anything like us you’ll be right there at the oven door too, watching avidly as the muddy little puddles of muffin rise into pillowy soft cushions of goodness.

All we can say is: resist! It will all be worth it in the end.

Promise!

Strawberry Muffins Recipe - These easy homemade muffins are filled with fresh strawberries, super moist on the inside and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. | wandercooks.com

Italian Strawberry Muffins Recipe

Oooh yeah… These little Italian Strawberry Muffins are like mini portions of happiness aren’t they? Comfort food to the MAX.

One bite and we were back home again in our minds: on a summery afternoon with grandparents, sipping coffee or tea, a fresh baked muffin at hand…

One final piece of advice from Roberta: ‘Cook with your heart and you can’t go wrong.’

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 🙂

Well we certainly felt better after our muffin cooking escapade. How about you?

What food is your homesickness cure? What’s that one amazing dish you can’t eat without setting off a flood of memories? We’d love to know. Drop a comment below and let us know. 🙂

Strawberry Muffins Recipe - These easy homemade muffins are filled with fresh strawberries, super moist on the inside and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. | wandercooks.com

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Strawberry Vanilla Muffins
 
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These easy homemade Italian Strawberry Muffins are super moist and filled with fresh strawberries, and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. They're like ME-TIME in a patty pan. Just add a hot mug of coffee or tea. 😉
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 150 g fine plain flour (‘00’ flour works best if you have it)
  • 125 g sugar
  • 8 g baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 25 g butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 8 strawberries, chopped into small pieces
Instructions
  1. Let's start by preheating the oven to 180˚ Celsius / 356˚ fahrenheit. (Plus, a little pro-tip from Roberta - if your oven is capable, set the humidity to 10%.)
  2. Pop your flour, sugar, baking powder and pinch of salt into a small mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Next, crack the egg into a larger mixing bowl or the bowl of your Kitchenaid. Pour in the milk, add the butter and the vanilla essence, and mix for 2-3 minutes on low to medium speed. Gradually pour in the dry ingredients and continue to mix until well combined.
  4. Now it's time to add the strawberries! Mix them through with a wooden spoon so they don't get minced.
  5. Carefully spoon your muffin mixture into patty pans - the neater you are doing this, the nicer your muffins will look once cooked!.
  6. Pop them in the oven and bake for around 25 minutes or until gorgeously golden brown.
Notes
Always use an egg stored at room temperature when baking or making desserts.

Avoid splattering the sides of the patty pans with the muffin mixture. They’ll look neater and more delicious once cooked!

Stack at least two patty pans per muffin, as this will help to retain the shape of the muffin when cooking.

 

Strawberry Vanilla Muffins - Ready in 30 minutes, this lovable pillows of sweetness are the perfect dessert or snack. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com
Strawberry Muffins Recipe - These easy homemade muffins are filled with fresh strawberries, super moist on the inside and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. | wandercooks.com
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2 Comments

  1. Andreas Bauer

    18/11/2015 at 4:35 pm

    With that combo you can’t go wrong… Now I have a question for you two Marco Polos.

    Once I went to France, near La Rochelle, and drank some of the local rose. Soooooooo good. Smelling the ocean and hearing the sound of waves was another highlight. I quickly bought a huge amount to bring back after the holidays, but when I opened the first bottle… It tasted just like a cheapo from Dan Murphy’s. So, what happened here? I can tell you what I think. I think you can never catch the spirit of memories AND take it home.

    As a migrant I never had such a thing like homesickness. Australia is way too exiting.

    One last thing ladies, just let your mums and aunties know what you really missed. I am sure, you will be pleased at the end. And remember to breathe in as many air as you can. You’ll soon be missing it.
    A.B

    • Wandercooks

      19/11/2015 at 3:38 pm

      That’s a very interesting point about memories, particularly with travelling in other countries. That’s why we love writing these stories and keeping a journal of our adventures!

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