Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentines Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

What nicer way to wake up to fresh Strawberry cream cheese muffins?
 Of course with your wonderful significant other?
Muffin Mix
2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
1 cup fresh strawberries washed and cleaned, chopped into small slices or chunks
 optional strawberry preserves

Cream Cheese Mixture
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat over to 350F. Line muffin pans.

You will need three bowls:

Using a small bowl,  make the above cream cheese mixture blending with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a seperate bowl. Set aside.

Whisk together milk, melted butter,extract and egg in another bowl.

Fold  the milk mixture into the flour mixture gently until all ingredients are moistened.  Spoon the batter into the prepared paper lined muffin tins around 1/2 full. Top with chopped strawberries over each one.

Top it with a teaspoonful of  cheese mixture, a teaspoons more of muffin batter to cover it, and finally a more strawberries. Layering every cupcake muffin the same way.

Bake for 25 minutes, until they’re light golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Serve with  heated strawberry preserves.
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