Strawberry Lemon Lavender Crumb Muffins

Make plans this weekend to bake up a batch of these incredible Strawberry Lemon Lavender Crumb Muffins! A winning combo of sweet strawberries, bright lemon and delicate notes of lavender. All of which are baked into a moist and crumbly-topped muffin. If you’re feeling it, drizzle them with a lemony sour cream glaze. Delish!

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I’m so feeling these muffins.

I originally had plans to bake up some form of strawberry bread, but that morphed into muffins. Then I recalled this muffin recipe and since I can never say no to a crumb topping, I went for it. Adding lemon zest and lavender into the strawberry muffin batter. The whole shebang transpired in a series of daydreams and then into what you see before you.

It took all the will power I have (which normally is enough to fill a thimble) to not eat two of these muffins at once. So yes, this was my breakfast and lunch. I don’t regret it. Because ^^^ those are the only muffin tops I want. knowwhatimean?

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Lavender in desserts is phenomenal. If you’re new to baking with lavender, then let this muffin recipe be the one you start with. It’s not overwhelmingly purfume-y but it does have a subtle floral note that works perfectly with the lemon and strawberry.

If you lovely souls have my cookbook, then you may recall a certain lemon lavender crème brulee — AMAZING! Just be sure you buy culinary lavender or else I can’t be held responsible.

Let’s roll.

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To make these fan-tabulous muffins, here’s what you’ll need: 1-3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 cup granulated sugar, zest from one medium lemon, 2 large eggs, 1/4 cup unsweetened all natural applesauce, 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or other light and flavorless oil), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries, 1-1/2 teaspoons culinary lavender (buds).

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Start by whisking together the all purpose flour with the baking soda and salt, then set it off to the side. In a separate bowl, use your fingers to massage the zest and sugar together. It should resemble wet sand.

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Next, crack two large eggs into a bowl. Then add the applesauce, oil and vanilla.

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Next add in the lemon sugar and whisk to combine. Then in goes the chopped strawberries and lavender buds, switch over to a rubber spatula and stir to combine.

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Lastly Add in the flour mixture and mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the wet.

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Divide the muffin batter among the paper cups that are lining standard muffin pan. Firmly tap the pan onto your countertop to settle the batter and remove any air pockets.

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Now it’s time to make the crumb topping. Start by adding 3/4 cup of flour, 1/3 cup light brown sugar and 5 tablespoons cold (doesn’t have to be ice cold) butter into a medium bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the dry ingredients. Keep going until the butter is barely noticeable and the mixture resembles wet sand (similar to the sugar from earlier).

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Use your fingers to pinch pieces of the crumb topping and then scatter it generously over the top of the muffins. Keep in mind, these muffins will rise and the tops will spread a bit, picking up the nearby crumbs.

Now, just slide the muffin pan onto the middle rack of your preheated 350° oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean after being inserted in the middle of a muffin.

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Like so.

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Check out those muffin tops, would you?!

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The glaze is simple: 1/3 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or enough lemon juice until a desired consistency is reached.

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Then simply drizzle it all over the tops of each muffin.

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Feel free to drizzle a little more glaze after each bite too. I. Can’t. Get. Enough.

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or Instagram!

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Strawberry Lemon Lavender Crumb Muffins

Make plans this weekend to bake up a batch of these incredible Strawberry Lemon Lavender Crumb Muffins! A winning combo of sweet strawberries, bright lemon and delicate notes of lavender. All of which are baked into a moist and crumbly-topped muffin. If you're feeling it, drizzle them with a lemony sour cream glaze. Delish!

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: about 25 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour

Ingredients:

FOR THE MUFFINS:

1-3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup granulated sugar

zest from one medium lemon

2 large eggs

1/4 cup unsweetened all natural applesauce

1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or any light flavorless oil)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups chopped fresh strawberries

1-1/2 teaspoons culinary lavender

FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING:

3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1/3 cup light brown sugar

5 tablespoons chilled (not ice cold) unsalted butter

FOR THE SOUR CREAM GLAZE:

1/3 cup sour cream

1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or more as needed

Directions:

FOR THE MUFFINS: Preheat your oven to 350° and line a standard muffin pan with paper liners.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Then use your fingers to rub the sugar with the lemon zest until it resembles wet sand, set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla together. Add in the sugar and whisk until incorporated. Then switch to a rubber spatula and stir in the strawberries and lavender.
Lastly, add the flour mixture into the bowl and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.

Divide the muffin batter into the lined muffin pan, tap the pan firmly on the counter to get rid of any air pockets and then set aside.

FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING: Measure and add the flour, brown sugar and butter into a medium bowl. Use a pastry blender and cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles wet sand. Use your fingers to pinch pieces of the crumb topping and top each unbaked muffin with an generous and even amount.

Slide the pan onto the middle rack of your preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a tester after inserted comes out clean.

Allow the muffins to cool before drizzling with glaze.

FOR THE GLAZE: Measure and add the sour cream to a bowl. Sift in the powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and enough lemon juice until it reaches a desired consistency.

Drizzle glaze over muffins before serving.

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4 Responses to “Strawberry Lemon Lavender Crumb Muffins”

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    Alison's Allspice — April 27, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I was gifted some lavender over the holidays this year, this looks like a perfect way to try it out! Pinned for later, Thanks!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 30th, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

      You’ll have to keep me posted on what you think! Enjoy!

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    2pots2cook — April 30, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Oh dear ! Lavender is my favourite edible flower. Tank you so much for this idea !

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