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!
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?
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.
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).
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.
Next, crack two large eggs into a bowl. Then add the applesauce, oil and vanilla.
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.
Lastly Add in the flour mixture and mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the wet.
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.
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).
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.
Check out those muffin tops, would you?!
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.
Then simply drizzle it all over the tops of each muffin.
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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