It's time! The strawberries are ready for picking!
Hana and I had a fun morning this week picking LOTS of berries.
We went to some fields just south of our house.
The sun was warm, nice breeze, the air smelled like berries... it felt good.
We ended up with a lot!!! Now the fun begins- what to do with them all.
I made some into sauce, for peanut butter and jelly sundaes!
Hana made strawberry cupcakes, with strawberry cream cheese frosting!!!! WOW!!!!
Strawberry Cupcake Recipe
makes 12 cupcakes
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped strawberries
1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed (I did not need/use this)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add flour, baking powder and salt with the mixer on low speed, then gradually increase speed. Add in chopped strawberries and beat on medium speed until the strawberries break down – about 1-2 minutes. At this point, the strawberries most likely have enough liquid that you don’t need to add any milk to the batter. If you batter seems dry and is not like typical cake batter (see 1st picture above), then add milk 1-2 tablespoons at a time, beating until incorporated.
Pour into cupcake liners, filling 2/3 of the way full, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cake is set. Let cool, then frost.
We used the fresh berries in it.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Hana added some of the fresh fruit- pureed in it!
In case you have a few berries left, here is another recipe that I want to make this weekend.