Since summer is rapidly approaching, it was a no brainer for me to come up with the perfect easy muffin recipe utilizing fresh berries– Strawberry Swirl Coffee Cake Muffins.
They’re fluffy and moist on the inside, with chunks of fresh strawberry and beautifully golden crumb-covered muffin tops. The muffin has a delicious buttery flavor, strawberry preserves swirled into the batter, and little delicious pockets of strawberries. HELLO PERFECTION.
I made these muffins with Domino® Golden Sugar. It’s made from pure cane sugar, is less processed than white sugar, and yet works cup-for-cup just like white sugar. It also imparts just a hint of molasses flavor and has the perfect golden color. You can grab Domino® Golden Sugar on Amazon here! Or you can find it in your local grocery store! (Here’s a nifty little store locator tool!)
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SWIRL COFFEE CAKE MUFFINS
1. CRUMB TOPPING
Ahhh, sweet and buttery crumb topping… You’ll need seven ingredients for this crumb topping: Domino® Golden Sugar, Domino® Dark Brown Sugar, cinnamon, salt, flour, walnuts, and butter. If you’re allergic to nuts, or just don’t like them… you can totally leave them out without needing to add or alter any of the other ingredients!
To make the crumb topping, you simply just throw everything into the food processor and pulse until the mixture forms crumbs. Ta-da! Sweet, crumb topping with a slight crunch… try not to eat it all.
2. STRAWBERRY SWIRL
The strawberry swirl is even easier to throw together than the crumb topping is. Simply stir together fresh strawberry preserves and some lemon juice until it’s well combined. So simple, yet so good.
3. STRAWBERRY MUFFIN
These muffins are super moist… the secret? I use both sour cream AND buttermilk. I guess that’s not really a secret anymore, is it? But they’re both so crucial to the texture of the muffins. If you don’t have any sour cream on hand, you could always substitute with Greek yogurt. You can also substitute any type of milk for the buttermilk, but you’ll be missing out on *some* of the moistness.
To make these delicious muffins, you’ll start by creaming butter, Domino® Golden Sugar, and Domino® Dark Brown Sugar together until smooth and creamy. Then add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract and mix until evenly combined. Finally, you’ll add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk and strawberry chunks, and mix until just incorporated. From there, you just gotta fill your muffin tins and it’s off to the oven!
USING FRESH STRAWBERRIES IN MUFFINS
Fresh strawberries make all the difference in this recipe. While the swirl is made with strawberry preserves, which means you should use a high-quality brand, the fresh strawberries get folded into the muffins themselves.
CAN YOU USE FROZEN STRAWBERRIES?
Yes, if you’re in a pinch, but fresh will be better! Thaw the frozen strawberries and make sure to gently pat dry with paper towels so you don’t add too much moisture to the batter.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Best Strawberry Swirl Coffee Cake Muffins
- Don’t overmix your batter. Overmixing causes the muffins to get tough, which nobody wants. Mix just until everything is combined.
- Use a spring-loaded scoop to fill the muffin tins. You’ll need to fill each one with exactly 4.5 tablespoons of batter; it works best if you’re precise! Anything more will cause the muffins to overflow, and anything less will result in squat muffins.
- Bake muffins in a greased muffin tin or with paper liners to ensure your muffins come out of the pan in one piece. Either way, make sure to spray the outer top border around the muffin cavities as well so the muffin tops don’t stick!
- Press the crumb topping down into the batter so it sticks when the muffins rise in the oven.
- Don’t overbake your muffins. Bake them just until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean, or once you can touch the top of the muffin and the muffin springs back.
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Strawberry Swirl Coffee Cake Muffins
For the Strawberry Swirl:
- ¼ cup strawberry preserves
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
For the Crumb Topping:
- ¼ cup Domino® Golden Sugar
- ¼ cup Domino® Dark Brown Sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup unsalted butter cold & cubed
For the Muffins:
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ¾ cup Domino® Golden Sugar
- ¼ cup Domino® Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- ½ cup sour cream room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp coarse sea salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup buttermilk room temperature
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Prepare two muffin tins by spraying the inside of every other cavity or lining with cupcake liners. Spray the top of the muffin tins with cooking spray (to prevent the muffin tops from sticking) then set aside.
- Make the strawberry swirl: In a small bowl, stir together the strawberry preserves and lemon juice until combined. Set aside.
- Make the crumb topping: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the Domino® Golden Sugar, Domino® Dark Brown Sugar, flour, walnuts, cinnamon, and butter. Pulse until the topping begins to clump together and become crumbly. Set aside.
- Make the muffins: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, Domino® Golden Sugar, and Domino® Dark Brown Sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Beat on high speed until the mixture is combined and uniform in texture. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Whisk the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour together in a medium bowl. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, add the buttermilk and diced strawberries and mix on low speed until everything is combined.
- Spoon 4.5 tablespoons of batter into each cup or liner, filling each to the top. Then spoon about a teaspoon of the strawberry preserves/lemon juice mixture into each cup, swirling with a toothpick or skewer. Press a handful of the crumb topping into the top of each muffin.
- Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (220°C) degrees, then keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake for 15-17 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool the muffins in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then use an offset spatula to run underneath the edges of the strawberry muffin tops to prevent them from sticking in the pan. Be careful to just run the offset spatula under the edges—you don't want to accidentally cut into the muffin and decapitate the muffin from its top! After unsticking the muffin tops, keep cooling the muffins in the tins completely to room temperature.
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