Sunday, November 14, 2010

SMS - Strawberry Lemon Rosemary Muffins & A Winner

We have a winner!!! My blogging pal, Gnee of Singing With Birds is the winner of the $45.00 CSN Stores certificate! Congratulations, Gnee!!

Sweet Melissa's cookbook contains numerous sweet and savory versions for these muffins. The Peach version of these muffins was the first recipe I ever baked with SMS. Carmelized Onion, Sage and Cheddar were my first savory muffins.

The first time I made these I learned the batter was very thick and the muffins tend to be on the dry side. With each subsequent baking, I've been adding a little more milk or cream and depending on the moisture in the fruit or vegetables, about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of sour cream.

Lemon and rosemary are two of my favorite flavors. I couldn't wait to taste these muffins. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. There was only a hint of the rosemary flavor and I could hardly taste the lemon. Rosemary can be such a strong flavor, I am always hesitant to add more but this is one recipe where more is necessary. With the price of strawberries right now, I decided to use frozen. I was a little concerned they might be too wet but I should have known better. Even with the addition of sour cream, these were still a little dry.

I am determined to figure out the perfect combination of milk, sour cream and vegetables or fruit for this recipe. I think it has the potential to make a fabulous muffin.

Thanks to the talented Shandy of Pastry Heaven for choosing this weeks recipe. You can find the recipe on her blog. If you'd like to see the combinations chosen by the other SMS bakers, go here!!

13 comments:

  1. Sounds like a different recipe! I'm not sure how I would like rosemary in with muffins though.

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  2. They look great even though you were not too pleased with the end result. I reduced the flour to 2 cups after reading posts from previous muffins being too dry and dense.

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  3. My husband mentioned it being a little dry. I made them for him, gluten free.

    Yours look pretty enough to eat.

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  4. My batter was super-thick, too... I'm definitely trying your additions next time! :) Your muffins look fab!

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  5. I keep forgetting to add sour cream and I know you are so right! I love your muffins and sorry the lemon and rosemary flavors did not come through like you were looking for. When you find the perfect ingredient ratio, I hope you share with the rest of us muffin people =). Thank you for baking along with me this week!

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  6. Congratulations to Gnee! Good for you, for wanting to stick with the recipe until it turns out the way you like. That's the way to perfection!

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  7. Sorry you were disappointed, they look great though! And such a nice combination of flavors!

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  8. WOW Julie, I just stopped by to check out your delicious looking muffin and saw that I won your giveaway! What a delightful surprise.

    Thanks for working on the perfect muffin that will compliment my salad post tomorrow. I so wish we could have a little Fall potluck luncheon. I dream of this kind of thing. One day we will do it!

    Thanks again Julie. I'm thrilled!

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  9. Hi, Julie, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and showing some comment love. It's nice chatting with people who are familiar with Kansas City... and I am moderately familiar with Omaha, as well, as my grandmother lives there and more family lives across the river in Council Bluffs. I enjoy visiting both areas. My husband and I love the riverfront area in Omaha when we visit.

    It is nice meeting you, and I do hope you visit again! Your muffins look delicious, I am curious about the rosemary in them!

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  10. I love savory muffins but have found that I have the same problem of dryness. I'm really tempted to try these.

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  11. I hear you...this recipe definitely needs tweaks. My first attempt at these months ago was awful. But this time I had success! I used sour cream in place of heavy cream and skim milk in place of whole milk. I also cut back on the flour by a generous 1/4 cup. The muffin was moist and had a nice texture. Good luck in your quest for the perfect muffin!

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  12. I thought it was a thick batter but mine tasted great! I added a little more lemon zest I think- I just zested 2 lemons and about a tsp of rosemary and the hint of it is nice. I have the rest of mine frozen in zip lock bags for the kids to take to school! They won't mind if they are dry!

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  13. When you figure out that winning combination please let us know. Beucase these sound like they could be incredibly delicious.

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