Friday, 16 June 2017

Strawberry, Almond and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Post in collaboration with Scotty Brand


Fresh, delicious Scottish strawberries that taste and smell of summer combine with almonds and dark chocolate to make the perfect muffin. So quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast, with a cuppa or as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream on the side.



Strawberry season is here! These days we're used to seeing them on the Supermarket shelves all the year round but local and seasonal really is best. Whilst it's great to get out and indulge in some 'Pick Your Own' action at a local farm, we all love the convenience of being able to buy berries in the supermarket. For those of us in Scotland the next best thing is available thanks to Scotty Brand. All their berries are grown by Bruce Farms in rural Perthshire, run by a family who have been farming since 1898. The gentle climate and the light, fertile soil of the region make for excellent berry growing conditions. 


Scotty Brand only use select strawberry varieties for optimum taste and they are strictly seasonal (June - September) so their customers only ever enjoy the very best fruit. Find them on sale in Scottish Asda and Morrison stores. Just one bite and you'll see that they are proper tasty Strawberries bursting full of flavour.

How do you like you eat your strawberries? Au natural? or with a dollop of cream or ice cream ? or my own personal favourite - condensed milk! Whilst strawberries are undoubtedly delicious by themselves they are also a very versatile fruit for a variety of desserts, baking and drinks. In my recipe today I've combined them with the classic flavours of almond and dark chocolate in a quick and easy to make muffin which is perfect for breakfast, with a cuppa or as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream on the side.


Strawberry, Almond and Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 10 large/12 medium muffins

175g Plain Flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
75g Caster Sugar
50g Ground Almonds
60g Porridge Oats
1 Free Range Egg
240ml Milk
90ml Vegetable Oil
1 punnet/300g Scotty Brand Strawberries, diced
75g Dark Chocolate Chips
25g Flaked Almonds

Preheat the oven to 190c and place paper cases in a muffin tin.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Then add the ground almonds and porridge and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl beat the egg with a fork before adding the milk and oil.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Add two thirds of the strawberries and the same of the chocolate chips and gently mix. 
Spoon into the prepared tin and top with the reserves strawberries, chocolate chips and flaked almonds. 
Bake for 25 minutes or until tops are lightly browned and spring back when pressed gently.


For further inspiration of what to do with your Scotty Brand Strawberries here are some more of my recipes which incorporate them

I've even commissioned a new seasonal logo from mimihammill.com to celebrate summer. The Strawberry takes pride of place alongside my haggis, christmas pudding, pumpkin and easter egg variants. 


I've also just published a fantastic selection of Strawberry recipes in my new role as BritMums roundup editor plus there's plenty of Strawberries to be had in my Wimbledon Recipe Roundup from last summer. You'll be berry spoiled for choice! 


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www.foodiequine.co.uk Fresh, delicious Scottish strawberries that taste and smell of summer combine with almonds and dark chocolate to make the perfect muffin. So quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast, with a cuppa or as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream on the side.

Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe for Scotty Brand . As always, all views expressed are my own. 
Thank you for supporting the brands who make it possible for me to continue to share my Edible Scottish Adventures with you. I’m super choosy and promise to bring you only the cream of the crop.


26 comments :

  1. These would be great for breakfast, I've never heard of Scotty Brand before so glad you mentioned them!

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    1. Only to be found in Scottish shops at the moment, but any local berries will work well for this recipe.

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  2. These look fanastic, little bites of the essence of summer.

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    1. Oooh I might seal that quote, strawberries really are the essence of summer.

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  3. These muffins have it all, love the combo of flavors!

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  4. I love strawberry season. Of course we can buy strawberries throughout the year, but when the Scottish strawberries come in, you can really taste the difference. Lovely to see them in our supermarkets now. Your muffin recipe sounds lovely, and they would be perfect for picnics or a delicious breakfast.

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    1. You can absolutely taste the difference, they taste how strawberries SHOULD taste!

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  5. Now that strawberries are in season, it's so lovely to use them in as many different ways as possible. These look so full of deliciousness!

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    1. I always need to buy an extra punnet if I want to cook or bake with strawberries as the first one somehow gets inhaled!

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  6. Hi Claire, your strawberry, almond and chocolate chip muffins look fantastic. My family would go absolutely crazy for them. Delicious. Commenting as BritMums Baking Round-up Editor. :) x

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    1. Definitely a family friendly bake - and one that the kids can help make too.

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  7. These muffins sound absolutely amazing! Can't beat Scottish strawberries for the best taste!

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    1. Obviously I am biased but I really do think you can taste the difference in Scottish berries

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  8. The ingredients are lovely, must be really delicious in these muffins! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare

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    1. Chocolate, Strawberry and Almond are a perfect flavour combination.

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  9. Those muffins look so wonderful and summery - great with a cup of tea on the patio!

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    1. Absolutely! Let's just hope we get the weather to enjoy such alfresco eating.

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  10. These sound absolutely great Claire. I love strawberries, but as you say so often they're bland when they're out of season.
    Angela x

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    1. We are so used to having access to all the foods all year round and really must try and remember that in season food tastes SO much better!

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  11. these look scrumptious! such lovely flavour combinations inside one muffin! thanks for linking up to #BakeoftheWeek x

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    1. Thanks for hosting Jenny, Muffins are always my go to bake.

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  12. These look so good. One of the nicest looking muffins Ive seen in a while. I've just picked some raspberries and i think they would work in this recipe too. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare

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    1. Ooooh I think Raspberries and White Chocolate would be a winner.

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  13. Those strawberries look just perfect. What a creative way to make use of them!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, nice to use them for something other than with cream or ice cream.

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