It’s strawberry season … and although I usually pair white chocolate with raspberries, the abundance of beautiful berries available prompted me to try this combination. It may sound awfully sweet but the secret of these muffins is the buttermilk, which makes the crumb incredibly light and tender. In a heavier cake, I imagine that the white choc and fruit might overpower without a more tart note to balance it but in these muffins, their lightness works beautifully with the sweet flavour. These are a lovely afternoon muffin with a cup of tea but I wouldn’t say no at breakfast time either, and with a scoop of ice cream (hey, why not go all out!) they would make a lovely dessert too.
Strawberry & White Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins
75g unsalted butter
200g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp baking powder
75g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
200ml buttermilk (or 100g yoghurt and 100ml semi-skimmed milk)
1 large egg
Small punnet strawberries, washed and diced (plus extra for decoration if wished)
100g white chocolate, roughly chopped (80g for the batter, 20g for decoration)
Preheat oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Line a standard 12 hole or jumbo 6 hole muffin tray with paper cases.
Melt the butter and set aside to cool a little.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and in a measuring jug beat together the buttermilk (or yoghurt and milk), egg and melted butter.
Using a wooden spoon and a light hand, pour the wet ingredients into the dry along with the chopped strawberries and 80g of the white chocolate and mix gently to combine. Don’t worry about lumps; the important thing is the mixture isn’t over-worked.
Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes, by which time the muffins should be risen, golden and firm on top.
Allow to cool then melt the remaining white chocolate in the microwave on High for around 1 minute (keep checking and stirring to make sure it doesn’t ‘seize’) and drizzle over the muffins with a spoon. Decorate with a whole strawberry if wished.
These freeze well in an airtight box though I’d recommend freezing them without the fruit and chocolate topping and adding these when you want to serve them instead.