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June 27, 2013

Bake Fresh From the Garden: Strawberry Sage Muffins

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Gluten Free Strawberry Sage Muffins



With my oldest home for the summer I have been baking and cooking up a storm. They are able to eat more food than I would think possible for two little children. They are always able to surprise me, especially when it comes to food. As I have posted before I have a new herb garden after my last one left my porch (with help). I try to use everything that I grow in my garden, with little waste. The herb garden that my mother in law purchased at the farmer's market had approximately 15 different types of herbs making for a lot of new recipes. In particular I had 4 large sage plants which I searched for new recipes to try. My two boys love berries in baked goods, so I searched for recipes that combined berries and fresh herbs. I decided on a new recipe for Strawberry-Sage Muffins.

This recipe has 9 ingredients. It takes 40 minutes of total time, 10 minutes of which is active and makes 18 servings. I did make a number of changes to the original recipe. First since I eat gluten free I used a combination of brown rice flour and gluten free all purpose flour as a substitute for the all purpose flour. I love sage, so I used 8 large sage leaves in total. One thing that I did slightly differently than the original recipe is that I tossed my strawberries with the sugar and let it sit for 5 minutes before adding it to the batter. This helped to sweeten the berries and made for a nice flavor in the finished muffins. Gluten free baked goods tend to take a little more batter so I ended up with a total of 14 muffins. I always fill my gluten free muffins to the top of the muffin liners since they don't rise as much as regular muffins.

The strawberries in these muffins had a nice sweet taste which worked perfectly with the mild taste of the sage. The sage works as a nice compliment to the berries without being overpowering. My boys actually thought that these were strawberry muffins and had no idea that they contained herbs from my garden. These muffins were a great way to use fresh sage.

For the recipe go to Strawberry Sage Muffins. 

47 comments:

  1. Oh, this is a great recipe! I have some strawberries in my garden and I was thinking to transform them into a beautiful desert for my bf. I haven't used sage in desserts before but the way you described it sounds amazing so I really appreciate the tip.

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    1. The taste of the sage isn't overpowering. The taste of the strawberries is the main taste, with just a hint of the herb. I am still waiting for my strawberries to ripe :)

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  2. What a great way to use sage:) I love sage but have never tried it with fruits before! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. I love sage too, it's great with chicken!

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  3. I would never have thought to combine these tastes! It's amazing what you can create with a little imagination - we don't have sage in our herb collection, it is one we must add soon as I do really like it. :)

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    1. I normally don't grow sage either, but my mother in law bought it for me :)

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  4. Ann, I think you might get me into baking, I rememeber these because somebody spoilt me with gf rasberry muffins when i was pregnant or it might have been rhubab? I have to get a muffin tray!....:)

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    1. I love raspberry muffins, they are one of my favorite!

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  5. What a great idea..
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    1. Thanks :) They turned out really well!

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  6. My boys are like that. It almost always amazes me at how much food they can consume....and then be hungry again like an hour later.

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    1. With mine it seems like two seconds later they are hungry again :) It drives me nuts!

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  7. What a great idea! Muffins seem to be a great way to get anything.

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  8. Straberries and sage, huh? That's a combination I never thought of before. I'll have to try these! :)

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    1. I had never tried it before either, but it works!

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  9. I want your garden, girl! Or at least to be your neighbor so you can bring over some muffins. :)

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    1. My boys normally eat everything before I am able to share :)

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  10. Strawberry and sage, interesting combination. My kids can eat muffins all day long. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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    1. Mine too :) Thanks for hosting!

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    2. Just a quick note to let you know I featured this on Foodie Fruday this week:)

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  11. I may have to find your home. Your food always look so good. I really need to get my cooking up because you put me to shame. :)

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    1. You're so sweet, thanks for the nice comments!

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  12. That looks delicious! I seriously thought I could smell it when I saw the picture :)

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    1. Thanks :) They were eaten pretty quickly!

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  13. I would not have thought to pair sage with strawberries. I just use them in my protein smoothies right now. Sounds tasty.

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    1. They actually go together really well. Sage has great flavor!

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  14. I like the savory goodness sage adds to the fruity flavor. And I have boys too...I can so relate. :)

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    1. It does add a really nice savory taste to fruit, I agree!

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  15. This looks excellent. I have a lot of Sage in my herb garden, and with Strawberries being in season, and a strawberry farm just down the road, I think these will be on our list of baking this week. I have never tried sage and strawberries together so I am looking forward to seeing how they taste.

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    1. My sage is starting to take over, so I have been using it a lot lately :) If you try try the recipe tell me how it turns out!

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  16. I've never combined strawberries and sage - I have to stop over to check out the recipe!

    Natashalh

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    1. They really balance each other out nicely!

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  17. Oh, I love the combination of strawberries and sage. These sound great!

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  18. Strawberries and sage - what an interesting combo! These sound delish!

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    1. They work great together, even though it sounds strange :)

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  19. These look delish! Do you have a rule of thumb for substituting flours? I try to use almond and/or coconut flour when I bake, because I try to cook gluten and grain free. But I'm never sure how to convert recipes...

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    1. It depends on the amount of fat and liquid. If I am using a higher fat flour such as almond or coconut I reduce the butter or oil. If I am using brown rice flour I increase the liquid. In most cases you can do a straight conversion and then add more liquid or flour in order that the batter isn't too thin or thick.

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  20. Strawberry and sage....not a combination I would have thought of, but sure sounds good! Have you tried the cup4cup flour? I have heard it is an excellent substitute and you use it just like all purpose wheat flour, but it is expensive to buy, so I am looking for some honest reviews first!
    Maureen, from redcottagechronicles!

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    1. I haven't tried it :) I have tried just about every other GF flour though!

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  21. YUM! These look great! Can't wait to try!

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    1. Thanks :) They really were great!

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