About this recipe:Fruity and lemony muffins are topped with slices of strawberries that resemble hearts. A perfect treat for those you love - make these on Valentine's Day or Mother's Day!
1 tablespoon lemon juice
110g butter, at room temperature
300g caster sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
150g chopped fresh strawberries
375g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
85g minature chocolate chips (optional)
24 slices fresh strawberry
1 tablespoon caster sugar
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:25min › Ready in:45min
Mix lemon juice with as much milk needed to measure 225ml; let the soured milk stand for 5 minutes before using.
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line 24 muffin moulds with paper cases.
Cream butter and 300g caster sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time; add lemon extract. Gradually stir in lemon zest and soured milk. Fold in chopped strawberries. Mix flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt together in a bowl. Stir butter mixture into flour mixture until dry ingredients are just moistened. Fold in chocolate chips, if using.
Spoon muffin mixture into prepared cases to about 2/3 full. Place a strawberry slice atop each muffin and sprinkle with some of the 1 tablespoon sugar.
Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes before serving warm.