No Dairy Strawberry Cupcakes And Strawberry Love

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Freshly baked strawberry cupcakes

Freshly baked strawberry cupcakes

I have never seen strawberry plants before I came to Scotland. And I hardly buy strawberries when I was back home because they were so expensive. When I came to Scotland, I was thrilled to see all sorts of brightly coloured fruits. It took me a while to learn all the various types of berries…..blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries. They actually sounded alien and confusing to me at that time…haha

One fine day, a friend invited us to go strawberry picking….yay! Imagine my shock when I found that they grow on the ground. I thought they grow on vines like grapes…..haha. Well, can’t blame me. We only learned about grapes and grape vines and apples and apple trees. Likewise, if you are in the Western world, you’ll probably have no clue what langsat, star fruits, mangosteens and chiku trees, to name a few, look like.

Delicious red, sexy strawberries

Delicious red, sexy strawberries

Hearts of love strawberries

Hearts of love strawberries

I love strawberries firstly for it’s beautiful bright red, sexy colour and next for its fabulous smell and taste. And when you cut it into half, it looks like ‘hearts’……beautiful! Strawberries truly represent love. Summer is here. If you need to show love to someone, why not buy some strawberries to bring along. Or best, a strawberry dessert. That’s what I want to show you here.

Fresh Scotty Brand strawberries

Fresh Scotty Brand strawberries

I mentioned in my previous post that I received some Scotty Brand strawberries when I came back from the hospital. I was so overjoyed. While I was still in much pain and discomfort and couldn’t move around much, I was able to play around with the beautiful fresh strawberries and fix some quick, nice strawberry desserts for my family. Making all these strawberry desserts make me feel loved and also a way to love my family. Here they are:

Strawberries with white chocolate cream

Strawberries with white chocolate cream

I love this strawberries with white chocolate cream. The cream was made before my leg injury. It was so timely to go with the strawberries…..mmmm….so refreshing and delicious. It’s very easy to make the white chocolate cream. Just melt equal amount of white chocolate and double cream in a pot under low fire. Just keep stirring until the chocolate is all melted. You can use it immediately which would be runny or you can keep it in the fridge when cool. It will harden like in the picture here but still delicious to go with the strawberries. You can even eat it as it is, like ice cream……*wink*.

Strawberries with lemon curd and yoghurt

Strawberries with lemon curd and yoghurt

I love lemon too. The smell is so refreshing. A friend had been telling me how lovely lemon curd is. I haven’t had time to try making it myself so I bought a bottle. I swirled some through 0% Total Greek yoghurt and then top it with strawberries. Mmmm…that was SO good.

Strawberries with custard and cheese

Strawberries with custard and cheese

This is another nice dessert. It’s really easy to make and look very impressive. First of all, make the custard. For the recipe, check it out at my Apple Crumble With Custard. Cool the custard. Scoop into a transparent dessert glass. Mix some low fat cheese with some icing sugar (according to your taste) and scoop it on top of the custard. If you like it softer, add some milk to it. Then arrange some chopped strawberries and blueberries on top with a sprig of mint leaves to decorate.

Spelt flour pancakes with Nutella and strawberries

Spelt flour pancakes with Nutella and strawberries

Pancakes with Nutella and strawberries for breakfast is also my latest favourite. It’s really delicious….every bite of it. I also liked it with bananas as mentioned in My Favourite Healthy Food. It’s healthy and filling.

Spelt flour pancakes

Spelt flour pancakes

Making spelt flour pancakes is very easy. I love my version which is a healthy version. Here’s my simple recipe.

Ingredients for spelt flour pancakes
2 eggs
2 cups goat milk
1C white spelt flour
1C wholegrain spelt flour
2T olive oil

Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well with a whisk. Scoop into a frying pan and cook under medium fire. When lightly browned beneath, flip over and fry a little while. When cool, spread with nutella and arrange the sliced strawberries on top. Enjoy.

Note: You will notice that there is no sugar in the pancake batter. This is because the Nutella is sweet so I always omit the sugar when I made these pancakes. You can make a savoury filling too with these pancakes. I used a mix of white and wholegrain spelt flour. You can use all white or all wholegrain.

Even while hoping around on crutches, I managed to make strawberry cupcakes for my family. Of course with some help from my daughter. My daughter helped me to put all the ingredients that I need on the kitchen top. Then with my injured leg resting on a chair on my knee while standing with my other leg, I was able to stand for quite a while to make these cupcakes. So, you know that this recipe has to be quick and easy to make. The cupcakes came out very delicious though I was quite disappointed that the beautiful red colour of the strawberries disappeared after cooking….sigh. This reminds me of the beetroot cake that I made a while ago where the bright red colour also disappeared after baking. If you are interested to make the beetroot cake, you can click on:
White Chocolate Beetroot Cake
Healthy Chocolate Beetroot Cake (dairy free)

This is the first time I bake with strawberries. I hardly make cupcakes but I thought it’s good as I don’t need to cut the cake. Everyone can just grab 1 or 2 to enjoy. You can make it whole as a cake if you like. Here’s my recipe. I made 24 cupcakes.

Ingredients A
4 eggs
1C light muscovado sugar
1C olive oil
1t vanilla essence

Put all Ingredients A in a mixing bowl. Mix with a whisk until combined.

Ingredients B
2C white spelt flour
1t baking powder
1/2t baking soda

Strawberry cupcake batter

Strawberry cupcake batter

Add Ingredients B to the egg mixture above. Mix well.

Ingredients C
600g strawberries

Chopped strawberries

Chopped strawberries

Wash the strawberries and remove the green stalk and leaves. Chop them up into big chunks.

Strawberries and cake batter

Strawberries and cake batter

Add the chopped strawberries to the batter. Mix well.

Line cupcake tins with cupcake cases and scoop the batter into the cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes or when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Moist and delicious strawberry cupcake

Moist and delicious strawberry cupcake

While the cupcakes were baking, the smell from the oven was just beautiful. I couldn’t help tucking into one while it was still hot. I was disappointed that the colour of the strawberries disappeared but I was really happy that it was very moist and delicious. You can of course eat it with custard or ice cream or even some strawberry coullis.

Note: You may wonder why my cake batter is brown in colour. That’s because I used the light muscovado sugar. I asked my daughter to buy unrefined sugar but she couldn’t find it. And so this sugar…..sigh. But well, at least she came back with sugar!…haha

Hope you have much fun with summer fruits. And if you are in Scotland, do give the Scotty Brand products a try. Not only are you supporting local farmers but you are guaranteed of freshness of the produce. So far, I am very pleased with the potatoes, carrots and now the strawberries.

Have fun cooking and baking. Till then see you in my next post.

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Other No Dairy cakes that you may be interested in:
Super Easy No Dairy Chocolate banana Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Nectarine Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Blueberry Cake

Healthy, Moist, Simple and East carrot Cake

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- Zig Ziglar

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food-4tots  on June 13th, 2012

Sorry to hear about your injury. Hope you have a speedy recovery and can play your badminton soon. Your strawberry cupcakes look very delicious!!

Swathi  on June 13th, 2012

Sorry to hear about your injuries, hope you feel better now. These are delicious strawberry dishes.

Priya  on June 13th, 2012

Sorry to hear about your injuries Mary, wishing you a speedy recovery..Super tempting strawberry dishes.

somewhere in singapore  on June 13th, 2012

How nice if i can have a bite of it right now, hehe…

noobcook  on June 13th, 2012

love all the dishes you make with the fresh strawberries! have a speedy recovery.

Blackswan  on June 13th, 2012

No joke! U’re still baking despite on clutches?? Hats off to u, dear! I’ll probably make full use of the excuse to pamper myself, like putting on face masks. Hahaha! U may wanna chk this out: Sexy Look & Love More, Taiwan No. 1 Selling 3D Masks!

I love strawberries too! Throw me some of these delicious cupcakes, won’t u??

Yummy bakes  on June 14th, 2012

I love all those desserts you made with strawberries. Mary, how’s your leg? I heard about it through Anncoo and Cheah - this shows I have been visiting your blog for a while. Have a speedy recovery.

TasteHongKong  on June 14th, 2012

Mary, probably making these lovely desserts are easy tasks to you; still, do take care, and recover soon. Without any dairy, your cupcakes look inviting too.

kristy  on June 14th, 2012

Mary, I am drooling over the strawberries and all the variety of servings! Haven’t had them for ages cause seldom travel to the city lately. Hmmm…mmm…. lucky you!
Hope you’re all well too. Enjoy your day, dear.

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on June 14th, 2012

Love these fresh strawberry muffins…really moist and delicious.
I wish you a speedy recovery!

Jeannie  on June 14th, 2012

Hi Mary, I really love the creative ways of serving strawberries, especially those pancakes! Would make a great healthy breakfast! I have baked with strawberries before so I know how moist and delicious they are:) Hope you have a great weekend!

redkathy  on June 15th, 2012

Beautiful use of strawberries Mary! I can’t imagine summer without them. So sorry to hear you have been injured.

Wishing you Blessings and a speedy recovery!

clauda @Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine  on June 15th, 2012

I love strawberry, these are all gorgeous! hope you get better soon! Sorry to here….

Drick  on June 15th, 2012

now Mary, that’s some strawberry loving, I really know that you were holding back that measuring cup just for you, ya can’t fool me… I have made muffing before and they are so good, and like to use them in a cobbler too as well as my favorite - an icebox pie with whipped topping - hope your ankle is doing okay and pray for a quick recovery - best wishes for a wonderful weekend

Mistletoe  on June 16th, 2012

Mmmm…it’s bedtime here, but those strawberry cupcakes/muffins look so yummy. I’d love to give this recipe a try some time. We buy strawberries a lot but you know how everything comes in huge sizes at Costco. So now I know what to do with the strawberries that we can’t finish in time. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Mary. Btw, have you ever substituted sugar with condensed milk in your baking? I’d imagine condensed milk would go wonderfully with cakes and muffins as well. Not that I’m trying to change your recipe, but I remember you usually have condensed milk in your home. Teehee. Anyways, hope you’re recovering well and taking it easy. Take good care!

Mary  on June 16th, 2012

@food-4tots - Yes, I sure hope that I have a speedy recovery. can’t wait to get back to badminton. I will smile non stop when the day comes :D

@Swathi - Thanks very much, Swathi! :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@somewhere in singapore - You need to come to have a bite….many bites :D

@noobcook - Thanks very much! :D

!Blackswan - Haha…yes! I had to bribe my way into the kitchen :D Now you give me the idea…..face mask etc etc. I’m sure going to look younger by the time my leg fully recovers…haha Now, if you are here, I think I’ll have wonderful facial session with you and you will have wonderful food:D

@Yummy bakes - Thanks very much for visiting! I’m still in recovery stage. Heard you all had a lovely meet up. Hope to meet up with you one day :D

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much, Maureen! Haha, I need lots of extra time to make them. But happy that at least I can bake something :D

@kristy - Thanks very much, Kristy! Hope you are not too busy. Maybe you need to take a break and come here for a holiday :D It’s strawberry time, and all other summer fruits.

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! :D Wonder what other ways do you use up strawberries.

@redkathy - Thanks very much, Kathy! Looks like I am spending a lot of time enjoying all the summer fruits indoor :D

@clauda @Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine - Thanks very much, Claudia! :D

@Drick - Haha….yes, into my tummy before it ends up in the cake! Very strong temptation huh :D Thanks very much for more ideas. I need to try making muffins and cobbler with strawberries too. Now I have no clue what is icebox pie. Sounds very interesting. Need to check that out…drooling.

@Mistletoe - You are checking out my blog at the wrong time…haha. Sounds like you are going to have a strawberry adventure soon. I think your kids are going to be very thrilled :D Condensed milk? You are sure reminding me at the wrong time. Now I feel like running to grab a tin and licking it….haha. Yes, I will drizzle heavily over my cupcakes next time. Would be SO delicious…mmm.

Cheah  on June 17th, 2012

I admire your guts, Mary. You can still think of such lovely creations in your condition. Hats off to you!

Katerina  on June 19th, 2012

One good thing about blogging is the fact that we all learn produce and food from the different parts of the world! The cupcakes look very inviting Mary!

lena  on June 20th, 2012

oh mary, sorry to learn abt your injury but was chuckling reading when you said that you were still baking and doing it on one leg! hope you are getting better now and on fast recovery!

Mary  on June 21st, 2012

@Cheah - Haha….just can’t keep still! :D

@Katerina - Totally agree with you on that! That’s why I love blogging, even more now that I can be out and about :D

@lena - Haha…you are laughing but my girls are often scolding me :P Just can’t wait to be off my crutches. Counting the days!

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