My family had house guests this weekend who graciously left a variety of fruit and a truly beautiful amount of walnuts. A box of walnuts to be exact. That’s beauty. One of the many reasons I love fresh produce is I can make late-night treats using fruit as a partial substitute for some of the sweet. While muffins are not considered a dessert to most, I tend to peg anything with sweetener in it a treat. So this was the last “dessert” I baked before my 46-day dessert hiatus.
I made this recipe using spelt flour, which works similarly to oat flour in baking. In case you are unfamiliar, spelt is related to wheat but has a broader spectrum of nutrients than wheat. It is a very old grain, even used earlier than wheat, and is a good source of protein, zinc and copper.
The strawberry and walnuts in this recipe give it a great texture and the orange and brandy added to the flavor. The sweetness in the recipe is not overpowering, which allows the flavors to speak for themselves. I suggest enjoying the muffins with a little butter and honey drizzled on top with a hot cup of tea.
Note: this recipe was revised 6/9/2013 See my Strawberry Orange Muffin Recipe in order to view the new post!