Tuesday, July 22

Hide-and--Seek Muffins!

My daughter's preschool teacher told me about this activity. Couldn't wait to try it out for myself and tell you all about it. So fun, so clever and so seasonal! This is possibly my last strawberry post. Ha!

First read this story with your child. It is about a little mouse who finds a red ripe strawberry. Warned about a hungry bear headed his way, the mouse tries everything to hide the strawberry. In the end, he finds the perfect way to hide the strawberry - to eat it!

As an extension of the book, make Hide-and-Seek Muffins. Bet you can figure out what's going to be hidden in each one!

From the Kitchen:
Muffin Tin
12 Muffin Wrappers (or as many as your recipe calls for)
Basic Muffin Recipe and all ingredients
12 *smallish* strawberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Step 1: Make your muffin batter. Use any standard muffin recipe. I found one in this cookbook. However, the oatmeal muffins caught my eye and I made those instead. If you'd like the recipe, just let me know.

Step 2: Place muffin wrappers in your muffin tin. Wish I had these to use. Had to settle with plain old foil ones.

Step 3: Find 12 small strawberries. My mom had just given me a huge basket full from her garden. So I had plenty of littler ones to use. I've found that local and homegrown strawberries tend to be smaller. Hopefully you have access to some. Roll your strawberries in granulated sugar. My 23 month old LOVED this part!

Step 4: Fill the muffin cups about 1/3 way full. I found this was about 1 generous scoop with a spoon.

Step 5: Place a sugared strawberry in the middle of each 1/3 full muffin cup.

Step 6: Add more muffin batter to each cup until they are about 2/3 - 3/4th full.

Step 7: Bake according to your muffin recipe. Some of the strawberries may leak out a bit, but don't worry. It's still a surprise!


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* elizabeth * said...

those are wonderful! I love your blog. Thank you for being so awesome!

Anonymous said...

These look sooooo yummy.

Anonymous said...

That's so fun! I love how it ties in with a book too.

Lisa said...

We love that book and the girls would love this activity. It is definitely going on my "to-do list!"

Carrie said...

ahhh... strawberries! Found out today that they are one of our hens favorite new foods, although I hesitate as much as possible to pass them on to the chickens.

Amanda @ www.kiddio.org said...

Hi Katy! My mom used to make something like these, but with a dollop of jam in the center. These look far, far yummier! I love activities that go along with a book--such a great way to enhance comprehension. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

After searching through our basket of strawberries we bought at the store today, it seems tough to find ones small enough. So I think we will go with raspberries instead, though it won't link with the book.

Monkey's Mama said...

How on earth do you get the girls not to eat the strawberries right away? I can only imagine Monkey dipping them in the sugar and popping them directly into his mouth. Love this idea! I wouldn't mind the muffin recipe either when you have the time.

The McAuleys said...

We tried these out of the Katzen cookbook awhile back and yours look like they turned out a lot better than ours!

Christie said...

These look delish!! Lovin your blog!

Kristina--Picky Tots said...

Adorable Blog! I just linked to your site on my latest post--thanks!


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Unknown said...

Did you sprinkle anythng on top? The Katzen recipe doesn't call for it, but yours looks so yummy!

katy said...

KJKK - I sprinkled them with brown sugar. yum.

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