Old-fashioned Strawberry Muffins (Strawberry Cups) Recipe

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, June 20, 1914: Am having quite a time working these days. Hardly take time to eat my dinner.

strawberry muffins

strawberry muffinHer middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma sure has been keeping busy picking strawberries. I hope that she was well paid for her hard work.

What did she have for her rushed dinner? . . . well, she probably was eating seasonal foods, so maybe one food was Strawberry Muffins.

The June, 1914 issue of Good Housekeeping had a recipe for Strawberry Muffins–though back then they were called “Strawberry Cups”.  Here it is—slightly adapted for modern cooking methods and ovens.

Strawberry Muffins (Strawberry Cups)

Preheat oven to 400° F. Separate two eggs; beat the yolks and add one cup of milk, one-half teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of melted butter. Add two teaspoons of baking powder and one and a half cups of flour, and beat well. In a separate bowl whip the egg whites until stiff, then fold the whites into the batter. Put a tablespoon of the batter in each of 12 muffin pan cups. Add a layer of thinly sliced strawberries; then fill the cups two-thirds full of batter, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Best when served warm.

25 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Strawberry Muffins (Strawberry Cups) Recipe

    1. No sugar. . . I just now double checked the recipe in the old Good Housekeeping magazine and it doesn’t contain any sugar. This is not a sweet muffin. I think that’s why these muffins taste better when they are warm than when they are cold.

  1. May I have two, please?

    We got our weekly CSA delivery yesterday. Lots of greens, rhubarb, new onions, kohlrabi, … We have been eating more like rabbits the past 3 weeks trying to keep up with it. Probably healthy.

  2. It’s interesting how working energizes the diary writing. I think that’s true for life in general. Working at something you enjoy, or maybe are just happy to do because of the wages, seems to energize the rest of life as well.

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