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Strawberry Muffins & Strawberry Cream Cheese Sprd

From LAS BRISAS FARM
1 cup Strawberries, chopped
3/4 cup + 1 T sugar
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1 teaspoon Salt
3 Eggs
1/4 cup Oil
1/2 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Grated orange peel
12 Strawberries, cut fan-shape

Spread:
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/4 cup crushed strawberries (or chopped)

Sprinkle the chopped strawberries with 1 T. sugar and set aside.
Sift together flour, remaining 3/4 C. sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl.
Beat eggs until light in a small bowl. Add oil, milk, and orange peel, and blend well.
Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir until mixed, 10-15 strokes.
Drain chopped berries and fold into batter.
Fill paper lined cups 2/3 full. Bake 400° F., 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Serve warm or cooled with Strawberry-Cream Cheese Spread. Garnish each muffin with a fan-shaped berry.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread:
Mix until well blended.