3 cups frozen strawberries or 1 (10 oz) bag frozen strawberries
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup chopped pecans, optional
Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, do not overbeat; set aside. Cream butter, sugar, and almond extract until fluffy. Add egg yolks and strawberries with juice and mix; set aside. Sift together dry ingredients and add to strawberry mixture. Fold in egg whites. Pour mixture into muffin cups. May add pecans to the top afterwards, if desired. Bake at 350°for 20 minutes for mini muffins and 30 minutes for regular size muffins, or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.
Serve warm with cream cheese spread on top.
I have also made this recipe into a loaf of bread. Adjust baking time to 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Makes approximately 60 mini muffins, 24 regular size muffins, or 1 loaf.
Our family has been celebrating Passover for 5 years now. As I have grown in my Christian walk I have had a strong desire to learn more about Judaism and the Jewish culture. I began my search of Judaism by studying the Jewish (Biblical) holidays. Each year I learn more about the meanings of Passover and stand in amazement at the symbolic clues Christ fulfills in the Passover. I am honored to get to celebrate the Feast of the Passover just as Christ did when He was on earth.
Michael led our evening with a traditional (with Christian meanings included) Seder ceremony. Our Seder plate included a lamb shank bone (symbolizing the lamb the Israelites ate before fleeing Egypt), bitter herbs (representing the bitterness of slavery), a roasted egg (symbolizing a new life), haroset mixture of apples, walnuts, cinnamon, honey, and grape juice (representative of the mortar the Israelites used to build Egyptian cities and the sweetness of a better life), fresh greens (symbolizing a new life and the hyssop used to place blood on the doorposts), and unleavened matzah (unleavened because the Israelites had to leave before their bread had time to rise). Olivia understood the symbolism more this year and I am thrilled that she was able to participate in all aspects of the ceremony this year. Isaac did exceptionally well, too. He remained in his chair the duration of the reading and dinner by entertaining himself with our Passover puzzle, books, and matzah (which he crumbled and ate). :)
God instructed the day of Passover be observed as a memorial and be kept as a feast to the Lord throughout generations. (Exodus 12:14) With this in mind, we celebrated the Passover and then ate a feast. We feasted on matzo ball soup, lemon-pepper chicken, sweet potatoes, and green beans. For dessert we ate toffee matzo...yummy!
In the year 610 A.D. a monk was preparing bread for Lent and came up with the idea for pretzels. At this time in history, Christians prayed with their arms folded across their chests, each hand on the opposite shoulder. With leftover bread the monk twisted it into the shape of a someone praying and used it as a reward for children who learned and recited their prayers. He named the treats "pretiolas," which is Latin for "little reward."
For tea time this week we made our own pretzels. Olivia and Isaac were very excited to watch the process of making prezels from start to finish. They had a part in each process and savored the salty treat they had a hand in making.
Did you also know that the pretzel is symbolic of the Trinity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? We pray you are preparing your hearts for the most glorious day of the year - Resurrection Sunday.