Here is the recipe if you'd like to try these at home:
Makes 24 muffins
Nonstick cooking spray
2-1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of pastry flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
6 large eggs, at room temperature, yolks and whites separated in two bowls.
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3-1/3 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
Prepare the Muffins:
Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Generously spray two 12-cup muffin pans with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until firm, but not dry. About 2 - 3 minutes. Set aside.
In another large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the mixer on medium-high until thick, ribbony, and lemon-yellow. About 6 minutes. Add the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla; mix on medium-low until combined. Add one-third of the flour mixture and mix on low speed. Add one-third of the buttermilk and mix to combine. Alternate adding the remaining flour mixture and buttermilk, ending with the buttermilk and mixing until just combined.
With a large rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped egg whites into the batter, leaving some streaks.
Fill the muffin pans, about 1/2 cup of the batter into each muffin cup. Bake, rotating the pans after 10 minutes, until browned on top and puffed, and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out dry, about 20 to 25 minutes total.
Prepare the Strawberries in Syrup
1 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup quartered, hulled ripe strawberries
In a small saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a boil over medium-high heat. Put the strawberries in the syrup and turn off the heat. Set aside in a warm spot.
Pop the muffins out of the cups and arrange 2 to a plate, spoon syrup and strawberries of the muffins, and then sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
One of my favorite things about this recipe, is that while these are delicious freshly made right out of the oven, I think they are even better after they have been frozen, thawed, and reheated -- and our staff agrees! This is great for making in advance for a large group of people or having them on hand for an intimate party of 2!