Monday, March 16, 2009

Burst of Lemon Muffins

Okay, Lemon Lovers...Step Right Up!

If you loved the Luscious Lemon Dream Puff from the February 21st post and now you’re itching for the taste of lemons in the morning, we’ve got you covered! Not to say the Puff couldn’t be eaten at breakfast because we don’t make those kind of rules around here, but on your typical morning, a muffin may be a better idea….maybe.

Not only does the lemon juice go straight into the batter with these muffins, once it’s baked we punch little holes on top of it’s head and pour even more lemon juice inside. Why? Because we’re lemon lovers, that's why!

Burst of Lemon Muffins

1-3/4 Cup Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
One Teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
One Cup Vanilla or Lemon Yogurt
1/3 Cup Melted Butter
One Egg
One to Two Tablespoons Lemon Zest
2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Cherries (optional)

Mix together yogurt, egg, butter, and lemon juice. Slowly add dry ingredients just to incorporate.

Because we love surprises, sometimes we fill the muffin tins halfway, drop one cherry in the center, then pour in the remaining batter to 3/4 full. While the muffins are doing time in the hot box, mix the 1/4 cup lemon juice and two tablespoons of sugar into a pan over medium heat. When the muffins have baked in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, remove them from the oven to cool slightly.

Once the muffins are cooled, use a toothpick and poke 5-6 holes right in their tops. Take a spoon loaded with the lemon juice and sugar and slowly pour the lemon lava into the holes and watch the muffin Soak. It. Up!

The flavor of these muffins are best when completely cooled because that's when the lemon delivers it's mightiest punch, which means, you’ll have to wait a little while to actually taste them. It’s called willpower, people!

Whadda ya know? Blueberry works too!

Consider using one cup oat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, and 1/4 brown rice flour instead of all white flour. Also, consider using plain yogurt - it will cut down on the sugar considerably and it will still taste wonderful!

Coming Soon... Stuffed Portabellas - Italian Style!


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