Yes, it is another Meyer Lemon recipe. I can’t help myself, these lemons were just too good not to bake with just one more time. The beauty of this recipe is that it combined them with my favorite fruit…raspberries. As I am not the only one that loves raspberries (ahem… Ben, Samuel and Henry) I had to buy an extra pint just to make up for all the berry snacking that went on as these muffins were made.
I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen. If you have never visited Smitten Kitchen I highly suggest you do. The recipes are lovely, as are the pictures and writing. A perfect food blog combination.
Aren’t those raspberries pretty?
So here we go…
Raspberry-Topped Lemon Muffins
from Smitten Kitchen
Yield 14 large or 48 small muffins
1 1/8 cup sugar
4 tsp lemon zest (from 2 large lemons)
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg (again I used Ener-G egg substitute for this, it worked perfectly)
1 cup butter milk (I did not have this on hand so used just shy of 1 cup milk and added lemon juice to curdle it to equal 1 cup)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 half pints of fresh raspberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 14 standard muffin cups (or 48 mini) with paper liners. Mash 1/8 cup of sugar and lemon peel in small bowl until sugar is slightly moist. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat remaining 1 cup sugar and butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in egg (or egg sub). Beat in buttermilk, then vanilla and lemon sugar. Beat in flour mixture.
Divide batter among muffin cups. Top each with 4 raspberries (or mini muffins with 1 each). Bake muffins til lightly browned on top and tester inserted to center comes out clean. Approximately 35 min for standard size muffins and 20 for minis.
These are light and lemony with just the right amount of tart sweetness from the raspberry.
So today we are enjoying yet another beautiful spring-like day. It was very sad to see that there is snow in the forecast for Monday, but just knowing that it probably won’t stick around makes it seem not quite so bad. A walk around the neighborhood is on tap for our afternoon to soak in the sunshine and visit with neighbors that have briefly come out of hibernation.
Have a great weekend!