Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Berry GOOD!

I didn't go out to the store and get Mom a sweater for Mother's Day....I cooked for her. Check out what I made for her to take home and enjoy!

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

adapted from

1 dozen muffins

The secret to the sparkling flavor of these delicately crumbed muffins is the strips of lemon zest finely ground into the sugar. Enjoy the muffins warm right from the oven.

1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup nonfat buttermilk*
1/3 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fresh AND frozen (not thawed) raspberries**

*Don't forget...If you don't have buttermilk.... Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice into 1 cup milk.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Coat 12 large (1/2-cup) muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners.

Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the lemon in long strips. Combine the zest and sugar in a food processor; pulse until the zest is very finely chopped into the sugar. Add buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla and pulse until blended.

Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk mixture and fold until almost blended. **(the day before I took the PERFECT whole raspberries and spread them on a cookie sheet and slipped them into the freezer. At the time I was ready to mix them in the batter I measure them out frozen...I didn't want the raspberries to break up in the batter for they are so fragile!) Fold in raspberries. Divide the batter among the muffin cups.

Bake the muffins until the edges and tops are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm.

Tune in tomorrow to see what I made for our Mother's Day Dessert after dinner!

K-man was very sad he didn't get to eat any of these...I guess I going to have to make them again just for him....when he floated in on the 'lemony fumes' and went MMMmmmm.... I think I saw a tear when I informed him they were going home with MOM.


Donna-FFW said...

I bet she loved them, they look so moist and so delicious! Love lemons with blueberry.

Ginger said...

I am not feeling sorry for K-man. One, because I know that you will whip up a batch of these for him and two he got the french toast! Great picture!