Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins 

It's that time again! This month's Crazy Cooking Challenge is Blueberry Muffins.


I was excited for this challenge because I love baking muffins. The minute I knew what our challenge was I scouring the internet looking for a blog with a delicious recipe.

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

I found this recipe Alexandra's Kitchen. Let me tell you....these muffins were bursting with blueberry goodness!

I have to confess when I read through the recipe on her site, I didn't know what a meyer lemon was. I just figured I'd use a regular lemon. When I went to the store, lo and behold.....there they were! I've never made muffins with lemon before and now I'm hooked. Each bite had a wonderful lemony taste. The recipe also calls for cake flour. I just used all-purpose.

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

I noticed that her muffins turned out with a beautiful brown. I baked mine exactly like she stated in her recipe, but mine don't look anything like hers. They were still amazingly delicious! I don't know if it's just my oven or what the problem is. I do know that next time I make these I will bake them longer to get that gorgeous crusty look. I used my handy cake tester and the centers came out perfectly clean. I was afraid if I left them in much longer that they'd burn. I had a slight problem with the muffins sticking to my pan too. I generously sprayed the pan with non-stick cooking spray. I just had to work a little harder to get them out of the pan. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat because they were so good. 

If you like blueberry muffins, definitely give this recipe a try! You won't be disappointed. 

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest (I used 2 Meyer lemons)
1 cup + 1 T. sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups cake flour (Note: I used all-purpose flour)
2 tsp. baking powder
1½ tsp. kosher salt (I used salt that is 50% less sodium)
2 cups fresh blueberries (frozen probably work just as well)
½ cup milk 
1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 1 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour and sift the remaining flour, baking powder and salt. 
3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the milk. Fold in the blueberries.
4. Grease a jumbo muffin tin with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Distribute batter evenly among muffin holes. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 30 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. Let muffins cool in pan for 7 exactly ) minutes before serving. Yield: 6 jumbo muffins.
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Now, what are you waiting for? Go make these muffins!!


Jen @ Juanita's Cocina said...

I adore lemon. And these have SO many blueberries!!! YUM!!


Teri@thefreshmancook said...

These turned out great! I love the use of lemon in the blueberry muffins also. It's something that never occurred to me to add~now I can't imagine not using it!

Jennifer said...

Mmm yum yum!

Jen #35

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

I love using lemon or another citrus fruit in my blueberry muffins. These sounds great!

Kristin said...

I've never used Meyer lemons...I think I need to get on that!!

Anonymous said...

We had the same great idea haha. q

The Crunchy Mamacita said...

I’m # 6 with the Blueberry Apple Crisp Muffins {with cream cheese filling!}

The UDG said...

I totally have a craving for lemone-blueberry muffins.

Zoe said...

There is so many blueberries in each of your muffins! Yum! Like you at Facebook :D

Adrianne said...

I did a lemon-blueberry combo too - I had no idea it would be so delicious!! :) This is the first month I've joined the challenge, its was so fun! Hope you have a moment to visit me at #39. :)

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A Scientist in the Kitchen said...

I haven't tried lemons in muffins before. It's quite a popular recipe for blueberry muffins.

Gay, CCC#24

The Daily Smash said...

Yummy these look great. What a good choice.

#38 CCC

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