Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sweet 'n Tangy Lemon Muffins

Here is a great recipe for perfect spring muffins. The original recipe, from a cookbook I've owned for 15+years, called for using a loaf pan, but my daughter and I altered the baking time and made muffins instead. She won 1st place at the 4-H Favorite Foods contest last night in the bread category!

The muffins themselves are sweet with a hint of lemon flavor. The tangy comes from a glaze added to the muffins as they come from the oven. These are great with breakfast, for a snack, or, made in a mini-muffin tin, wonderful for a Mother's Day brunch or bridal shower. If you make them, let me know how they turn out for you.

Sweet 'n Tangy Lemon Muffins

1/3 cup melted butter
3 Tbsp. lemon extract
1 1/2 cup sifted flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. grated lemon rind
1 cup granulated sugar (We used turbinado sugar instead of white)
2 eggs (Fresh from the hens!)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Substitutions: use Orange Extract in place of the lemon

Lemon pour - Mix the following ingredients in a small bowl and set aside:
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 c. granulated sugar

Mix the melted butter, sugar, and lemon extract in a large bowl. Beat in eggs to this mixture. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add sifted ingredients alternately with milk to butter mixture. Stir just until blended. Fold in grated rind.

Grease and flour muffin tin. Fill each cup about 2/3 full with batter. If you use large muffin tin, you should be able to make six; regular size muffin tins with yield about 12; and small tins will give you about 24 muffins. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-35 minutes, depending on the size of your tin. The large ones take about 35 minutes, so please set your timer for less time if using a smaller tin.

Remove muffins from tin and place on platter. Carefully drizzle the lemon pour over the muffins before they cool. These can be eaten shortly after they are baked but taste taste better if allowed to sit cover in foil for about a day.

These'll make you wanna pucker up and kiss your man! You'll love them!

Look for a new post soon. I am working on a post about communicating with your spouse. It looks like I might be a hopeless cause in that department.

Your friend and sister,


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