April 25, 2009
Baked goods with citrus are my favourite, so I’m surprised it took me this long to make Dorie Greenspan’s lemon muffins. But I’ve finally done it, and I’m happy I did.
I’m not a fan of poppy seeds, so I omitted them. I took her suggestion and put dollops of raspberry jam in the middle…a lot of it leaked out (okay, I may have been a bit generous with my dollops), but it still added a nice additional flavour to a very lemony muffin.
The drizzle of icing became more of a complete covering, and that was a good thing. I wouldn’t omit this icing, it emphasizes all the lemony goodness that’s already in the muffin. These are moist and cake-like, not very sweet, and good for breakfast or dessert.
The batter is very thick. With muffins, I never use my mixer; it overmixes too quickly and easily, making the muffins chewy. Do it by hand, and use a light hand. Less is more, when it comes to muffins or cupcakes!
2/3 cup sugar
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (I used the zest of 2 lemons)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 cup jam (blueberry, raspberry, etc. or lemon curd)
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 400 F. Spray your muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or line the cups with paper liners. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.
2. In a large bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of lemon strong. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter together until well blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to combine. Do not overmix the batter – a few lumps are ok. Stir in the poppy seeds.
4. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. (I filled them halfway, then put a teaspoon of jam on top, the filled the cups with batter)
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold. Cool completely on the rack before icing.
1. Put the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and add about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Stir with a spoon to moisten the sugar, then add enough additional lemon juice, a dribble at a time, to get an icing that is thin enough to drizzle from the tip of the spoon. Drizzle lines of icing over the tops of the muffins.
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