Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lemon Blueberry Muffins




Sometimes cold and rainy days are great. You put on your comfies, a sit down to a nice movie or book and enjoy the warmth of your home. Buuuuut then you have days where the weather couldn't have picked a worse day to be cold and rainy. The kids are climbing the walls, trashing the house with every second and driving me absolutely insane. That's when recipes like this are huge life savers. I found this on Recipe Shoebox, a fabulous blog that you should go check out asap. As soon as I found it, I ordered the kids into the kitchen and got to baking. Muffins are so fun to make with kids, they're not complicated, but there are enough steps involved to keep them busy for a while.

The best part is not only are these a snap to make, they are INSANELY delicious. And this is coming from a person that doesn't usually go running to the muffin table. So soft and moist with the best flavor. Lemons and blueberries really were meant for each other. Two days and these bad boys were gone. I can't wait to make them again. Thanks Lara, you saved us on a rainy day!


Lemon-Blueberry Muffins
From the Recipe Shoebox.

Ingredients

2 cups flour (I used King Arthur's white whole wheat flour)
1 cup sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. cold butter, cut into 6-pieces
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)

TOPPING I never did the topping, just covered the top in raw sugar. I imagine the topping is wonderful though!

2 Tbs. flour
2 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. melted butter
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs (you want to be able to see small pea-sized clumps of butter still). In a separate smaller bowl, lightly beat together egg, milk, lemon juice, lemon rind and vanilla until blended. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until just blended (do NOT overmix). NOTE: Batter will be somewhat thick.

Fold blueberries into batter. Spoon batter evenly into well-greased muffin pan.

For topping, in a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon until well blended. Spread mixture evenly over tops of muffin batter.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400°. Muffins should be golden brown. Serve warm. Makes 12 standard size muffins. Enjoy!

18 comments:

Franky said...

that looks amazingly delicious!

Ingrid said...

:) You bake with all the children at the same time? You're a brave mama! Anytime I try to I pull my hair out. Only one sous chef at a time for me.

Your muffins sound good & I'm gonna check out that other blog.
~ingrid

Ann said...

I do step up to the muffin table. These sound so good.

The Blonde Duck said...

Drool...

Pam said...

I wish I had a couple of these for an afternoon snack. They look perfect.

MaryBeth said...

All I can say is YUMM-O....

Moogie said...

Yum... I'm your newest happy follower.

Lara said...

So glad you enjoyed them! I think I'll make them again tomorrow morning! :)

Thanks for the shout-out!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

Mmm...I could totally use some INSANELY delicious muffins right now! lol. And yay! I always get excited when I see lemony recipes because then I can pluck away at my lemon tree! :D

♥peachkins♥ said...

looks perfect for breakfast!

MaryMoh said...

Oooh...I love that. I love blueberries. I have made blueberry cakes but not the muffins. Would love to try. Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

Erica said...

Baking is the perfect rainy day activity. Lemon flavored baked goods are my favorite. They always taste so fresh! Beautiful work :)

Joanne said...

I still get really stir crazy on rainy days and these are the perfect solution! Plus then, when all is said and done, you have a plate full of blueberry muffins waiting for you. Is anything better?

Velva said...

I enjoy muffins. I love to snack on them. Blueberry and lemon is a great flavor combination.

It's great that you can capture the kids attention with baking-that's awesome.

btw, glad to see you bakc blogging. Yeah!

mybizzykitchen.com said...

First of all, I love the pictures! And second, I love, love, love the blueberry/lemon combo - the lemon just brightens up the whole muffin!

Putting on the list of things I can bake next week when I am done with Phase I of South Beach!

Reeni said...

I love the combo of lemon and blueberry! These look wonderful. I bet your kids love baking with you!

girlichef said...

Yum, these do sound tasty! I love the blueberry lemon combo :D

Kim said...

You don't usually find me running to the muffin table either - LOL! However, blueberry muffins are something that my Mom used to always make and I can never pass one up. These do look delicious and I'm so glad that they saved you from pulling your hair out!