Is it Spring Yet?
My hands say no as they're still shaking from another white knuckled drive on the icy roads. My toes say no as they shiver, un-pedicured in my fuzzy socks. My brain says no as it is foggy from being cooped up inside so much. But, when I sank my teeth into these light, fluffy muffins; warm and bursting with fresh blueberries, drizzled with a lemony glaze, my mouth said yes these taste just like spring! Could you use a little spring in your day? Whip up some of these muffins...Your hands, your toes and your brain will all thank you!
Lemon Kissed Blueberry Muffins Step-by-Step:
Lemon Kissed Blueberry Muffins Recipe:
Christina Verrelli - epicuricloud.com
Makes 12 Muffins
Prep. time 15 minutes / Bake time 30 minutes
2 cups flour, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar, plus more for sprinkling*
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups blueberries
3/4 cup confectioner's/powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange rack to center position. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray or use paper liners and just spray the top of the pan.
In small bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. In large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix in about 1/2 the flour mixture. Beat in the buttermilk, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix in all but about 2-3 tablespoons of the remaining flour. Toss the blueberries in the flour. Add them to the mixture and beat gently for a few seconds to break up* some of the blueberries. Mix the rest gently by hand. Scoop evenly into the prepared muffin pan. Sprinkle the tops with about 1 tablespoon additional sugar* and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes.
Make glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and water. Drizzle on warm muffins.
If you have turbinado sugar handy, you can use to sprinkle on the muffins before baking. Adds a little more flavor and crunch than granulated sugar.
The combination of whole and some crushed blueberries makes them taste full of blueberry flavor.
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