Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lemon Sunshine Muffins

Ingredients for the Muffins:

2/3 cup sugar
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Ingredients for the Icing:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or line the molds with paper muffin cups.
2. In a large bowl whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream or Greek yogurt (I used Oikos greek yogurt), eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter together until well blended.
3. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently stir to blend. Don't overmix. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
4. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold. Cool the muffins completely on the rack before icing them.
5. For the Icing: Measure the confectioners’ sugar into 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 glaze over the muffins. 
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