Monday, 30 April 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Lemon Muffins


Time really does fly when you are having fun! I can't believe it's Secret Recipe Club reveal day again for Group D. If you don't already know, secret recipe club is a fun online challenge where you  are assigned a blog each month and you must choose something to make from that blog without their knowledge until reveal day hence the secret! It was started by Amanda from Amanda's Cookin' and has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception. 

This month I was assigned The Adventures of an Epic Baker. I'm always excited when my blog assignment is related to baking as I really don't cook all that much. Plus this blog is mainly about baking.  There is a nice section that tells you all about the epic baker, a self-taught home baker/cook. Her blog is very easy to read with lots of lovely pictures. There's a very helpful recipe index grouped into categories which made it easier to choose a recipe but there were so many good ones, it was a difficult choice! I had quite a few bookmarked but in the end I decided to make these lovely lemon muffins. I love lemons in baking and these muffins are full of lemony goodness. They were light, refreshing, moist and delicious and didn't last long at work! I made slight modifications to the recipe - adding yoghurt and using self raising flour instead of cake flour. 

Other recipes that caught my eye and are going on my to bake list are black cocoa brownies, strawberry shortcake cupcakes, lemon custard creams and gluten free chocolate tortes/tarts. I would highly recommend a visit to her blog if you've never visited before. 



 my new lemon juicer from Williams-Sonoma - best I've ever used! 

 adding lots of lovely lemon zest 

 just couldn't resist using my Russian doll measuring cups again 

 ready to go in the oven


 delicious!

Recipe adapted from the adventures of an epic baker

Makes approximately 22 muffins

250g self raising flour
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
113g butter
180g caster sugar (recommend more if you prefer a sweeter bake)
2 eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice
zest of 2 lemons
1 cup natural yoghurt

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Line a muffin tray with paper cases.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing fully.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest and yoghurt. 
  • Finally sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  • Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 12-15 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • You can make an optional glaze - sift 250g icing sugar and add drops of lemon juice until you get the consistency required.  


37 comments:

  1. Lovely recipe look amazing!!

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  2. YUM!!!! Can't wait to try these

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  3. I’m visiting from Group D, and love what you did this month! Lemons are my fave. Beautiful AND delicious, I’m sure!

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  4. I love the color of these lovely lemony muffins! I like to add yogurt in my baking too, it does give a lovely moist to the cake! Just like your tasty lemon muffins! YUM! :)

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    1. Thanks, I think the yoghurt made a difference -the muffins were so light, moist and tangy!

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  5. Oh, I love lemon too, and these muffins look great!

    you are right, time goes by quickly, the SRC turns Monday into the brightest day of the week... ;-)

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    1. I love it when SRC reveal day comes around :)

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  6. I LOVE this club, and those muffins look fabulous too Ros!
    Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen - SRC is great fun! Will be over to see what you made shortly :)

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  7. They look so moist and I agree with you lemon has to be one of my favourites besides chocolate I think.

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  8. These look gorgeous - I love lemon and they look so soft and fluffy I wish you could send one my way! Love the idea of SRC - you always seem to have so much fun discovering a new blog! :)

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    1. I'd send them over but they didnt last long at all! Will have to make them again :) SRC is really good fun!

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  9. I'm glad you liked them! Those are seriously my favorite lemon muffin :).

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    1. I absolutely LOVED them. They were amazing!! Definitely on my bake again list :)

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  10. I love tart citrus in baking! It counters the buttery sweetness so nicely :D

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  11. These tasted great - I thought they had yogurt in them! Very pleased to have been able to try one :-)

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    1. So glad you liked them. I'll have to make some more as they didn't last long!

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  12. I love anything lemon! These look amazing - will definitely have to give them a go!

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    1. Me too! Definitely give these a try - simple and delicious!

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  13. I'll let you in on a secret, since my love of cupcakes began not a single muffin has passed my lips because these days if there's no frosting it's not going to cut it for me! but these lemon muffins do look and sound really refreshing, and I can't help but smile when I see the little Russian doll measuring cups too - so cute!

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    1. Really? I can't believe that! well ok yes I can and normally I'm all about the frosting but these were so good on their own, I didnt even make a glaze. I absolutely adore my russian doll cups and use it every opportunity I get!

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  14. i love love love citrus, especially lemon, so these sound just wonderful to me!

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    1. Me too! These are really really yummy :)

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  15. I am a lemon lover so I can guarantee that these will have a place in my kitchen. They sound wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary. It's a really nice recipe to keep handy.

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  16. Those measuring cups are so cute and it looks like the muffins turned out delicious - they look like flavorful cupcakes without the frosting... Ok, off to visit the Adventures of an Epic Baker...

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    1. I love my russian doll measuring cups :) The muffins were amazing - no need for frosting or glaze!

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  17. I like how yellow your lemon muffins are!

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  18. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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