My personal favorites are Meyer Lemons, I can't get enough of them. I've been fully engulfed by S.A.D. this week, and isn't that the perfect acronym for it. I'm pretty sure Californians are fueled by the sun and when we go days on end without it; things just get a little rough. Nonetheless, I'm still thankful we aren't knee deep in snow. Or I'd probably be like a bear, curled up in a ball hibernating somewhere.
I really wanted to put a little sunshine back in my life. What's more perfect than Meyer lemons for the job. Meyer lemons have a stronger perfume and sweeter taste, let's just say they are the Queen of lemons and a regular lemon - would just be a Princess or something. You are going to have to trust me on this one, because you know full well by now I'm not about to explain the scientific breakdown of them; you would be on the wrong blog for sure.
When I was little my mom always made surprise muffins for us, they were a simple muffin with jelly in the middle. I was hoping by recreating these in my favorite flavor, maybe it would bring a little sunshine back into to my life. I love leaving a bowl of these on my counter and waltzing by and smelling them as if they were perfume.
Meyer Lemon Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil or butter, melted
zest and juice from 2 Meyer lemons
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
12 blackberries (optional, but extra yummy)
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. In another bowl add oil, lemon zest, juice from lemons, eggs, and milk, stir together and add to dry ingredients. Mix well.
Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners. Fill half way with lemon batter, then add a teaspoon full of blackberry jam and a whole blackberry.
Then cover with rest of lemon batter, until cupcakes are full.
Bake in 400 degree F oven for 20 minutes. Let cool a bit.
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tsp. Meyer lemon juice
zest from 1 Meyer lemon
Mix sugar, zest and juice until combined, if not spoon-able add a little water. Spoon over top of muffins.
These muffins aren't for those who want a hint of lemon flavor, they are for those of us who want to be smacked in the face with it. Just a warning though, you may be tempted to eat the paper wrappers in order to get all the goodness off it!
See the yummy surprise in there that will be waiting for you if you make these tangy muffins.
Hope they brought you at least a little smile and sunshine!