A Bake in the Life: Lemon Muffins

I had a big bag of lemons to use up so I had a look through my favourite muffin recipe book and decided to make a batch of lemon muffins. I wanted to make them a bit more interesting so I decided to use some ground almonds in the mixture, lime juice in the icing with desiccated coconut to decorate.

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Lemon Muffins

You will need:

For 12 muffins:

10oz/280g Plain Flour

1 tbsp Baking Powder

Pinch of Salt

4oz/115g Caster Sugar

2 tbsp Ground Almonds

2 Eggs

9 floz/250ml Milk

3oz/85g Butter

Zest of 2 Lemons

For the icing:

6oz/175g Icing Sugar

Juice of 1 Lemon/Lime

Desiccated Coconut

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Let’s get started!

  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas Mark 6.
  • Grease/line your muffin tin with paper muffin cases.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the sugar and ground almonds.

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  • Measure out the milk in a measuring jug, then add the eggs and lightly beat. Add the butter, lemon zest and milk/eggs mixture then combine until smooth.

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  • Before I pour the mixture into the cases I always spoon the mixture from the mixing bowl into the measuring jug. This makes it a lot easier to pour the mixture into the muffin cases.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the muffins are well risen and golden brown on top.
  • Leave the muffins to cool in the tin for around 5 minutes, then remove and cool on a wire rack.

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  • To make the icing combine the icing sugar with a few tablespoons of lemon/lime juice. If the consistency is to your liking spoon over the cooled muffins. If not, add more juice until it is to your taste. Top with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut.

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  • You are all done! 🙂

Like most muffins, these lemon muffins are really easy and simple to make. The addition of ground almonds give a slightly marzipan taste which is complemented well by the lime icing and coconut decoration.

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Lemon muffins are so simple to make you could add in almost anything: poppy seeds, sultanas/raisins, lime/orange zest, honey… the list is endless and I will definitely be trying out some of these alterations soon 🙂

A Bake in the Life…

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