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July 12, 2008

Crunchy Lemon Muffins

After a solid week of edits, I’ve decided to have a lazy weekend. I’ve just made a batch of one of my favorite muffins and thought I’d share the recipe with you. It’s taken from New Zealander Alison Holst’s Marvellous Muffins recipe book, and it’s one I make often.

2 cups self-raising flour (I didn’t have any so I used 2 cups of flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder)
3/4 cup of sugar

75 grams butter
1 cup milk
1 egg
grated rind of 1 large or 2 small lemons

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar

Measure the flour and sugar into a bowl and toss to mix. Melt the butter, add the milk, egg and lemon rind and beat well with a fork to combine. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and combine only until the dry ingredients have been lightly dampened but not overly mixed. Divide the mixture evenly between 12 medium-sized muffin pans. (I used paper muffin cases since I hate both greasing the tin and cleaning it afterward!)

Bake at 200 degrees C for 10 minutes. (I find the time depends on the oven. I cooked mine for 10 minutes and found they needed a couple minutes more)

Stir together the lemon juice and sugar without dissolving the sugar and drizzle this over the hot muffins as soon as they come out of the oven. Leave to stand in the pan for only a few minutes after this since the syrup hardens and sticks to the pan when it cools.

Notes: As always I improvise. I use mainly white flour but add a little wholemeal as well. These are also good served with a little fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt. Yum!

I really like muffins. Blueberry are my favorite. I like these lemons ones and also another recipe I make with raspberry jam in the middle and a sugary cinnamon topping. I’ll save that recipe for another time. Strangely, chocolate comes down the list for me, that’s unless it has lots of chocolate chips inside!

Do you like muffins and if so, what is your favorite kind?


  1. Gabriele

    I should get me a muffin pan if I can find one here. I really learned to love the little goodies in the UK. :mrgreen:

    Chocolate chips and orange is my favourite.

  2. Sandra

    Yum. I’ll be right over.

  3. N.J. Walters

    Sounds yummy! My favorite muffins are oatmeal.

  4. Jane

    Chocolate chip muffins are my favorite. Next are banana and then blueberry. I’ve got to try out this recipe. I suck at baking so I’m not sure it’ll taste good.

  5. Shelley Munro

    Gabriele – they’re so easy to make. I whip up a batch in 10 minutes. Perfect to make if you have surprise visitors.

    Sandra – okay – when should I expect you? :grin:

    NJ – I’ve never tried oatmeal muffins.

    Jane – they really are easy to make. Even hubby makes a batch now and then. The secret is not to overmix the batter or they turn out tough.

  6. amanda ashby

    bran muffins and really nice and so are banana muffins (even though I hate bananas in real life!). Yay on your lazy weekend as well!!!

  7. Estella

    Cranberry-orange muffins are my favorite.

  8. Shelley Munro

    Estella – cranberry orange sounds yummy. I like cranberries in my porridege, which reminds me. I’ve run out!

  9. Gwen Mitchell

    I actually made these this past weekend Shelly, and they were delicious! Thanks for sharing!!! :mrgreen:

  10. Gwen Mitchell

    Grr… why do I keep spelling your name wrong? It’s all over the place, and I know, I KNOW how to spell it. I’m sorry. And apparently ‘e’ impaired.

    ~Gwn :blush:

  11. Shelley Munro

    Hi Gwen,

    I’m glad you enjoyed them! I think they’re yummy.

  12. Felicia

    I was just looking for this recipe as I have lost the copy my Mum wrote out for me ages ago, thing is though we add a cup of blueberries, exact same recipe but with 1 cup of blueberries added when you add the liquid to the dry.
    In fact, that is how our copy of the recipe came, an Alison Holst recipe for Crunchy blueberry muffins, how do you like the sound of that!

    Thanks again for having this up so I could find it!

  13. Shelley Munro

    Hi Felicia – I’m glad I could help. I haven’t come across the blueberry recipe but it sounds yummy. I might try adding blueberries the next time I bake these muffins.