Zesty lemon muffins

Zesty lemon muffins

I wanted to make some really fluffy and lemony muffins for a party so I made these zesty lemon muffins using dairy-free spread and almond milk:

You’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  •  2 lemons juiced
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or dairy-free spread
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the lemon syrup:

  • The juice of the 2 zested lemons above
  • 1/2 cup sugar

How to make the lemon muffins:

  1. Heat the oven to 180 C degrees and line a muffin pan with paper basket cases or put some silicon cases on a baking tray.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the lemon zest.
  3. In a small bowl mix the melted butter, milk, eggs and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and  mix  with a wooden spoon until  you get a smooth batter.
  4. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups then bake for 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Whisk the lemon juice and sugar together in a small saucepan and heat up gently. Simmer for about five minutes until reduced and syrupy. Turn off the heat.
  6. When the muffins are done, poke each with a toothpick and drizzle the warm lemon syrup on top or brush each with a silicon brush.
  7. Let them cool for 10 minutes in the tin (or silicon cup) then move them to a plate.

Tips

  • I used rose-shaped silicon cups but you can use other moulds or just a normal muffin tin.
  • Don’t overmix the batter – or your muffins will be stodgy

 

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