Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Strawberry Lemonade Muffins


The Meyer lemon journey continues with Strawberry Lemonade Muffins. I decided to make them as minis simply because I love it when things come in little bites. Okay, I admit that the other reason is because I only have mini muffin pans. The pans, by the way, were a wonderful find. My sister and I had been helping to clean out my grandmother's closets and we found all these wonderful muffin tins. She let me have them and now I can bake muffins to my heart's content. Thanks grandma!

But, returning to these muffins, they were awesome. Each one was so fluffy and full of yummy sweetness from the strawberries. Although the lemon flavor was once again subtle, they were still so tasty that I couldn't stop popping them into my mouth. And, at about 40-50 calories per muffin, there's certainly no need to feel guilty about eating several at one time. It's definitely a breakfast that says, "Goodbye winter, and hello spring!"




Strawberry Lemonade Muffins
(adapted from Baking Bites)

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. Meyer lemon zest (I would suggest doubling the zest)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
1 1/2 c. finely chopped fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 500F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or grease 48 mini muffin cups.

Rub the zest into the sugar with your fingers until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Cream the lemon sugar with the butter. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the lemon juice.

Combine the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the chopped strawberries quickly.

Spoon batter out into prepared muffin cups (if using mini muffin tins, it's about 1 Tbsp. batter per cup). The muffin cups should be fairly full.

Bake for 5 min. at 500F, then immediately lower the temperature to 350F. Continue baking until muffins test done about 5 min. (for mini muffins) and possibly 10 min. for regular sized muffins. Turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 12 muffins or 48 mini muffins

This recipe is linked to:
Made it on Monday
Muffin Monday
Delicious Dishes
Made from Scratch Tuesday
Mangia Mondays
Full Plate Thursdays
Themed Bakers Sunday

36 comments:

  1. they look so pretty and adorable mary! looks really delicious to me :)

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  2. Nothing but your family's heirloom to bake up the most delicious treats! and i can definitely spring up to make these refreshing muffins to welcome the season!

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  3. Que delícia Lisa!!!
    Você pode me tirar uma dúvida? O meyer lemon é aquele laranjado? aqui no Brasil chamamos de limão galego... porque o verde é lime (aqui no Brasil limão Tahiti) e o amarelo é o lemon (aqui limão siciliano)... Obrigada!
    E parabéns, seus muffins tão lindos!

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  4. Very light and refreshing muffin. Perfect breakfast!

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  5. Lisa, These look so good! Mini muffins are the best even if that is the only pan you have :) I'm going to have to save this recipe as I am a muffin addict :)

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  6. Yum! These look perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea :) I love meyer lemon!

    Sues

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  7. Oh Lisa, they look yummy. I think they would be fun as minis too.

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  8. I am so glad you joined in on the recipe link!

    I cant wait to see how they taste, because they look great! :)

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  9. This is the second strawberry lemon muffin I've seen today but yours is the first mini! Haha! Nothing says Spring like citrus and strawberries. Yummy!

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  10. oh, yum! they are absolutely perfect for spring! ...i want them for breakfast right now!

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  11. Another hit. These muffins look amazing.

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  12. Lisa! These look like heaven in a bite! I love the strawberry with the lemon! Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

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  13. so pretty! and what a great preparation for spring/summer!

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  14. These sound great and I could use a little dash of spring!

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  15. Mmm, I love strawberry muffins and the hint of lemon I bet makes it quite delightful!

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  16. Yum! Just the name makes you want to bake them! I'm adding lemons to my grocery list...

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  17. Wow, TWO lemony delights! I'd love to sample both as they look fabulous~

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  18. They look fabulous!! I definitely picked the wrong time to look here because I'm hungry and drooling over these. I love anything lemon, beats chocolate for me and you baked these up perfectly. On my to do list!

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  19. What a great flavor combination. Send me a dozen. Oh yum.

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  20. What perfect muffins! I bet they're just heavenly just out of the oven with butter...mmm...Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  21. Wow, these are gorgeous! I love a good strawberry muffin.

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  22. Hi Lisa,
    I can almost taste these wonderful muffins, it is a great recipe. Don't forget to link back to your post for me, I really would appreciate it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  23. So cute and so delicious - love strawberry and lemon together - winner!

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  24. These look lovely! I wonder how they'd be with my strawberry lemon marmalade? I still have some strawberries in the refrigerator from our picking excursion earlier this week. I just may have to try these! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. How absolutely lovely, Lisa! These muffins sound so wonderful!

    xx,
    Tammy

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  26. Yummy little muffins! I like the sound of strawberry with lemon:)

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  27. Love the minis! These are cute and sound delicious. :)

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  28. Love all the lemon combos! These sounds scrumptious!

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  29. Yum! Have to try these! Thanks so much for linking up to Muffin Monday and sharing your recipe!

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  30. luv ur strawberry muffins...:P..yum

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  31. I love these muffins! So full of flavor...yum!

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  32. I gasped when I saw this! I will have to make them soon!

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  33. Well, hmmm... you stopped by my blog and invited me to "link up" here, but I don't see how to do that... Here's where I my muffins are, though, and I left your link in my comments as well: http://cookistry.blogspot.com/2011/03/jam-muffins.html

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  34. Isn't that a tasty little treat? Strawberry lemonade is the best! I love that you said you only have mini muffin tins - too funny.

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