Monday, October 24, 2011

Lemon Sandy Muffins

I am proud to present one of my more, if not most, successful experiments in the kitchen. God knows there have been many failures. But these, I can humbly and truly claim, are perfect.

I'm calling them sandy muffins like pecan sandy cookies, because they have that slightly crumbly and dry texture (not like cake, more like a scone). The absolute best thing about these is that the actual muffin part has no sugar (gasp!) so it's almost not sweet at all, but then when you add the frosting you get the perfect balance of sweet and... not. Trust me. 

 I have provided the super simple recipe below in case you want to try them!


Lemon Sandy Muffins

Ingredients (I should say I measure veeeeeery roughly and inaccurately, so much so that it might make the slightly neurotic a bit seasick, but these quantities should be accurate!)

Sandy Muffins
250g (8.8 oz) flour
2 eggs
170g (6 oz) softened butter
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla 
Zest of 1 lemon
Frosting (essential to this recipe)
5 tbsp boiling water
30g (1 oz) softened butter
12 tbsp (roughly) icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Zest of 1 lemon
1 drop yellow food coloring


Combine flour, eggs, butter and baking powder in large bowl; mix/beat til fluffy and light in color. Stir in vanilla and lemon zest, blend well. 

Scoop into paper muffin cups or greased muffin tin directly, bake at 180 C (356 F) for 15-18 minutes, until top is slightly golden. Because there is no milk and the batter will be quite rough, they will not settle into perfect muffin shapes, they'll look more like boulders. 

In the meantime, make frosting by stirring melted butter and hot water together, and pouring over the icing sugar in a bowl. Mix well. If the proportions are off, simply add more hot water or sugar as needed, until you get a difficult to stir, but not totally solid, consistency. Basically, like frosting. :) Add in the vanilla and lemon zest, and once the texture is smooth, drop in the food coloring. 

Spread frosting onto cooled muffins, and top with additional lemon zest! 

1 comment:

Kelly's Korner said...

That sounds pretty yum!!

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