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Blueberry Lemon Muffins

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I have recently been on the search for the perfect “healthy” muffin that I can snack on for breakfast with out feeling like I have just had birthday cake for breakfast. This is NOT that muffin. This is your classic, all the way, over the top, indulgent blueberry muffin.

I think I’m starting to sound like a broken record when I say “you would never know this muffin is gluten free.” So I’m going to stop using that phrase. Instead, I’m just going to pronounce this an awesome blueberry muffin recipe (perfect for anyone avoiding gluten). These came out moist and delicious– just as you would expect from a blueberry muffin recipe. The yogurt and lemon give these muffins a zesty flavor that keeps you wanting more.

Enjoy!

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

INGREDIENTS

Muffin Batter:
2 1/4 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Mix (see Below)
heaping 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp loosely packed lemon zest
3 tsp lemon juice (wishing I had put more)
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
1 cup fresh blueberries

Muffin Topping:
3/4 cup GF all purpose mix
pinch of salt
3 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP granulated sugar
4 TBSP butter, softened

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Sift gluten free flour mix, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl and set aside.
3. Beat together the butter, eggs and sugar until light and creamy. Add in the lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla and Greek Yogurt. Gently fold in the dry ingredients- being sure not to over-mix.
4. Toss your blueberries with a pinch of the flour mixture and then gently fold them into the batter.
5. Scoop into prepared muffin pan or baking cups. { I used these decorative paper cups to make 6-8 large muffins. I think this batter would be enough for 12 regular sized muffins. Tip: The batter was pretty thick, so after scooping out the batter into the cups, wet your finger and smooth out the batter in the cups so that it is evenly distributed. This will ensure an even rise.}
6. In a separate bowl, use your hands to mix together your topping. This shouldn’t be too uniformly mixed, there should be clumps of butter. Place a heaping spoonful directly on top of each muffin- pressing down just a tiny bit.
7. Bake in a 350 degree oven. Large muffins take about 30 minutes, but regular sized will take about 15-20 minutes (test with a cake tester at about 15 min). The tops should be slightly golden and the topping is nice and crisp.

GLUTEN FREE ALL PURPOSE FLOUR MIX
(this will be enough for this recipe and you will have a little extra left over)

8.25 ounces brown rice flour, approximately 1 1/2 cups
8.25 ounces sorghum flour, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1.8 ounces cornstarch, approximately 6 TBSP
3/4 ounce tapioca flour, approximately 3 tablespoons
1 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

Flour-less Meyer Lemon Cake

Last year, at a food conference at the CIA Greystone, I met a woman who is named The Saffron Queen.  Yes, you heard correctly, the Saffron Queen.  She was from Spain, spoke with an accent, and, if I recall correctly, she donned a navy blue beret the entire time she demonstrated her recipes.  I have tried to look her up… but cant seem to find very much information on her.  Regardless of whether she was a figment of my imagination or not, she made the most marvelous Flour-less Lemon muffins a gluten free girl has ever tried.

When I asked her if they were truly “flour-less” she said to me, in her thick Spanish tongue, ” you are celiac?”  I was shocked at her knowledge of the subject (not all American chefs understand what it means when I say I have celiac disease).  “This Majorcan cake only has 3 ingredients,” she proclaimed “Almond, Sugar, Eggs, and Lemon.”

After walking away (with 4 muffins in my purse for the road) I knew I had to find a recipe for this Majorcan cake.

After testing a variety of flourless almond cake recipes, here is my favorite:

Flour-less Meyer Lemon Cake

  • 1 1/3 cups blanched slivered almonds
  • 8 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 5 teaspoons packed grated meyer lemon peel
  • pinch of salt 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter and flour 9-inch-diameter cake pan with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Line bottom of pan with waxed paper. Finely grind almonds with 2 tablespoons sugar in processor. Combine yolks, 2 tablespoons sugar, lemon peel, and salt in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat until thick and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in almond mixture. Using clean beaters, beat egg whites in large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 4 tablespoons sugar, beating until stiff but not dry. Fold large spoonful of whites into almond mixture. Gently fold in remaining whites.

Transfer batter to pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Turn out onto platter. Remove waxed paper.

Originally published in Bon Appetit Magazine