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The old pulverized sugar trick...
Limoncello. a lemon liqueur, is the dulce de leche, i.e. trending flavour, of 2011 but anything pure, light and as naturally lemony as this deserves to be a classic. Limoncello is generally from Sorrento, Italy and is a lovely lemon liqueur you served cold or as I do – in all manner of baking. This recipe is not complicated but it is complex in that it has a lemon cupcake, filled with lemon curd (store-bought, jarred or your own – all fine), lemon syrup and a lemon mascarpone (cream cheese is also fine) icing. Feel free to omit all but the cupcake bottom (a dusting of confectioners’ sugar is perfect).Makes these regular cupcake size or miniatures are garden party/spring wedding elegant.
These call for a lemon curd filling but frankly (shhhh) I am fine with instant lemon pie filling (doctored up with a little limon cello) you get in a box. It's a bit of a cheat but it works.
Two types of bran: wheat bran and oat bran, plus some golden, crunchy wheatgerm make these the healthiest muffins around. They are gorgeous, dark, moist, incredibly flavorful 'healthy' muffins, that keep for a week or so, and freeze like a dream. The secret is to let the batter rest in the fridge so it will stiffen a bit and the bran will moisten thoroughly. You should see some nice tops on these. These don't use bran cereal - they use real bran. All the ingredients - buttermilk, honey, touch of spice, touch of orange zest creates a bran muffin symphony. You can also change the dried fruits around.
Muffins from the mall: big bad boys of muffin-dome. High heat, high rack baking makes these puffy umbrella topped muffins. Commercial look/homemade taste.
The "double" refers to the use of softened corn meal as well as dry corn meal
Cocoa in the batter, huge chunks of white chocolate and semi-sweet makes these rich and full of added dimension. A final dip in melted chocolate makes these pretty darn sinful. Extravagant and memorable.
A tender, moist buttermilk vanilla batter is home to chunks of apple and a hint of cinnamon. It's finished up with a vanilla streusel on top. These freeze well so bake, cool, wrap in wax paper and then tuck in a sealable storage container.
Butter or oil-based, this modest but moist muffin will bring back memoriesâ€¦..even if you never stepped foot in JM. Re-vamped for now, the original recipe had no vanilla but you can add 1-2 teaspoons. These are rather good without the vanilla (for a change) in a vintage, remember-when-department-stores-had cafeterias sort of way. These make modest muffins. If you want them large, chill the batter 15 minutes, then scoop out huge muffins in big muffin tins, bake on the upper rack of the oven at 375 F.
Stuff one in your lunch tote or take one on your commute. You can also add a touch of ground flax seed and use all canola oil if you prefer.
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These luscious muffins are tiny coffeecakes in a muffin shape.You can substitute sour milk, use buttermilk powder, yogurt, or buttermilk instead of the sour cream.