Monday, August 1, 2011

Lemon Sour Cream Muffins



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I make these muffins at least a dozen times a year. They are easy to transport and they are always well-received. They taste like a moist and buttery pound cake that is baked in cupcake pans. I really have no idea why they were called muffins, but I can tell you, that whatever they are called, they are delicious. This prize winning recipe was developed by Lola Baxter for Taste of Home magazine. I like to serve these warm, so, if they're not going to be served immediately I store them without the drizzled icing. That makes it possible to quickly reheat and ice them just before serving. If you'd like to make these a smidgen more healthy, half the all-purpose flour called for in the recipe can be replaced with whole wheat pastry flour. You can also halve the ingredients for the glaze that are given in the recipe. I think it makes way too much icing for a dozen muffins, but my sweet tooth is more easily satisfied than most. These are pretty things and the web-like drizzle is quite lovely. They certainly would add eye candy to a tea table. I have no doubt that those of you who try these will really like them. They are easy, fast, and, in the grand scheme of things, inexpensive to prepare. Here's the recipe.

Lemon Sour Cream Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
Muffins
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract 0r 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Glaze
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:
1) Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream and vanilla and lemon extracts.
2) Combine flour, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture just until moistened.
3) Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
4) Combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over muffins. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.








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65 comments:

freerangegirl said...

Yummy - these look delicious x

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious muffin,luks yum...

Alessandra said...

Hi Mary, I never made muffins with sour cream, but I like the idea, especially if there is lemon as well!

Have a good week

Alessandra

Federica said...

che meraviglia!devono essere buonissimi!baci!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

These look delicious. Take care Diane

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Love this list of ingredients. Simple and so good

Rachana said...

Delicious muffins!

Ana Rita said...

Great muffin.It looks delicious...

Kisses,
Rita

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

These sound great Mary, I've bookmarked them and will try them soon:@)

meeshiesmom said...

Beautiful! These look so delicious.
Karen

Sandra said...

They look delicious!
I love lemon and I love muffins, so This is the perfect combination!
Love from Spain

polwig said...

These look awesome and so refreshing for a summer day, almost like a lemonade in a cupcake form. The best part is that I have all the ingredients in the house ;)

Martha said...

Mary these look yummy and I have everything to make them -- these may be my teatime treat today!

Hovkonditorn said...

Delicious! I like to use sour cream in muffins, they become so moist and yummy!

bellini said...

I am a huge fan of lemon!!!!

Becki's Whole Life said...

I might actually have all of the ingredients to make this. I love Lemon - think its one of my favorite flavors especially in the summertime! Thanks Mary for another great recipe:-)

Big Dude said...

The muffins sound delicious Mary and I remember using your mussel recipe from a year ago.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I could pop that whole think right in my mouth with my cup of coffee this morning, Mary! Have a wonderful week. blessings ~ tanna

susan said...

Mary-I have been MIA with weddings and a new grandbaby! I am glad I popped in just in time to see this! This reminds me a pound cake my grandmother used to make. How do you reheat these if they are not to be served immediately? Hope all is well with you. I Have missed visiting!

The Blonde Duck said...

Perfect for summer!

From the Kitchen said...

I still have my cupcake/muffin apron on and these look and sound delicious. I think having a few in the freezer in case of a cupcake emergency would be very good.

Best,
Bonnie

lena said...

mary, i think this is simply awesome and easy recipe too!

Junia said...

oooo this must be sooo yummy. sour cream adds such great flavor to baked goods. we just bought a lemon butter cake at the farmer's market last week!

Ryan said...

Beautiful muffins! These look so good with the drizzle on top and I love anything lemon. Can't wait to try these!

Jenn said...

I love using sour cream in cakes/muffins..it really does help make them so very moist! And lemon.. well, that's next in line after chocolate! YUM!

Parsley Sage said...

I'm totally a sour cream sweets junkie. Your 'muffin's look incredible!

Karen Harris said...

Oh my Mary, these sound so delicious but dangerous for snackers like me. Oh, what the heck, you only live once. I think I will make some.

Nan said...

I definitely plan to make these! Thank you. It is indeed a thin line between muffins and cupcakes. :<)

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

i love sour cream in sweet breads (and muffins). Sounds delicious!

Dave (formerly Year on the Grill)

Lucie said...

Ahh--one of my favorite snacks of all time. I agree that these seem terrific without too much glaze!

yummychunklet said...

These muffins look so delicate and moist. Yum!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

They look amazing, especially with the drizzle of glaze!

kitchen flavours said...

Your muffins looks pretty! I love lemons, and these seems pretty much my kind of muffins! Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day!

Pondside said...

I remember being inspired to serve mussels from your moules post!
Lemon again - there can never be too much lemon. Do you ever double this recipe?

At Anna's kitchen table said...

Oooh they look gorgeous. So fresh and zesty.

Anna A. said...

Mmmm the idea of this tang is making my mouth water! I love how "muffins" are code for ..ahem....cupcakes...

Chiara said...

I love sour cream !Yummy!!!! have a great day....

Stevie said...

These muffins look lovely. Is it sitting on an inverted wine glass? That's creative in-and-of itself. I really like lemon and sour cream together. Yum!

Valérie said...

They look adorable! Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe!

kitty said...

Oh YUM!!! These look & sound amazing!

Joanne said...

I love lemony desserts and treats so these sound perfect to me! I might have to make them to bring to my lab meeting this week!

We Are Not Martha said...

That's such a pretty photo! Lemony desserts are the best :)

Sues

That Girl said...

With the icing I would definitely call these cupcakes, a beautiful dessert!

cajunlicious said...

Yummy! I love lemon add sour cream and muffin and I am in!

Cheryl said...

You sure seem to be a fellow lemon lover! You have been keeping me busy lately, I made the Orange Rhubard Loaf this morning, cant wait to tuck into it later!

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

I bake with sour cream, a great deal, but I don't think, I have used it, for muffins. I hope to give this a try.

Epicurea said...

yeah - refreshing muffins are just what we all need right now!

PeggyR said...

Those sound wonderful!

Rita said...

Love the look of that muffin; perfection again.
Rita

Rambling Tart said...

I am now craving muffins with lots and lots of frosting. :-)

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Wow, those look and sound really wonderful! My hubby and daughter love all things lemon and muffins are our favorite breakfast. Thanks for another great keeper!

AndiWinslow said...

These lemon muffins sound delicious. A must try thanks for the post. Andi thewednesdaybaker

Suman Singh said...

this sounds soo good. perfect summery treat:)

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

A truly gorgeous muffin - I love your presentation - lovely recipe,
Mary

The Harried Cook said...

I heart muffins! And I made lemon muffins about a month ago for the first time, and LOVED it. Can't wait to try your version, Mary! Thanks for sharing :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Perhaps I'll have to invite you over, and you will bring these muffins? Lemon baked into a muffin, cake or cup cake is sublime!

Anna said...

OOOH! How delightful these look!

tandysinclair.com said...

these sound really interesting - I love sour lemon in sweet dishes :) Have a great day!

Eating Deliciously said...

Big fan of lemon muffins. Looking forward to trying this version with sour cream.

Life is Full said...

Perfect for an English tea!

Claudia said...

I do love sour cream in baked goods - so moist. And if you say they're grand for a crowd - then they're grand for a crowd. Saving this for my next go-round with a crowd (wish I saw this Sunday for the cast party). Because I know me. I'd gobble them up.

Tender Branson said...

What a muffin! Love lemon in muffins.

Cooking Creation said...

Bookmarking these! They look and sound delicious!

Foodycat said...

Anything with lemon sounds good to me! Mary these sound delectable!

platanosmangoes.com said...

I would be happy with a dozen...

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