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Tender Citrus, Bursting Blueberry Muffins

December 12, 2018

These winning easy-to-make muffins submitted by Donna Pochoday-Stelmach, Morristown, N.J. are tender, moist and full of luscious blueberries with hints of lemon and orange flavors. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a cup of coffee, for an afternoon snack with a cup of complementary tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lard
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure orange extract
  • zest of one organic lemon
  • zest of one organic orange
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons white Demerara, or other coarse sugar, for garnish

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Line 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in bowl, set aside.
  • Beat lard and sugar on medium speed in electric mixer, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add extracts and zests. Beat another minute.
  • Reduce speed to low, slowly add flour mix, in 3 batches, alternating with milk.
  • Remove from mixer, stir blueberries with 3 tablespoons flour to coat, and add to mix, just enough to combine.
  • Spread batter among the muffin tins.
  • Sprinkle tops liberally with coarse sugar.
  • Bake until golden, about 25-30 minutes.
  • Cool in tins, 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to rack to cool.

This easy, tender and moist muffin is full of citrus flavor with a hint of sweet cinnamon, and is bursting with blueberries. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a cup of coffee, for an afternoon snack with a cup of complementary tea.