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Lemon Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins

I’ve got a bit of an obsession with cookbooks.  One that’s been ingrained in me since I was little.  You see, my mum is also a cookbook-olholic so it’s in my blood.  She’s got shelves and shelves of them, but the ones I remember the most were the ones from the spiral bound Companies Coming series.  Company’s Coming was a hugely popular Canadian recipe book series in the 1980’s and 1990’s comprising of nearly 90 books in the original series (over 200 books in total).  Each book was spiral bound and came in a different colour.  I distinctly remember organising them on the shelf by colour, always having a soft spot for the pretty pastel covers without really caring about the recipes inside. 


The Company’s Coming books were so successful that they spawned a chain of cafes under the same name selling coffee, cinnamon buns and muffins among other things.  We had a Company’s Coming cafe in our local mall which has long since closed down, but I still think about their delicious raspberry muffin mini loafs that were accompanied with a big dollop of cream cheese frosting on the side.

I set out to try and re-create the raspberry muffin mini loafs that I’d so longed for, but after considering other potential flavour combinations I decided not to try and replicate them.  Instead I took inspiration from the raspberry mini loafs and made up my own muffins using some of my favourite flavour combinations which worked really well together.  


I combined fresh lemon juice and zest with raspberries and white chocolate chips for a utterly delicious little muffin loaf.  These turned out great, and really helped to fill the void left by the demise of the Company’s Coming mini loafs. 

Of course these can also be made using regular paper muffin cases, but they won’t be nearly as cute as these pretty patterned mini loaf cases that I received from DotComGiftShop.  I’ve just noticed the pink ones aren’t available anymore, but they’ve got plenty of other designs and sizes to choose from. The lovely folks over at DotComGiftShop also sent me some of their patterned paper tape that’s so popular right now.  I attached the tape to the ends of some cocktail sticks to make some cute little flags.  


As you can see DotComGiftShop also sent me some slightly larger loaf cases which I used for a second batch of muffin / loafs.  I’ll explain more about this second batch in another post a bit later.  I’ll give you a hint though – the recipe comes from a new cookbook that I recently added to my ever growing collection.  I just couldn’t help myself!


Lemon Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins 

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup (125ml) Lemon Yogurt  
3 Tbsp (45ml) Vegetable Oil  
Tbsp (30ml) Lemon Juice  
1 Egg   
1 tsp (5ml) Lemon Extract   
1 1/2 Cups (188g) Flour (plain)
3/4 Cup (170g) White Sugar  
2 tsp Baking Powder  
1/4 tsp Salt  
1 Tbsp Grated Lemon Zest  
1 Cup Frozen Raspberries  
1/3 Cup White Chocolate Chips
Tbsp Coarse Sanding Sugar for decoration (I used India Tree brand)

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Arrange loaf cases on baking tray, or grease or line a 12 cup muffin pan. 

2.  In a large bowl, mix together the yogurt, oil, lemon juice, egg, and lemon extract. Set aside. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry, and mix until just combined. 

4. Gently stir in the frozen raspberries and white chocolate chips. Fill the prepared muffin cups so they’re about 3/4 full.  Sprinkle the sanding sugar over the tops for decoration. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Let cool before serving.


Check back soon to read about my second batch of muffin loafs!

Fruity Banana & Pineapple Muffins by The Pink Whisk

It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve last posted, and I really hope it doesn’t happen again, but life since Jayden arrived has been rather hectic, and I’ve been trying to catch up on my deeply missed sleep in any spare time I’ve had.  I am rather proud to say that I managed to make a lone batch of brownies in one of the few spare moments I’ve had since Jayden’s been born.  Sadly I must admit that they came from a box, but their gooey and chocolatey goodness helped get me through some sleepless nights!

I’ve had the guest post below nearly ready to go for some time now, but just haven’t been able to finalise it and add in the pictures went along with it.  This guest post comes from the amazing Ruth Clemens, who many of you will know was the runner up on the first season of the hit UK TV series “The Great British Bake Off” which I throughly enjoyed watching (season 2 is airing now by the way).  I’d been following Ruth’s blog “The Pink Whisk” even before I knew she was going to be on The Great British Bake Off, and have enjoyed drooling over her amazing creations.  Ruth has been kind enough to put together a guest post for you all, while I try and get back into a routine and finish some of my own posts.  

Ruth has made some delicious fruity muffins with a tropical twist – perfect to go with the fabulous 27ºC weather we’ve been having in London over the past week!  So, if you’re in the mood for muffins, please do give Ruth’s recipe below a try!



Fruity Banana & Pineapple Muffin by The Pink Whisk
Summer holidays are over, the children (and grown ups) are back to the old routine.  My thoughts turn to livening up the kids packed lunches without overloading them with sugary bits and pieces. This is a really simple muffin recipe packed full of fruity goodness guaranteed to put a smile on their face at lunchtime!
Makes 12.
Ingredients:
225g (1 3/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp) Wholemeal self-raising flour
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda)
180g (3/4 Cup + 3 Tbsp) Soft Light Brown Sugar
2 Ripe Medium Bananas, mashed
1 Tin (425g or 15oz) Pineapple Chunks, drained
90ml (6 Tbsp) Sunflower Oil
2 Large Eggs
Optional: 1 tsp Icing Sugar for sifting.

Method:
1.  Preheat oven to 160c (fan)/180c/Gas Mark 4 (350ºF). Line a 12 hole muffin pan with paper liners.

2.  In a large bowl mix together the wholemeal flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda and light brown sugar.

3.  Mash the bananas and drain the pineapple. Make a well in the centre of  dry mixture and add the fruits, sunflower oil and eggs. Mix well until thoroughly combined.




4.  Divide the mixture between the paper liners and bake in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. 




5.  Optional – Dust with a little icing sugar and serve.



Lemon & Lime Blueberry Strusel Muffins

Lately I’ve been on a bit of a fruit kick, but I’ll admit that sometimes I buy too much which results in some of the fruit going a bit mouldy before I can eat it.  To avoid this I’ll often throw what I know I can’t eat into the freezer so I can use it in smoothies or muffins later.  I love muffins.  Blueberry are probably my favorite, but I’ve just never found a blueberry muffin recipe that I was 100% satisfied with – until now.  Last week I was cleaning out our fridge & freezer when I came across a few things that I just knew once combined would make a super delicious muffin.  Frozen blueberries, a few lemons and limes, and some sour cream.  The results were delicious.  They’re not too greasy, and they’ve got just the right amount of lemon & lime zest in them.  I would definitely make again – and that’s saying a lot, because although 99% of the things I bake are totally yummy I don’t usually bake the same thing more than once because I’m always looking to try something new. 

I prefer to use frozen blueberries in these muffins because they’re solid, so won’t turn your batter purple when stirring them in.  You can either purchase pre-frozen blueberries, or do what I do and just buy a container of fresh blueberries and pop them straight in the freezer.

Lemon & Lime Blueberry Strusel Muffins
Makes 12 Muffins

Muffin Ingredients:

2 Eggs
3/4 Cup (170g) White Sugar
3/4 Cup (150g) Brown (Muscavado) Sugar
1/2 Cup (125ml) Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 Cup (250ml) Sour Cream
2 Cups (250g) Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 Tbsp Lemon Zest (approx 3 Lemons)
1/2 Tbsp Lime Zest (approx 2 Limes)
1 1/2 Cups Frozen Blueberries

Strusel Topping:

2 Tbsp + 1 tsp (32g) Butter
1/3 Cup + 1 Tbsp (78g) Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup (32g) Flour
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Lemon Zest

1.  Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper muffin liners.  In a small bowl combine all of the Strusel topping ingredients and basically smoosh them together with your hands until small little crumbly bits form.  Set aside.

2.  In one bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon and set aside.  In a separate bowl beat the eggs, while gradually adding the sugars.  Next gradually pour in the oil and continue beating.  Lastly add in the vanilla and sour cream and mix until combined. 

3.  Gently fold the dry ingredients in with the wet until just combined.  It’s ok if there’s a few lumps – just make sure not to over mix.  Lastly add in the blueberries, lemon and lime zest and lightly stir until just combined.  Pour and divide the mixture evenly into your muffin pan and sprinkle the tops of each muffin with a generous amount of the strusel topping.  Bake for 20 – 25 mins (until a toothpick comes out clean).  Let the muffins cool slightly before serving. 

The only thing I would have done differently with this recipe would have been to add a bit more strusel topping on each muffin.  I sprinkled what looked like an ok amount on top of the unbaked muffins, but once they cooked and puffed up a it the strusel topping looked a bit wimpy on top.  I’d recommend covering the entire top in strusel topping, which should result in a nicer look, crunch & flavour once the muffins are baked.

These muffins freeze well in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to a month.  When you’re ready to eat them simply take them out of the freezer about an hour before and leave them to defrost at room temperature uncovered (so the tops don’t go soft & sticky)

Enjoy!

Introducing Breakfast Club

Breakfast lovers unite!  I’m pleased to say that I’ll be co-hosting a monthly link up called the Breakfast Club. This is the first month of the newly re-launched Breakfast Club, co-hosted by myself and Sarah from Maison Cupcake.

Originally started by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours, Breakfast Club is the place to share and celebrate the variety of things people eat for breakfast.  From sausage sandwiches and bacon butties, to waffles with berries and cream, and everything in between. If you eat it for breakfast we want you to share it with us!

Breakfast Club Blogger Link Up

You may enter up to two dishes per month. We don’t mind your dishes being entered to other events, but the post must be newly published material. All entrants participating in Breakfast Club are also offered an invite to pin to the Breakfast Club Pinterest Board.

Breakfast Club Pinterest Board

To get you going, here are some ideas of things you can enter into Breakfast Club:

Bacon and sausages
Bagels and pretzels
Breads
Breakfast bars
Brunch dishes
Cereals, granolas, mueslis
Cooked breakfasts
Egg dishes including tortillas and omelettes
French toast
Fruit based salads
Home cured meats
Home made cheeses
International breakfast dishes
Jams, curds, preserves
Kedgerees
Pancakes, crepes and blini
Pastries and muffins
Porridges
Nut butters and spreads
Scones and drop scones
Smoothies, shakes and juices
Soy milk or soy yogurt dishes
Waffles and griddled things
Toasties or things on toast
Yogurt dishes

Please publish your new post linking to the current host’s (Andrea Made With Pink) monthly announcement post, and the co- host’s blog (which this month is Sarah Maison Cupcake). If you mention either of us on Twitter (@Made_With_Pink and @MaisonCupcake) with the #BreakfastClub hashtag, we’ll try to RT as many entries as we can.

Don’t forget to include the below Breakfast Club badge in your post as well!

Breakfast Club Blogger Link Up

I’ll be posting a recap of all the entries at the end of the month.

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Breakfast Club

Breakfast lovers unite!  I’m pleased to say that I’ll be co-hosting a monthly link up called the Breakfast Club. This is the first month of the newly re-launched Breakfast Club, co-hosted by myself and Sarah from Maison Cupcake.

Originally started by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours, Breakfast Club is the place to share and celebrate the variety of things people eat for breakfast.  From sausage sandwiches and bacon butties, to waffles with berries and cream, and everything in between. If you eat it for breakfast, we want you to share it with us!

You may enter up to two dishes per month. We don’t mind your dishes being entered to other events, but the post must be newly published material. All entrants participating in Breakfast Club are also offered an invite to pin to the Breakfast Club Pinterest Board.

Breakfast Club Pinterest Board

To get you going, here are some ideas of things you can enter into Breakfast Club:

Bacon and sausages
Bagels and pretzels
Breads
Breakfast bars
Brunch dishes
Cereals, granolas, mueslis
Cooked breakfasts
Egg dishes including tortillas and omelettes
French toast
Fruit based salads
Home cured meats
Home made cheeses
International breakfast dishes
Jams, curds, preserves
Kedgerees
Pancakes, crepes and blini
Pastries and muffins
Porridges
Nut butters and spreads
Scones and drop scones
Smoothies, shakes and juices
Soy milk or soy yogurt dishes
Waffles and griddled things
Toasties or things on toast
Yogurt dishes

Please publish your new post linking to the current host’s (Andrea Made With Pink) monthly announcement post, and the co- host’s blog (which this month is Sarah Maison Cupcake). If you mention either of us on Twitter (@Made_With_Pink and @MaisonCupcake) with the #BreakfastClub hashtag, we’ll try to RT as many entries as we can.

Don’t forget to include the below Breakfast Club badge in your post as well!

Breakfast Club Blogger Link Up