When Life Hands You Lemons Muffins


lemon glazed
Two years ago, I suffered through the most unbearable breakups of all breakups. It was catastrophic.  It was devastating. It was life changing. It was a lot to get over. However, I’ve never been the type to sit and wallow indefinitely. After all, there were dishes in the sink that needed to get done, and the casserole that my sister made for me was only going to last so long. I had lost my appetite for several weeks and the only food that sounded appealing was some little muffins. For many people this would pose no problem. However, two years ago, I did not know how to bake. I decided that such a resourceful and clever gal such as myself could surely throw some things in a bowl and stir. The first recipe I tried was this one, taken from my favorite and most friendly of vegetarian cookbooks, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen. This recipe is still one of my preferred– for all occasions.
Remember: If life hands you lemons, make muffins.
— Little Ms. Muffin
Glazed Lemon
6 tbsp brown sugar
4 tbsp melted butter
1 cup yogurt
1 egg
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ tsp grated lemon rind
2 cups unbleached white flour
a few dashes of nutmeg
¾ tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
Glaze:
5 tbsp sugar
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ tsp grated lemon rind
1) Grease the muffin tin and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2) In medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, melted butter, yogurt, egg, lemon juice, and lemon rind; beat it well.
3) In a separate bowl, sift together all of the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and pour in the wet mixture. Stir briefly.
4) Fill the muffin cups to the rim and bake 15-20 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan immediately and cool them on a rack for about 10 minutes before glazing.
5) To prepare the glaze, combine the glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer. Let it cook for five minutes, then remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for five minutes.
6) Spoon one or two teaspoons of the glaze over each muffin top. Let the glazed muffins stand for 10 minutes before serving as the glaze will soak in.
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