This Colorado weather is crazy! It was close to 60 degrees here yesterday. That is not the January I am used to! My son’s 1st grade class has been learning about matter (solids, liquids and gases) for the last couple weeks. Yesterday I got to go volunteer in his class to help them with an experiment, to turn a liquid into a solid. They made Ice Cream!! Imagine two 4th grade classes and one 1st grade class in a room shaking bags like crazy. It was a little crazy, but it was fun and the kids loved it. I guess the 60 degree day was the perfect weather for this experiment.
A couple weeks ago when my parents were here, and I made these muffins. My dad is a big fan of all different berries, so I thought these would be a big hit with him. Plus it is a Eating Well recipe, so you know it can’t be all that bad for you. I think most of us are struggling with that this time of year! I loved the subtle lemon flavor in these. It worked perfectly with the raspberries. The recipe called for leaving the raspberries whole, but next time I think I will cut them in half, so you get more raspberries going throughout the entire muffin.
Lemon Raspberry Muffins
From Eating Well
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk (lowfat or nonfat)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup white whole-wheat flour (I only had whole what flour)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberries (I used fresh)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare 12 cup muffin tin with spray or liners.
Remove the zest from the lemon using a vegetable peeler. In a food processor combine lemon zest and sugar. Pulse until the zest is finally chopped and incorporated with the sugar. Add buttermilk, canola oil, egg and vanilla and pulse until combined.
In a separate bowl mix together both flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour and mix until almost blended. Fold in the raspberries. Fill muffins tins about 2/3rd full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing.