Lemon Streusal Muffins

It's not hard to figure out if you have been reading my blog that I love to bake muffins and quickbreads. I have been on a bit of a banana bread kick for quite some time, but since My Youngest keeps eating all of the bananas before they can get nice and brown I have to come up with some other ideas.

I found a recipe for a "makeover" Lemon Streusal Muffin in the Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine. Lemon is a favorite flavor of mine because it makes me think of summer and sunshine. It's such a bright flavor and works really well in muffins. This recipe is a lightened version of bakery muffins and was simple enough to prepare. I do have a couple of issues with the recipe as it was written. It says to fill the muffin tins 2/3 full, but when I did that I still had batter left and ended up with about 16 muffins. After they baked up, I found that I could have filled the tins a bit more because they did not rise up as nice as I expected them to. The second complaint I have is in the streusal topping. It added a nice bit of sweetness, but looked nothing like the picture in the magazine (as you'll see in my picture). I think I would increase the butter just slightly for the streusal. I did leave out the walnuts, but don't think that would impact the muffins all that much. I may add some oatmeal to the streusal next time as well.

Overall, the muffins were dense and moist with a lot of lemon flavor. Definitely worth squeezing your own lemons for this recipe. It took me 2 full lemons to get the 1/2 cup of juice. Even though they are not tall and beautiful, I'll be grabbing a couple of these each morning for my breakfast. My Oldest and his friend enjoyed them almost as much as I did. Still can't get My Youngest to try muffins, but that's ok as that leaves more for me! ;)

I'm going to be submitting this to the Lemon Day event over at 1x umr├╝hren bitte. There is an abundance of lemons coming from their trees right now, so new recipes are being requested. The deadline is April 2nd, and the round-up will be posted on April 5th. Lots of time to join in if you want!

Makeover Lemon Streusal Muffins
Source: Taste of Home, Healthy Cooking

1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon lemon peel
1 cup cake flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup reduced fat lemon yogurt
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon cold butter
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly. Beat in egg yolks and lemon peel. Combine the flours through baking soda; add to the butter mixture alternating between the lemon juice and yogurt.

In a small bowl, with clean beaters, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray or use paper liners. Fill 2/3 full with batter.

For streusal, combine the 2 tablespoons of flour through nutmeg; cut in the butter until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle over muffins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (mine only took about 15 minutes). Cool for 5 minutes on wire rack, then remove from pan.

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Chef E said…
Those are in my 'lemony bomb' list to make, I love citrus and use it in a lot of cooking...You bake I will cook for you :)
Lemons make me think of summer also. Great muffins.
Anonymous said…
Oh Paty.. this look so moist and rich, lemons make me think that spring is on the way = ) Fab Recipe.
Mary Bergfeld said…
I have a houseful of lemon lovers. I suspect these will appear on the table very soon. As always, Patsy, thanks for sharing.
Patsyk said…
Chef E - you make me smile! That sounds like a great trade-off! :)

Lisa, Girl Japan - I love the flavors of summer, especially as I wait not-so-patiently for spring!

Mary - I'd love to hear what you think of them if you try them.
Megan said…
I like lemon too. It reminds me of spring and tea partys. :-)
Leslie said…
Cute little muffins!
Melanie said…
These look wonderful! I love, love lemon muffins but can't get the moist enough so I'll have to bookmark this recipe.
zorra said…
Lemons make me think of summer, too! I love streusel so your recipe will be tested soon. I will add some almonds instead of the walnuts, yum!
I love anything lemon-y! These sound delicious!
Talita said…
Sounds delicious! I love lemon muffins!
Have a nice day!

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