I have a soft spot in my heart for lemon desserts. It all began many years back after one memorable and luscious lemon tart from Le Pain Quotidien. After that moment my love of lemon never ceased. The way a lemons tartness marries so perfectly with sweetness in desserts in something magical. Lemon tarts, lemon meringue pie, lemon cake, lemon shortbread cookies, lemon bars, lemon ice cream, the list of lovely lemon desserts is endless. Make those lemons Meyer lemons and things get event better.
That brings me to this week’s Muffin Monday – Meyer Lemon Pound Cake Muffins. These muffins are aromatic gems of deliciousness. They have a nice density and heft (a la pound cake) and a pleasant acidity from the Meyer lemons. I added creme fraiche to the mix which rounded out the sweet and tart flavors of the muffin. If you like your muffins to be a little lighter and soft you can soak these muffins in a lemon glaze after they cool. I however love a rich dense pound cake so these were perfect for me so the only topping I added was some sugar before they went into the oven which gave them a bit of a crunch and caramelized the Meyer lemons slices that crown the muffin. Give me some lemon and I’ll give you my heart!
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Lemon Pound Cake Muffins (below)
adapted from Taste of Home
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup crème fraiche
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract, beat to incorporate.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
crème fraiche. Combine the flour, salt and baking
soda; add to creamed mixture just until moistened.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at
400° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan
to a wire rack.
Combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over muffins. Serve warm.
Yield: 1 dozen.