04 May 2017

Raspberry Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Raspberry Muffins with Lemon Glaze / www.delightfulrepast.com

Raspberry muffins are not raspberry cupcakes. One of the things I love about a muffin is that it has a lot less sugar than a cupcake. That is, it should. I've seen recipes with sugar levels nearing that of cupcakes. I've made this recipe with even less sugar than indicated here, but I must admit it does alter the texture a bit.

So I'm writing the recipe here with the maximum amount of sugar, which amounts to under 3 teaspoons per muffin without the glaze. If you've read my Sugar - Toxin or Treat? post, you know I limit myself to 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. So I could have two of these without the glaze. The glaze brings it up to 4.5 teaspoons per muffin.

The texture is wonderful. Of course, the key to proper texture of any muffin is not overmixing, not developing the gluten in the batter. So I've included some tips in the directions.

What's your favorite kind of muffin? 


Raspberry Muffins with Lemon Glaze / www.delightfulrepast.com

Raspberry Muffins with Lemon Glaze 


(Makes 12 muffins) 

The Raspberry Muffins 

6 tablespoons (3 ounces/85 grams) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Milk to make 1 cup (8 fluid ounces/237 ml) milk
1 3/4 dip-and-sweep cups (8.75 ounces/248 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
2/3 cup (4.67 ounces/132 grams) sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon mace or nutmeg
2 large eggs, room temperature
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) raspberries, fresh or frozen 

The Lemon Glaze 

3/4 firmly packed cup (3 ounces/85 grams) unsifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 

1 Preheat oven to 400F/205C/Gas6. Grease a standard 12-muffin tin or line it with paper bake cups. (I usually bake muffins in a greased tin, but I just happened to have a dozen of these pink bake cups.)

2 In 2- or 4-cup glass measure, melt the butter in the microwave; cool slightly. In 1-cup glass measure, stir together fresh lemon juice and milk; set aside to thicken a bit.

3 In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and mace or nutmeg. Take out 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture to coat the berries before adding them to the batter.

4 Add soured milk to melted butter, and whisk in eggs, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add thoroughly whisked wet mixture to thoroughly whisked dry mixture. Stir as little as possible, just until dry ingredients are moistened. Using a silicone spatula, gently fold in the berries.

5 Scoop the batter from the edge of the bowl so as not to further mix the batter and evenly fill twelve muffin cups just about to the top. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in a center muffin comes out clean.

Note: I used frozen raspberries and baked the muffins for 25 minutes. With fresh berries, they would take less time.

6 Whisk powdered sugar to get most of the lumps out, then whisk in lemon juice. Drizzle over slightly cooled, but still warm, muffins. If you like the glaze to be visible, cool the muffins more before glazing. Serve warm or room temperature.

64 comments:

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

Raspberry. Lemon Glaze. Si! While I’m not a big fan of breads, muffins, biscuits – even cakes – from the Universe of Crumbly Things, it almost seems to me that the glazes and fillings often associated with them speaks to an awareness of their rather dry nature. They are like ballast, filler. Could it be that the inventors and innovators of sugary glurp know full well of what I write? Makes me feel – sob, sniffle, sob – less alone…

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sully, I think I just hit on the problem. If you have only ever had a muffin that's been sitting in a bakery case all day, you have not had a muffin as it was meant to be. Even an excellent (if I do say so myself), un-dry muffin such as this one will not be at its best later in the day. You need to try one that's been out of the oven about 15 minutes to an hour - you'll be a convert! That's why I usually just make 6 muffins at a time.

Angie Schneider said...

Less sugar is good. I find many muffin recipes are overly sweetened. These berry muffins look very fresh and inviting!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Angie. And, of course, they could be "healthed up" a bit with a little of the flour replaced by some whole grains.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh dear me, Jean, I adore anything with raspberries! Your muffins look so pretty and especially on that lovely plate. Yes please, I'd love one with my cup of tea right now! I made raspberry jam last weekend, but that's probably way too much sugar for you.
Happy first week of May!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Kitty! And since you already have your homemade raspberry jam ready, don't miss my post next Thursday!

Caras Kitchen said...

hah I always wondered what the actual difference between mmuffins and cupcakes were. Sugar does make since- I once read that cupcakes are just muffins with better branding lol. I thought that was funny. Anyways these sound so delicious and your photos are beautiful :)

Mrs Shoes said...

Lemon glaze, oh YUM! It would also go quite nicely on my all-time favourite muffin, blueberry.

Lady of the Manor said...

These muffins sound delicious! I'm usually a blueberry muffin-lover but am going to give these a try this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Zenda

Grammy Dee said...

Oh my, looks tasty and oh so yummy :) Thank you for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Cara, thank you! And that IS funny - "better branding"!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mrs Shoes, yes, by all means use blueberries instead of raspberries; it's all good!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Zenda, thank you. I hope you'll let me know how they turned out for you.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Grammy Dee - much appreciated!

Margie said...

Raspberry and lemon make a tasty combo! This is the first time that I've heard that mixing can affect texture.

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Louca por porcelana said...

It looks delicious...No,VERY VERY DELICIOUS!!!Xoxo,Maristella.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Yes, Margie, you'll be amazed at the difference it makes when you mix the muffin batter as little as possible. (I love hearing people's library stories!)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Muita obrigado, Maristella!

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

What a great combo of flavors, Jean! You know me....anything that adds lemon I like. Alas at this moment in time I'm curbing my gluten and sugar intake so I have to refrain from making these for me....but perhaps my sweet-toothed hubby would enjoy a treat!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Sue! Though gluten doesn't seem to bother me, I always feel better when I limit my sugar intake to not more than 6 teaspoons per day. Hope your "curbing" works well for you.

Anonymous said...


Oh Jean, these look wonderful! Thank you for the tip on coating the raspberries with a little flour. That would go a long ways to not having them make little soggy spots in my muffins! Awesome! I don't think I had ever heard this. Thank you.

Raspberry and lemon are my most favorite fruit combination so these are going to be greatly enjoyed - as soon as I find some nice raspberries.

Enjoy your weekend.

Love,
Lily

Jeanie said...

These look awfully good! I should be able to have something like this in another week and I have to tell you, I'm getting a bit itchy to bake again! Although I did the stupidest thing. I ordered my long wanted, first Madeleine pan and it arrived shortly before my surgery. I showed it off to Rick and I promptly lost it. I've searched everywhere, even under the couch (because when it doesn't show up in all the obvious places, you go for the really desperate.) I gave up today and ordered a new one. It wasn't that expensive and of course now I'll find the other someplace when I least expect it! So, hopefully someday, if you haven't already, I'll see a Madeleine recipe here.

And by the way, that tea is fabulous! Again, thank you!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Dear Lily, I hope you find some raspberries soon! Let me know how these turn out for you. I'm going to try to stay out of the kitchen this weekend and enjoy other things! Hugs.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jeanie, I have done things like that before - that pan will definitely show up. But, no worries, you can just make twice as many madeleines at once! And, yes, I have posted my recipe. http://www.delightfulrepast.com/2015/07/madeleines-classic-french-teacakes.html Though I make mine in a different pan. Have fun!

Cranberry Morning said...

They look wonderful, Jean. I've always preferred muffins to cupcakes. I like blueberry and raspberry. Fruit is always my favorite. I'll be making these.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Judy. And I always choose a fruit dessert or treat, too.

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

Muffins can be such a tasty treat . Your recipe looks wonderful. I am always interested in cutting down the amount of sugar in my baking.

The Reader's Tales said...

Wow! Jean, these are beautiful and look so yummy!!!
I have simple and classic tastes so I think my favourite muffins are nature with dark chocolate chips. Close to my house there is an excellent bakery which makes it... they disappear very quickly (a real success their muffins). I also like banana muffins and I can't wait to discover your gorgeous strawberry muffins.
Thank you very much for your recipe.

Agness of Run Agness Run said...

These muffins are simply mouth-watering! Thanks a bunch for the amazing recipe, Jean!

April J Harris said...

I totally agree, Jean, there is a big difference between cupcake and a muffin! Your Raspberry Muffins look delicious and I love the lemon glaze. They are perfect for tea time. Pinning and sharing. Thank you so much for your support of Hearth and Soul.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Gerlinde, thank you. And I'm glad to find someone else interested in cutting back on sugar in recipes.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

TRT, thank you. I'm glad I don't have a good bakery *too* close to my house - I eat fewer floury things if I have to make them myself! :D I'm not sure, but I think I've posted my banana muffins.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Agness, thank you. I think they'd make a great treat after a run.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you so much, April. Love Hearth and Soul and so appreciate your SM shares. Yes, perfect for tea time. I only make things that go well with tea! :D

Daniela said...

Dearest Jean,
I'm writing down this awesome and for sure delightful recipe, while I'm waiting for our raspberries get ripe ... it's quite cold, yet, and it's raining quite a lot, so they're growing more and more, that's why I think this year we're going to have rather juicy fruits !

Wishing you a most lovely weekend ahed,
I'm sending blessings to you,
with the deepest gratitude and esteem ever

XOXO Dany

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love raspberry anything. It would be without the glaze for me as it adds too much sugar.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Dany dear, I wish I had raspberries growing, but not at this time. Perhaps one day. Enjoy your lovely rain!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

I'm with you, Magali - raspberry anything and no glaze for me! I'm really quite careful about my sugar intake.

Cathy Lawdanski said...

I love the raspberry lemon combination. Looks delicious!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Cathy. Wish I had one right now!

Tony Grant said...

I have now discovered, by making them, how much sugar goes into a cake so I don't make many or eat much cake now. I do eat some. How do you know the amount of sugar you eat Jean? Anyway , moving on, that plate looks amazing. I love the flower decoration. Have you ever seen Clarice Cliff ceramic designs? I think you might be a secret Clarice Cliff type Jean. All the best, Tony

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Tony, I've not heard of Clarice Cliff, but I'll definitely look into her now - thanks for the tip! It's easy to know how much sugar I consume because I rarely eat or drink anything with sugar in it that I did not make myself. I simply divide the amount of sugar by the number of servings in the recipe, and there you have it! And I make things with less sugar and eat smaller portions.

Cocoa and Lavender said...

Well, thes might become my new favorite muffins but so far, my Aunt Rae's golden raisin and rosemary muffins are neck and neck with her rhubarb muffins! Thanks for this recipe, Jean, and for your hints to make tender, light muffins.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Oh, David, thank you so much! It's too long since I've made rhubarb muffins. Seems like the rhubarb season gets shorter and shorter every year, and I keep missing it!

Rue said...

These look delicious, Jean. I never knew to take some of the flour mixture to mix with the berries. That's a great trick :)

I think my favorite muffin is blueberry or banana.

I hope you're having a great weekend :)

xo,
rue

Cecilia said...

Rasberry and lemon just go together, your muffin recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Rue! Of course, you can use blueberries in this instead of raspberries. And I love banana, too!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Cecilia, thank you. I'd be having a better weekend if I still had some muffins - but I've sworn I'd stay out of the kitchen this weekend!

Swathi Iyer said...

Can I get few I need your tea to go with it, Delicious.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Swathi! Put the kettle on, I'll be right over with a tin of tea and basket of muffins!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I wish I had some raspberries in my refrigerator or freezer as these sure sound good. It's quite a chilly weekend and they would be great with a cup of tea. I love that the sugar is reduced. ♥

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Martha! You'll want to pick up some raspberries for next Thursday's post - my favorite use of raspberries yet!

Julie Syl Kalungi said...

Hey
Thanks for sharing with us at the Bloggers Pits Stop your Sweet delights…… Very Informative. Much appreciated!
Pit Stop Crew

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank *you*, Julie!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Oh my goodness! Maybe it's just because I'm hungry right now, but these look amazing. I almost want to stay up late and make them tonight. But since I don't have raspberries or a lemon in the house, I'll have to wait until tomorrow. I'm scheming how I'm going to fit a trip to the store into my morning. Thanks, Jean!

Bernideen said...

These muffins look really yummy! I would love one right now! Thanks for sharing.

Bev Carter said...

wow, these muffins look amazing. I hope you stop by Thursday Favorite Things on my blog since you have been featured.
Hugs,
Bev

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Oh, Ruth, thank you! I hope you can make them right away, and I hope they are as good as you're imagining! :-)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Bernideen, I'd like to bring over a batch and have tea in your garden with some of your lovely tea things!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Bev, thank you so much! I'll hope right over there now!

Miz Helen said...

Congratulations!
Hope you have enjoyed your new Red Plate and your feature at Full Plate Thursday this week. We pinned your post to our features board and thanks so much for sharing it with us!
Miz Helen

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Miz Helen, thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate that! Hope you'll like my Raspberry Swiss Roll just as much.

Richard Sheppard said...

Made these today and they were yummy! I left off the glaze to keep the sugar down. Also used 1/2 whole wheat flour. They were great! Oh, and I only had olallieberries and blueberries on hand so I used them!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Richard! I love them with any kind of berries. I most often make them with blueberries. It's been far too long since I've had any olallieberries.

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