Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lemon Lavender Blueberry Muffins

As soon as this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge was announced, I went on the hunt!  I was originally looking for a recipe similar to one in a cookbook I own, which I'd recently tasted at my aunt's house and couldn't wait to make myself (that recipe will just have to wait for another post I suppose).  However, the minute I discovered this gem, I knew that this was my recipe!  These muffins are a piece of heaven and I can't wait to make another batch!    The lemony flavor from the zest, along with the hint of lavender just screams springtime fresh!  I think these muffins are begging me to make them for an upcoming baby shower! Thanks, Laura for sharing these one your fabulous blog, Dark Red Crema!!

1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons lavender buds (you can buy them at Whole Foods or here)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup yogurt
zest of 3 lemons
2 3/4 cups cake flour (I only had 1 cup cake flour, so the rest I used all purpose)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
heavy pinch salt
1 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 380 degrees.  Lightly grease a muffin tin (or use paper liners).

In a food processor or mini chopper, pulse sugar and lavender buds together until buds are crushed and dispersed throughout the sugar.

In a separate bowl, whisk together lavender infused sugar, oil, egg, and yogurt and lemon zest. Add the dry ingredients. Stir just until dry ingredients are incorporated, and fold in blueberries.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full (using an ice cream scoop works great to ensure each muffin is the same size...and to save on the mess a bit!).

Place muffins in the oven to bake and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for 15-18 minutes for mini muffins and 20 to 25 minutes for larger muffins, rotating pan halfway through.

Remove from heat and turn over and out, to cool completely. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.

Makes 12 huge muffins.
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14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! And I love the addition of the lavendar!

    #65

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  2. I am looking forward to making these. I'm intrigued by the lavender sugar. They sound delicious, and look even better! Great recipe!

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  3. I love lavender...and with the lemon...I bet these muffins were to die for!!
    #20

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  4. Oh, I'm totally loving the idea of the lavender! Will absolutely have to give that a try.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground (CCC #23)

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  5. These look good. I have never had anything with lavender before and am interested to try it!! Stopping by from CCC #41.

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  6. Looks great Kate! I've never used lavender ... sounds like a good idea!

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  7. Love it! I make a similar recipe, but not with lemon. I love adding lavender to my foods too! Thanks so much Kate for sharing with us at Kids in the Kitchen. I will try your recipe next time! :) Have a great week.

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  8. These sound fantastic! Thank you for sharing! Pinning NOW! :D

    (found your blog via 33SOG's Tasty Tuesdays linky. Hope you will find time to visit my blog as well!)
    http://feauxcajun.com

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  9. what a great idea - my new wheat grinder will be here next week - I'll have to give this a whirl ;)

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  10. WOW! The muffins look yummy! I would love for you to link up to my Linky Party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-9.html to share this yummy recipe with my readers.

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  11. I've never made anything with lavender in it. I might have to try these sometime soon!

    Here's my Full Plate Thursday:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2012/04/full-plate-thursday-fudgy-chocolate.html

    Colletta

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  12. These are wonderful muffins! Hope you are having a wonderful Spring day. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  13. This looks delicious! I Would love to have y'all link up to my 2 carnivals today....http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/2012/04/feed-your-soul-5/ (anything food related) and http://everydaymomcakes.com/sugar-me-up-5/ (deserts only). Hope to see you around!

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