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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snowflake Holiday Muffins

The sugar looks just like fresh snow!
The holidays are here and there are all kinds of ways to spruce up regular treats and make them festive. Fresh baked muffins are amazing, but what if you don't have enough time? You can quickly spruce up even storebought muffins. One of my favorite ways is to turn them into "snowflake" holiday muffins. All you need is a lemon and some sugar!


Ingredients:
  • Muffins (These blueberry muffins work great because they have ridges)
  • 1 lemon **
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Directions:
  1. Put the 1/2 cup sugar into a small bowl and grate the lemon zest into it. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Put the lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar in a very small sauce pan and bring to a low boil for about 5 minutes or until reduced by half.
    
    Sugar syrup has been reduced and the bowl of sugar and lemon zest is ready to go!
  3. If the muffins are fresh baked, wait for them to cool about 5 minutes. (This is the perfect time as they'll absorb some of the syrup when still slightly warm.)
  4. One at a time, hold a muffin upside down and dip into the syrup, then the sugar mixture.
  5. Turn upright and let sit until set, about 20 minutes.
    
    I love how the sugar looks just like fresh fallen snowflakes
** You can switch the "snowflake" flavoring up depending on the type of muffins. Orange works great in place of the lemon. Or, you can skip the citrus all together and put cinnamon in the sugar and use 1/4 cup water in place of the citrus juice for the syrup.

3 comments:

  1. Arthur loves blueberries and I love to bake. :-)

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    1. I am so glad! I hope you like the Blueberry recipe from the link above. They are *so* tender and moist, especially when you do the snowflake thing. :)

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  2. These look delicious!! Just checking out your yummy blog :) nice meeting you again over burgers, hope we can meet up again in the near future! Chad & Kel

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