Sunday, February 22, 2009

Old Fashioned Raspberry Muffins

When I arose this morning, the sky was heavy with leaden clouds, the air was cold damp, and our five cats were acting all crazy, erupting from corners, chairs, and tables, chasing each other. Snow was sure to be imminent.

I've had raspberries in the freezer for a little while and thought it would be a nice treat to make raspberry muffins. I bet I have close to a hundred cookbooks and not one of them had a raspberry muffin recipe in it. Can you believe that? Me neither. I think I need another cookbook!

A quick search, and I found this gem on RecipeZaar. I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed these muffins this morning. Ordinarily I would wait to post, but these were so good I just had to share it with you as soon as I could!

Now the directions say to use the paper cupcake holders, which I did not do; I rarely use them. I have an unattractive trait called arrogance which too often prohibits me from taking good advice. I don't like paper cupcake holders because I think only cooks who are too lazy to do a good job greasing their pans or to take the time necessary to wash the the muffin cups after use them (I also have a thing about lazy people.) Whatever; as I said, arrogance.

If you look closely at the photo, the outside of the cupcakes are a little too brown, I think. In this instance, I believe the paper cupcake holders would've prevented their overbrowning and made for a prettier presentation.

The heating of the milk with the lemon, butter and vanilla and zest is positively inspired. I wish you could've smelled the aroma of the lemon zest as it infused the milk (I didn't have orange). The wonderful, citrusy aroma woke up Sweetie-Pi and brought him downstairs to see what was smelling so exquisitely good.

These muffins are light, full of tart raspberry flavor with a nice balance of lemony goodness. Perhaps rolling the raspberries in a little sugar before adding to the batter would be good, for those who have sweeter taste buds.

This recipe made 18 standard sized muffins for us, filling the muffin cups half full.


  1. Beautiful Katypi!


  2. I like the brown edges but I'm weird that way:o) I think all of your dishes look wonderful! Oh btw, you aren't arrogant. I think I should be in charge of the entire universe, now THAT'S arrogant.....even though I'd be really good at it:o)!

    Sorry I haven't emailed you lately Katypi, but ya know, life gets in the way sometimes.

    Hugs from Cheepchick

  3. Oh, Katypi, you know me and raspberries! Will give these a try since I still have some in the freezer also. Beautiful pic!

  4. Well, now I need to go buy some raspberries--they look delicious.

  5. Ooo good after I eat the Shepherd's Pie you're making tonight, these will make an excellent dessert! heehee

  6. Awwww, geeze, you Ladies. You know I just bask in your compliments. I get such a kick out sharing all this with you.

    Cheepchick, hardly a day goes by when I don't think of you and then immediately smile or chuckle.

    If you try this, I'd be interested in your thoughts. We really enjoy these, and will make them again for sure.

    Alyson, LOL about the shepherd's pie. I had forgotten that we had that in common! C'mon over' dinner's bubbling in the oven. LOL

  7. LOL, oh Katypi, what you must think of me ;-) as I am an avid user of those paper muffin cups. he he.

    The muffins look delish!

  8. HoneyB, I make so many rules for myself that just recently I've been told to step back.

    So, I have to start somewhere, right? Think I'll start with paper cupcake holders LOL.

    I do use them, but only if the cupcakes(or muffins) are going to travel somewhere with me. Other than that, we're pretty much licking our fingers at home. LOL

  9. I'm giggling about your "arrogance" ... and licking my lips at your raspberry muffins! They look Y.U.M.!

    By the way, I LOVE the crispy outside of muffins when they are baked with now paper cups.

  10. I do the same thing, cupcakes and muffins look so much cuter without liners! And then I make Joe clean the pan and he thinks of ways to murder me in my sleep. Worth it.

  11. Made these last night, Katypi, excellent! I did use the liners, rolled the berries in sugar and topped them with the coarse raw sugar. Worthy of making for our next bake sale! Kathye

  12. I just happen to have a carton of fresh raspberries in the fridge. I'm going to try them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  13. Oh , I 'm happy to have found this blog, so I'll try the recipes. Thanks and have a good Sunday.

  14. Tammie, I like the cripsy outside of the muffins, too. The contrast of the cripsy outside, soft cakey inside, melted butter. Oh Yeah!

    Sophie, you made me guffaw! Not a ladytitter, but a real, out-loud, belly jiggling laugh!

    Kathye, I am so happy you like these. They'll be making a revisit to our breakfast table soon as well.

    Terri, if you try them, I hope you let me know what you think. I was very glad to discover your blog(s)!

    Pinky, you are a dear! Thank you so much! I'm glad that you are here.


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