Lemon-Raspberry Muffins - Gluten Free or Regular

"The secret to the sparkling flavor of these delicately crumbed muffins is the strips of lemon zest finely ground into the sugar. Enjoy the muffins warm right from the oven. This is my gluten-free version of the original recipe, from EatingWell magazine, July/August 2007."
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12 muffins




  • Preheat oven to 400°F Coat 12 large (1/2-cup) muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  • Use a vegetable peeler or zester to remove the zest from the lemon in long strips. Combine the zest and sugar in a food processor; pulse until the zest is very finely chopped into the sugar. Add buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla and pulse until blended.
  • Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flours), baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk mixture and fold until almost blended. Gently fold in raspberries. Divide the batter among the muffin cups.
  • Bake the muffins until the edges and tops are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm.
  • Tips & Notes:

  • MAKE AHEAD TIP: Wrap each in plastic and freeze in a freezer bag for up to 1 month. To reheat, remove plastic, wrap muffin in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • TIP: No buttermilk? Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice into 1 cup milk.
  • SHOPPING TIP: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole wheat. Whole-wheat pastry flour can be used as a substitute here. Both can be found in the natural-foods section of the supermarket or online from King Arthur Flour, bakerscatalogue.com.
  • SHOPPING TIP: Blanched almond flour can be found at www.nutsonline.com.

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  1. Maito
    Even though the lemon is very subtle in these, they are really good. Almond extract would be a great addition. I made the gluten free version and used fresh raspberries (a 6 ounce package was 1.5 cups). I am not sure if it is just the gluten free version of this recipe, but they didn't puff up (or didn't stay puffed up), they were flat on top/slightly sunken - I don't think it affected the texture though.



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