Sometimes, you just want to eat out of season.
There, I said it.
Yes, I know that fruits brought up to us in the winter have a higher carbon footprint, I know that they are also more expensive and I know that they aren’t always the best quality.
But dang it, Edmonton winters are long. We need some tasty fruit treats once in a while that aren’t frozen or canned. It’s amazing how a tasty little muffin with bursts of summer flavor can lift your spirits up!
I don’t usually make lower-fat muffins but my lemon ones are so delicious and light that I knew I was going to use that base recipe. Plus let’s face it; wintertime we all eat like bears and when you throw in the holidays? Yikes.
Now they aren’t exactly the very lowest calorie and lowest fat muffin out there, but I have found that by using a delicious low-fat vanilla yogurt and a mere couple of tablespoons of melted butter you can achieve a pretty tasty muffin! Let’s face it, who wants to eat a sawdust muffin?
The secret to make these beauties is to roll three blackberries in sugar and place them on top.
So if you are starting to have the snow blues, these are definitely something to cheer you.
Happy baking everyone!
- 3/4 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 3 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup of white sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- dash of salt
- 2 tbsp of lemon zest
- 2 pints of blackberries
- extra white sugar for dusting
- extra lemon zest for the top if desired
- Kick the tires and light the fires to 375 degrees.
- Whisk together your dry ingredients.
- Once those are mixed, add in the lemon zest.
- Combine the yogurt, melted butter, lemon juice and egg. I whisked mine together rather rapidly to ensure a complete mix. Add to the dry ingredients and combine.
- Grease the tins or line them with paper muffins cups and fill them 1/3 of the way, then place a blackberry on the batter. Fill the rest of the tin to 2/3 of the way. Roll 3 blackberries on sugar and place on top of the muffin. Sprinkle on extra lemon zest if desired.Repeat for all 12 muffins.
- Bake at 375 for 14-17 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. The lovely brown outside is thanks to the smidgen of butter in the recipe, toasting it up. This makes a perfect, beautiful dozen.