2.21.2011

mini meyer lemon muffins, clean laundry, and a winner!

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I don't know how things roll over at your house but over here at Ungourmet-ville if one thing breaks it sets off some sort of chain reaction. It never happens at a convenient time financially either. We just replaced our igniter switch thingy on our gas furnace and now we need a new and mighty spendy bolt of some sort or another for our washer. Ugh! Fortunately, things always manage to work out in the end.

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Since my children are incapable of wearing any item of clothing more than one day and since my husband could be the co-host of Dirty Jobs, I find myself doing laundry nearly every day. Today I did something I haven't done in more than 13 years...I hauled our soiled threads to the LAUNDROMAT. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous to step foot in a laundromat. I wondered just how much things had changed in coin-op laundry since the Nineties. Were coins still used? Was everything computer programmed and touch screen? Would I look like a total dork and have to ask for help from some woman in a house dress and rollers?

I am happy to report that despite our rapidly changing world, time at my local laundromat has apparently stood still. It looked exactly the same as I remembered, complete with those funny baskets with the long metal bars sticking five feet in the air and six month old magazines for everyone's reading enjoyment. I was in and out in less than an hour! Yay! While it wasn't a horrible experience, I will say, I prefer doing laundry in the comfort of my own home. ;)

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As I was waiting for our clothes to wash my mind wandered. I daydreamed of lemon and honey and sour cream... I daydreamed of mini muffins with a citrus glaze. Mmmm. I stopped off at the market on my way home and found some fantastic Meyer Lemons at a great price. I raced home, threw my clean, wet laundry into the dryer and baked up these little cuties. So yum!

Mini Meyer Lemon Muffins with Citrus Glaze
by theUngourmet

makes about 30 mini muffins

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1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp ground golden flax
1 1/2 baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup baker's sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup melted butter, cooled to room temperature
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup light sour cream
juice from 1 Meyer lemon
1 tbsp grated Meyer lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350. Line mini muffin pan with liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, flax, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar. In another medium bowl lightly whisk the egg. Add the vanilla, butter, honey, sour cream, lemon juice, grated zest.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Fill liners 3/4 full and bake for about 14 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for five minutes on a rack and then dip tops of muffins into citrus glaze. Allow to cool completely on rack.

Citrus Glaze
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 tbsp honey
juice from 1 Meyer lemon
1 tsp grated Meyer lemon zest

Combine all ingredients and dip top of each warm muffin into glaze.

These are really nice. They aren't overly sweet and sort of remind me of a scone. Perfect breakfast along side coffee or tea.

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I also am thrilled to announce the winner of the ChicoBag Giveway. Nanny is lucky number 19!

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Nanny and I found eachother's blogs a long time ago and I'm so happy her number came up. Please hop over and take a look around Nanny's fun blog, The Good Life. You'll love it!





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23 comments:

Monet said...

I'm sorry about the appliance failures...but it sounds like a visit to the laundromat inspired some delicious little treats! Thank you for sharing your words and this recipe. And thank you for your kind thoughts on my own blog. I appreciate you!

Hazel said...

For some reason I actually enjoy doing my laundry! I rarely eat lemon in baked goods but your post has given me a craving!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Agh. Sorry about the washer. I had to get a new one a couple months ago and I was down to not many clean clothes and wearing some pretty interesting outfits by the time I got it. :)
These muffins look so fantastic with the glaze! I ate a delicious lemon cookie at Izzy's the other day so citrus has been on my brain. (I'm about to go make some candied orange peel actually)

Congratulations to Nanny!

peachkins said...

beautiful muffins and conrats to the winner!

Angie's Recipes said...

Congratulations to Nanny!
Those lemon muffins look adorable. You deserve a few more of them since you have been working so hard!

Joanne said...

I guess they do say, when it rains it pours... Hope everything gets fixed soon!

These meyer lemon muffins look so delightful!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Yay! For Nanny! She is one of my favorite blog buddies!!

I know just what you mean about it seeming like when one item fails... there goes another... at the most inconvenient times! I chuckled at your story about the laundromat. I went a couple of years ago with my son, who had a TRUCKLOAD of laundry. I was pleasantly surprised at my experience there, too! LOL!

Hope nothing eles breaks down!

bellini valli said...

Doing laundry at the laundromat makes us appreciate home more, where instead of dreaming of meyer lemons we could be in the kitchen making it happen while our washing machine does its magic.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Eeek about the washer. I'm not a huge fan of the laundromat but I do like that I can throw everything in all at once. It's nice having 5 washing machines for just me...haha.

Now these muffins. They would totally make me feel better after spending the whole day doing laundry.

Chef E said...

This must be the season, I am seeing so many citrus baked goods. I even made a cake last night with some key limes and a meyer lemon.

Sorry about the laundromat, but when I visit my son at college we have to go sit, and next door is the wonderful chicken place, the smell knocks us off our feet...like the south!

Chef E said...

This must be the season, I am seeing so many citrus baked goods. I even made a cake last night with some key limes and a meyer lemon.

Sorry about the laundromat, but when I visit my son at college we have to go sit, and next door is the wonderful chicken place, the smell knocks us off our feet...like the south!

nanny said...

Well if this isn't my lucky day!!!!I am visiting my daughter in Dallas, just got a minute to sit down and catch up with my friends and WOW....A Bag!!! I'll e-mail you ......
I love anything Lemon!!!

scrambledhenfruit said...

So sorry things are breaking around your house- it seems that when it rains it pours. At least it wasn't your oven! Then you wouldn't have been able to make these delicious little treats!

Kristin said...

Ugh. What a bummer. Our washer broke not too long ago. No bueno!

Claudia said...

Congrats to Nanny! Love those citrusy-lemony muffins - so bright! And I can spoon-feed myself citrus glaze. I am always amazed at how dependent we have become on our appliances. They seem to have their own agenda.

teresa said...

ooooh, i could pop about ten of these babies. lemon is just delicious in baked goods!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love muffins. I'm so sorry everything is breaking!

5 Star Foodie said...

So sorry about the washer :( The muffins look scrumptious, love the glaze on top!

Magic of Spice said...

I have not been to a laundromat is so long...your muffins look quite tempting :)

Magic of Spice said...

I have not been to a laundromat is so long...your muffins look quite tempting :)

pigpigscorner said...

Sorry to hear about your washer =( How I wish mine would fail sometimes so I don't have to do laundry =P lazy me.

The muffins look amazing! A yummy treat after all the hard work!

Reeni said...

These little lemon packed muffins are so cute! I love the flavors! Hope you got your washer fixed!

Faith said...

These muffins look truly spectacular, Kim! I love the bright, fresh flavor of lemon!

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