Raspberry and Lemon Muffins

I’ve started getting a fruit and vegetable box delivered again from Riverford Organic Farm.  I used to have a weekly box from them but then we had lots of building work done on the house and I didn’t have a proper kitchen for about two months it was hideous so we stopped it and never got round to restarting it until now – all part of my new year resolutions to get organised, do more of my food shopping online and to eat more healthily.  I make two sets – January ones like normal people and September ones, like every other school teacher I know!

There were some lovely goodies this week in the box – courgettes, leeks, chard, a savoy cabbage (not so lovely, but my mum will enjoy it!) green beans, grapes and raspberries.   It looks so nice and fresh when it arrives covered in mud and it all tastes fantastic – not full of water like lots of the stuff I used to buy from supermarkets.

The raspberries were gorgeous and I managed not to eat the entire punnet in one sitting but save some for these Raspberry and Lemon muffins!  I’ve adapted this recipe from ‘Cupcakes and Muffins’ by Ann Nichol.

You will need:

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 65g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 175ml milk
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 50g melted butter, cooled
  • 150g fresh raspberries
Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 400°F and line a deep 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases.
Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl.  Add the sugar, milk, beaten egg, lemon zest and juice and melted butter.  Resist the temptation to stir anything until it’s all in there!  I know it’s difficult, but it makes it the easiest recipe in the entire world!  Mix gently with a fork, it doesn’t matter if the mixture is a bit lumpy as long as you sifted the flour in the first place (you didn’t – rookie mistake!)
Now be really gentle and add the raspberries and mix very, very gently, otherwise they’ll turn to mush, which would probably taste good but not look very pretty when they come out of the oven.   Bake for about 20 minutes until firm and a skewer stuck in the middle comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.
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