The Country Kitchen: Burst of Lemon Muffins

S.G. of Pilot Hill, who sent us this recipe, says, “When I visited my sister in Florida, she baked a batch of these incredible muffins. They have a rich cake-like texture with sweet coconut and a lemon zing. I came home with the recipe!”

Burst of Lemon Muffins

Ingredients

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup lemon or vanilla yogurt
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 to 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
TOPPING:
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2. In a small bowl, beat the yogurt, egg, melted butter, lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the coconut.
3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
4.Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the lemon juice and sugar; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir in coconut. Using a toothpick, poke 6 to 8 holes in each muffin. Spoon the coconut mixture over muffins. Serve warm or cool them to room temperature.

Questions for the cook

T.D. of Greenwood asks:

Q: When my late mother was young, she often mentioned her family had always been fond of hominy, but she never made it for us. I’d like to know more about it.

A: Hominy is made from dried white or yellow corn. It is one of the first food gifts the American Indians gave to the colonists. When ground, it’s more often called “grits.” Hominy grits are generally simmered with water or milk until very thick. It resembles Cream of Wheat cereal, but it is thicker. The mixture can be served in this mush-like form or chilled, cut into squares and fried.

In the South grits are served as a side dish for breakfast or dinner. Not all cookbooks include grits recipes but you can find recipes online for information on different ways to serve it.

A helpful hint

To entice your children to eat their carrots, try this: Add a finely chopped apple or pear and a bit of brown sugar. Kids usually like these.