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Lemon Muffins with a Crumb Topping

Lemon lovers are going to love these quick and easy Lemon Muffins with a Crumb Topping, they are perfect anytime, breakfast or snack. Not too sweet and with just the right amount of Lemon. 

2 muffins stacked with a slice of lemon

So after over 25 years and I seriously am not kidding, we were finally able to grow lemons, we have always had lemon trees, but no lemons. But this year, hello 2020, we have lemons! So what should I make? Well besides Limoncello, and some delicious Italian Lemon Cookies for Christmas, I thought why not some muffins? And here we have a small batch of Lemon Muffins with a simple crumbly Topping.

How to make them

To make the topping mix the flour and sugar in a small bowl cut in the butter to form coarse crumbs, set aside. In a medium bowl beat with a fork, the egg, milk and oil. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

mixing the topping, the egg mixture and the dry ingredients in bowls

Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg mixture, mix just until flour is wet.

stirring the batter until just mixed

Spoon the batter into the prepared medium 6 muffin size pan, ( I made 5 muffins but I like to fill my pan). Top with the crumb topping and bake. Let cool about 10 minutes before removing from pan.

muffins in the pan before baking

What does stir just to combine mean?

It means to mix until the flour is wet but not smooth, therefore there should be some lumps, I like to say to stir about 15-16 times, just make sure that there is no remaining flour at the bottom of the bowl. Over mixing will cause the muffins to be dense, tough and they will not rise properly.

When are muffins done

To check for doneness, insert a clean toothpick into the centre of a muffin, if it comes out clean or even better with a couple of crumbs attached then they are ready.

baked muffins in a pan

What can I substitute in a muffin recipe?

In this recipe instead of all purpose flour you could substitute with pastry/cake flour, using cake flour you will have a softer and lighter muffin. In muffin recipes I sometimes substitute part of the milk with yogurt, you could use 2 tablespoons of milk and 2 tablespoons of yogurt, be sure to substitute 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe. If you prefer butter, then just substitute with melted cooled butter instead, or even coconut oil for vegetable oil.

How to store them

They can be stored in an airtight container and kept for up to 2 days at room temperature. To store them in the fridge place them in an airtight container, place a paper towel on the bottom of the container, the muffins on top and again a paper towel on top of the muffins. This will absorb any moisture. They will last up to 1 week in the fridge. They can also be frozen, place in a freezer safe bag or container. They will keep up to 2 months in the freezer.

More Delicious Muffin Recipes

So if you are on the look out for a new Muffin recipe then why not try these Lemon Muffins with a Crumb Topping! Enjoy.

lemon muffins on a black wire rack with 2 stacked

2 muffins stacked with a slice of lemon

Lemon Muffins with a Crumb Topping

Rosemary Molloy
Lemon lovers are going to love these quick and easy Lemon Muffins with a Crumb Topping, they are perfect anytime, breakfast or snack.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 5 muffins
Calories 265 kcal

Ingredients
  

TOPPING

  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter soft

FOR THE MUFFINS

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (130 grams)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (75 grams)
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon milk (I use 2%) (room temperature) (75 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use corn oil)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (room temperature)

*for room temperature remove from the fridge 30-45 minutes before using.

    Instructions
     

    • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Grease and flour a 6 medium size muffin tin.

    FOR THE TOPPING

    • In a small bowl mix together the flour and sugar add the butter and mix with a fork, pastry cutter or even clean hands to form coarse crumbs, set aside.

    FOR THE MUFFINS

    • In a medium bowl beat with a fork, the egg, milk and oil until well combined.
    • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, zest and sugar. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg mixture and lemon juice, mix just until flour is wet, about 15-16 stirs, no more.
    • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, ( I made 5 muffins but I like to fill my pan). Top with the crumb topping and bake for about 18-25 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes before removing from pan. Enjoy!

    Notes

    We found the lemon taste enough but if you want a stronger taste then add extra zest to the batter. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg
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    22 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      This lemon muffin recipe was the pefect pucker of lemon! I used olive oil ( but ofcourse!) and they were super moist, especially with the extra lemon juice and zest added to the batter! Grazie for sharing ALL of your delicious recipes. Ciao!
      Deborah Toscano,
      Cucina Toscano

    2. 5 stars
      I doubled the recipe and it made 16 regular muffins. I added extra zest and juice to the batter and some zest to the topping. They were delicious!! Thank you, a recipe to keep and make again and again.

    3. Too many excellent recipes. Came for a Gnocchi recipe.. Got lost in the pastry section! Thank you for the wonderful ideas. Can’t wait to try them out. A thought, perhaps, adding a smathering of lemon curd on the Lemon Muffins will be a lil fun change to try.

    4. 5 stars
      This recipe is a favorite of mine and just love the simplicity of this. Do you think this will work for a 5 or 6 inch round cake pan or may be a loaf pan? Thank you, Rosemary.

    5. 5 stars
      the muffin was very nice and super easy to make! the only thing was that the lemon flavor wasn’t coming through. i’m definitely going to try this recipe with either some lemon zest or lemon essence extract! 9/10 🙂

      1. Hi Chandan they can be stored in an airtight container and kept for up to 2 days at room temperature. or you can store them in the fridge, place them in an airtight container, place a paper towel on the bottom of the container, the muffins on top and again a paper towel on top of the muffins. They will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge. Hope that helps.

    6. Made these muffins last night. They had a good taste but were very dry. I don’t think I overbaked them. what did I do wrong?

    7. Oh, Rosemary, these muffins look delicious! Think I could double the recipe ? Five to six in my house would be gone before the oven cooled down! Congratulations on your success with the lemon trees. I hope you are staying safe as this relentless pandemic is rearing its ugly head again.

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