Sunday, October 23, 2011

Citrus Coconut Muffins

After missing the Monday Muffin roundup two weeks in a row, I'm excited to be back baking (as is the family), and these muffins were a delightful way to get back in the fray.  Sweet and full of zest, these muffins are what I think of when I hear: 'Good Muffin'!

When it comes to coconut in a recipe, I'm neither a lover nor a hater; however, toasted coconut is another story. Just like an airbrush can turn an average girl into a super model, a little toasting can turn coconut into a delicious candy like treat.

The recipe does not call for coconut in the muffins, but I would add a little in the batter next time. I think it would pair well with the citrus zest. Actually, a few chopped walnuts would be pretty tasty, too :)  I was a little concerned that sprinkling the coconut on top after filling the muffin cups and then baking for 25 minutes would burn the coconut, and I was right. I've toasted coconut enough to know that 25 minutes without 'stiring' is going make burnt coconut, not toasted.  In anticipation of this conundrum, I toasted some coconut separately, and sprinkled it on top when the muffins came out of the oven ;)

Bursting with flavor, these muffins give the added benefit of making your home smell wonderful as you zest your lemons and oranges!

Be sure to visit Baker Street and see how all the great bakers put their unique twist on these Citrus Coconut Muffins.

Citrus Coconut Muffins:


21/2 cups self rising flour
1 cup granulated sugar
90 grams butter
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded coconut


Preheat the oven to 390F

In a measuring jar or medium bowl, combine the orange zest, lemon zest, egg and milk. Set aside
In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar, rub in the butter.
Add the milk mixture to the flour and gently mix until its just combined.
Spoon into a prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with shredded coconut.
Bake for 25 mins in a preheated oven
Let it cool on the wire rack for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm.

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  1. Love these ingredients, it's like a healthy muffin!! ;)

  2. The texture of your muffins is perfect! So glad that you're back and baking with us!


  3. Omg, your toasted coconut looks like a serious treat! This recipe is really tempting, and making me miss summer. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Woo hoo! Look who's back!

    Love those mounds of coconut! Drool! And missed your hilarious analogies ;) Good call on keeping the coconut off until the end. I did add coconut to my batter and they turned out nicely.

  5. I had thought of using toasted coconut, too, but I was also concerned about it burning. Don't know why I didn't think of adding it later like you did. Regardless, they look great! Welcome back!

  6. could you send some of that sunshine I can see in your photos?:) Good to have you back, though I had to sit this one out but will we back next week. I heard chocolate!

  7. Looks like a great muffin, Alan. I love the muffin Monday posts. Hope you are well!

  8. Getting in firefox just to leave you some blog love: Love this orange coconut combination. Coconut is a childhood staple growing up & to this day am crazed about it. Love the toasted coconut strands on top and that you added a tad in the batter itself.

  9. toasted coconut nut is definitely far superior to regular coconut flakes! i loved these muffins and i did add coconut to the batter to intensify that coconut goodness! happy muffin monday!

  10. Good to have you back! It was An's tease hint about holiday muffins and chocolate that got you back...wasn't it?! Love the idea of toasted coconut as a topper. Happy Muffin Monday :)

  11. Two of my faves...coconut and lemon!! Yummmm!

  12. Yummy Muffins! You made them look so delish! I miss being on MM. Will be back soon! Thanks for sharing these!


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