I think it’s fairly well established that I am a muffin lover.
So instead of rehashing that, can we talk about painting prep? I know, it’s a random subject, but with summer around the corner I have already had to deal with several interesting conversations in my job at a paint store. Take yesterday, for instance. A lovely lady came in and we had a nice conversation about her beautiful tiered deck, chose a perfect colour, and proceeded to talk about product application.
Me: So, you’ll want to clean the deck, give it a light sand, clean off any sanding dust, and then stain it. Since it’s quite high off the ground it shouldn’t be a problem to stain the bottom too.
Customer: Oh, we’ll do all the cleaning and sanding but I’m not putting anything on the bottom.
Me: Has it been coated before?
Customer: No, it’s brand new. But that’s too much work.
Me: Honestly, it won’t take much longer, and if you don’t seal the bottom the moisture will get in and just come up through the bottom of the boards and eventually affect the top coating when that moisture tries to get out.
Customer: Oh no, don’t worry, that won’t be a problem. I’m not doing that.
Me: Um, are you a certified stain expert? Do you know anything about wood? About our damp climate where it rains all the time? Aren’t you at all concerned about wrecking this gorgeous, humongous cedar deck? Do you want to be starting all over in a year? Where did your reasonable, lovely self from 5 minutes ago go?
Ok, I didn’t say that, I calmly reiterated my points but let her go knowing it probably fell on deaf ears, and I definitely made a note in the computer: Customer advised re: staining all sides of deck. Not interested. Do not replace product when it all peels off in 6 months-1 year.
It’s funny how touchy people get when you talk to them about prep. Now, I’ll be the first to admit I hate prep work, whether it’s sanding an interior wall, priming a piece of furniture, or scraping the peeling paint off exterior wood trim, which will have to be done at my house this summer. But if you aren’t going to do the work well, you can expect to be doing it again shortly. This much I learned from my Dad and now try to pass on almost daily, almost always unsuccessfully. We are all about weekend projects and short-term gratification, and I get that. I sometimes feel like I shouldn’t even bother trying for more.
But then I couldn’t write such nice disclaimer notes in the computer :). People, if you don’t listen, we’ll remember.
Thank you for letting me get that off my chest :)
There are few flavour combinations that say “spring” to me like lemon and raspberry. These muffins are my husband’s favorite, and I can’t believe I haven’t shared them with you yet! This is basically an adjusted version of my go-to Best Berry Muffins, adapted for my lemon-lovin’ hubby. The recipe makes 24 muffins, and you could certainly halve it, but I love making more while I’m making a mess anyway, and they freeze great. Just reheat them for 30 seconds in the microwave when you want a fresh, warm muffin! The drizzle of glaze on top makes them even more special, and for the miniscule amount of sugar and calories it adds it is totally worth the feeling of cupcakes for breakfast, despite the fact that you are actually eating fruit and whole wheat flour!
I’ve discovered that all my favorite muffin recipes are the ones that bake at 400 degrees. I recently learned that’s because the higher temperature is what makes the top rise and dome nicely, and get that crisp muffin top while staying moist and soft inside. I’m adjusting all my muffin recipes to cook at this temperature, which usually just means shaving a couple minutes off the baking time, and the results are perfect every time.
- 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- Juice of half a lemon
- Zest of one lemon (about 2 packed tsp)
- 2½ cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups sugar
- 8 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (if frozen, do not thaw first)
- 1 cup confectioner's (icing) sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners or spray lightly with baking spray.
- In medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, milk, vanilla, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
- In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Make a well in centre of dry ingredients, pour in wet ingredients, and mix just until combined.
- Gently fold in berries.
- Divide batter over 24 muffins. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until light brown and tester comes out clean.
- Let cool on rack before adding glaze.
- For glaze, mix icing sugar and lemon juice to reach desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled muffins with a spoon.
Can i replace almond flour with this?
I’m not sure, I don’t use almond flour very often, sorry!
I love the lemon and berry flavor combination. These sound delicious!!
Kim Bee says
Is it weird that I am wondering if you glazed the bottom of the muffins? My mind just went there after the stain story. Lol. I love how people get so weird about someone suggesting the right way to do something. Why spend all that money on cedar if you aren’t going to take the time to finish it properly. Great muffins. I love the combination of lemon with raspberry.
O yumm! I wish I had one of these muffins for breakfast right now! I’ve been craving muffins this week, they’re next on my list! Love the lemon raspberry combo too, delicious recipe!! Maybe one of these muffins could’ve swayed that lady to prep her porch bottom :)
Marina@Picnic at Marina says
Lovely muffins! I am just learning how to bake (sweets), and this recipe is doable even for me. Thank you!
THese look so yummy and I love that you used whole wheat flour! Lemon and raspberry is such a great combination!
Kathleen Richardson says
I always make muffins with a white/whole wheat mix, unlike the 70s when I discovered whole wheat and went straight to subbing it for white. Boy, was I surprised at what I could destroy simply by throwing one whole wheat roll at it!
Documenting such conversations is always the smart thing to do. But, then, you always are such a clever lady!
Yup, I definitely went the full substitution route with the flour at first – 50/50 is definitely the way to go!
Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says
Hello again! I wanted to let you know I gave you the Versatile Blogger Award, it’s on my blog today!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says
I hate prep work but I know to get the job done correctly it’s best to do it right the first time. I guess some people just want to make more work for themselves down the road. These muffins look amazing and I especially love this combination of lemon and raspberry. I was on a muffin kick for some time but haven’t made any in a while. You have inspired me to whip up a batch and I just so happen to have some lemons that are needing to be used. Great recipe and I look forward baking these at a higher temp. I like that suggestion. :)
The difference the higher temp makes is amazing! I hate soft tops on my muffins and this solved it :)
oh how i wish i had a lemon in the house right now…. i shall pick one up post haste, and add these to my list of baking to stock the freezer with before babe appears.
Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says
Oh boy! Your muffins look to die for!!! I wish I could eat a few right now!! Wonderful recipe!!
Great post, Anna! I am so anti-prep but thankfully, Reuben is pro-prep. I just make him do the sanding and then we’re both happy. Love the tip regarding oven temperature.
PS I love the picture of the muffin and raspberries on the green plate…very pretty!
The nice lady at my paint store told me to put 2 coats of primer on my kitchen cupboards before painting them, to which I smiled and nodded (my go to reaction when stunned into silence or overwhelmed with the enormity of the task at hand), and then I came home and was told by your father that it was unnecessary to do 2 coats. So far so good without the 2 coats and she wasn’t able to write any disclaimers on my file because I hadn’t argued. :) And you made my muffins healthier…you’re no fun at all! ;)