I’ve been going crazy with zests and fresh citrus in my cooking lately. It’s just imparts such vibrant flavor. Whatever it is that you are making becomes more alive with the simple addition of little scrapes of peels.
Really, it’s hard to believe that I was so resistant to using zest until recently. And why? Honestly, I shied away from it because it just seemed like such a tedious thing to do … since I had never tried it. But as it turns out, zesting a lime or a lemon takes but seconds and pays off major taste dividends.
These muffins are heavy on the lime taste and lighter on the coconut, but the coconut still adds a nice richness to the flavor. Make these the night before and heat one up in the morning for a quick, fresh breakfast on the go — and don’t forget to split them in half and slather on the butter. Or eat them at room temperature with a steamy cup of coffee.
Lime and Coconut Muffins
yields 12 muffins
This recipe is based on the basic muffin recipe from the Joy of Cooking. It’s been adapted for these not-so-traditional flavors. Be sure to clean the exterior of the lime before zesting, and use sweetened coconut.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sweetened coconut
2 large eggs
1 cup nonfat milk
2/3 granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
zest of 1 lime
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and coconut in a large bowl, using a whisk to blend together.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, canola oil, lime zest and vanilla. Pour into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.
Cook in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.