Jumbo Blueberry Zucchini Muffins with Lemon Drizzle

Jumbo Blueberry Zucchini Muffins | hungrygirlporvida.com

I know, I know…the internet doesn’t really need another recipe for that bumper crop of zucchini, but these guys are totally delish AND they make exactly 6 jumbo muffins. If you’re anything like me and maybe you buy that jumbo muffin tin on sale and then don’t use it for 2+ years, these dudes are for you. The thing with non-standard pan sizes is that sometimes you get a wonky number of muffins or you get one that’s a little runty or have to bust out another pan to use up the rest of the batter. These kinds of things are really NBD, but isn’t it just so satisfying when you have exactly enough batter for your tin?! I get really excited about this stuff, guys. I have a super exciting life, I know.

Jumbo Blueberry Zucchini Muffins | hungrygirlporvida.com

Nerd-alert aside, these muffins uses up some of that enormous femur-sized zucchini your neighbor maybe gifted you and adds some juicy pops of blueberry, plus a zippy lemon drizzle that puts these guys over the top and keeps you sneaking yet another crumb until you realize you’ve eaten 2 of these jumbo bebes but, you feel okay about it because there’s a vegetable in there.

^Whoa, run-on ._.

Jumbo Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
 
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These are a combination of 2 favorites in a single muffin-zucchini & blueberry-plus a tart, lemony drizzle for good measure.
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) melted, unsalted butter cooled to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • zest of 1 lemon, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6-8 tablespoons confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Butter and flour the wells of a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla until combined well. Stir in the zucchini and half of the lemon zest.
  4. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the tablespoon of flour to coat.
  5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and fold until just combined. Fold in the blueberries. Divide the batter among the 6 muffin cups. Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes or until the tops spring back to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  6. Remove the muffins from the oven and cool on a baking rack until completely cooled before turning out.
  7. While the muffins cool, make the glaze. In a bowl, whisk the lemon juice, remaining zest, and confectioners sugar together until smooth. Add more juice to thin or confectioners sugar to thicken, as desired. Drizzle liberally over the cooled muffins.

 

Baked Coffee, Coconut, and Cream Cheese Donuts


Guys, Happy National Donut/Doughnut Day! I’m sneaking in an extra post this week to celebrate because, donuts…obvs.

I made us Coffee, Coconut, & Cream Cheese Donuts! I realize that’s a mouthful–figuratively and literally, but they’re really so good. Last weekend when I picked up a mega-spread of donuts for Megan and I to try, I chose a coffee, coconut cheesecake number at the last minute and I am so glad I did! I can’t believe I almost just glazed on over it and let it sit there in the case waiting for someone else to eat it. It inspired me to make them at home…so I could have another. I mean, there are a lot of things happening in this donut, but they somehow don’t compete at all. The springy donut cake is flavored with just enough espresso to make it taste like coffee without any bitterness, there’s just a little more espresso in the frosting which compliments the smooth tang of the cream cheese so well, and the toasty coconut gives it a buttery, nutty aspect that brings everything together. It’s like coffee AND donuts in one bite…plus, cream cheese frosting.

These aren’t true-blue, fried-and-delicious donuts. I have a hard time making them at home because of two things: patience and vats of hot oil. Baked donuts, while not exactly the same thing as their fried brethren, are easy and still knock out that sweet tooth. Plus, they’re quick. If you have your shit together, you could have these in less than 30 minutes. #donutemoji

 

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Coffee, Coconut, & Cream Cheese Donuts

About 1 dozen baked donuts, or 6 baked donuts and 18 (ish) minis.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

a few gratings of fresh nutmeg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

1 egg

2/3 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup brown sugar

for the icing:

4 ounces softened cream cheese

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1-2 teaspoons milk

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

toasted coconut for topping

Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a donut pan with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk, espresso powder, egg, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and fold to combine. Either spoon or pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling nearly to the top of each well, and bake the donuts in the center of the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the tops of the donuts have risen, are dry, and spring back to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool about 5 minutes before turning out onto a rack. Repeat with the remaining batter.

While the donuts bake and cool, make the icing by stirring together all of the ingredients until well combined. If the icing seems too loose, add more confectioner’s sugar a few tablespoons at a time. If it is too stiff, add a bit more milk. Ice the donuts once they are cooled and top with coconut.

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Recently at Betty’s and Other News

Hi, Peeps! (Because, Easter, right? Sorry.)

I have a few recipes over at Betty Crocker that I wanna share with you, PLUS I was recently on a podcast, so there’s that situation to cringe about.

Pickle Pepper Pork Melts

First, these Slow Cooker Pickled Pepper & Pork Melts (say that 3x fast). They are super easy, so flavorful (pickled pepper juice is the secret) and totally, indulgently, satisfying.

Easy Ham Glazes

Second, 10 (TEN!) dead-easy Ham Glazes just in time for Easter. All 10 are 4 ingredients or less and will add some flavorful pop to your Easter table. My favorites are the Peach Jalapeño, Honey-Sriracha, and Maple, Mustard, & Rosemary.The first 5 recipes are from another blogger, the second 5 are by me, and I took all the photos. So, needless to say it was glaze-city up in here but, bonus! they all work well to glaze other things: salmon, shrimp, chicken, chops, and WINGS.

And, for the podcast. I was invited by the super kind host, Gabriel, of The Dinner Special Podcast to be a guest a bit ago (Casper was only about 6 months old, then!) and it’s live today.  It’s such a good podcast, there have been amazing guests and I love listening to it. So many awesome bloggers and food people with amazing tips and insight, I really feel honored to have been invited on the show. That said, I’m a total weirdo and have no idea what I am saying in it. I talk about being a new mom and how getting dinner on the table is different now and some things I employ to get ahead. I also ramble on about other random things, it’s like half word-vomit and half mom-talk. You guys, I was SO NERVOUS!