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Queen's Muffins

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 55 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 18 servings
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Enjoy these flavorful muffins that are ready in 55 minutes.

1
cup granulated sugar
1
cup butter or margarine, softened
3
eggs
1
teaspoon lemon extract
1
teaspoon orange extract
2
cups all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
box (10 oz) dried currants
2
tablespoons powdered sugar

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg at a time until well blended. Add lemon and orange extracts; beat well.
  • 2 Gradually add flour, baking powder and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in currants. Pour batter into muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.
  • 3 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pan; cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg at a time until well blended. Add lemon and orange extracts; beat well.
  • 2 Gradually add flour, baking powder and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in currants. Pour batter into muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.
  • 3 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pan; cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Expert Tips

In Colonial America, it was common for cake to be named after the rank of royalty. The cost of the ingredients for a cake was related to the importance of rank. For example, King's Cake called for expensive fruits, nuts and spices. The next most expensive cake was Queen's Cake, made with fruits, spices and brandy. This version of Queen's cake is a very rich butter muffin filled with currants, cinnamon and citrus flavorings.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Muffin
Calories
260
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
17%
Saturated Fat
7g
34%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
60mg
21%
Sodium
140mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
35g
12%
Dietary Fiber
2g
6%
Protein
3g
3%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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