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HEALTHY

ROMANO CHICKEN WITH LEMON GARLIC PASTA

Romano Chicken with Lemon Garlic Pasta – crispy parmesan panko breaded chicken with pasta in fresh lemon garlic cream sauce! Tasty meal in 30 minutes time!

When I made my own Homemade Panko Bread Crumbs, I naturally had to use them in some nice recipe. Breaded chicken is the first thing that comes to mind, so I made Romano Chicken with Lemon Garlic Pasta.

Chicken cutlets are dipped in parmesan cheese, egg and panko breadcrumbs. Then they are fried (or baked, to reduce fat content) until golden. They are served over pasta tossed with lemon butter garlic sauce. It is all simple to make and doesn’t take much time.

The sauce can be more or less tangy, depending on your taste. Less lemon juice and more cream make it mild while more lemon juice and less cream make it robust.

Romano Chicken with Lemon Garlic Pasta is certainly not “light food”, but it is a great dish for when you need to feel full and satisfied.

ROMANO CHICKEN WITH LEMON GARLIC PASTA
ROMANO CHICKEN WITH LEMON GARLIC PASTA

Ingredients
ROMANO CHICKEN:

  • 1/2 lb chicken breasts butterflied or thinly cut into cutlets
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • dry parsley
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs homemade or store-bought
  • oil for frying s I used combination of olive oil and sunflower oil

LEMON GARLIC PASTA:

  • 1/2 lb linguine or spaghetti or other pasta
  • juice from 1 lemon or to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • zest from 1/4 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp butter cold
  • 2-3 Tbsp whipping cream or to taste
  • salt pepper

Instructions
ROMANO CHICKEN:

  1. Place parmesan cheese in a shallow dish. In another dish, put beaten egg with dry parsley; in third dish put panko bread crumbs.
  2. Season chicken cutlets with salt and pepper; dredge with parmesan cheese, dip into beaten egg; press the chicken in panko bread crumbs to coat on both sides; shake off the excess.

You can find complete recipes of this Romano Chicken with Lemon Garlic Pasta in kitchennostalgia.com

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AVOCADO

Avocado Egg Salad Recipe

Avocado adds a twist to classic egg salad. Easy avocado egg salad recipe with celery, fresh herbs and lemon juice. Jump to the Avocado Egg Salad Recipe now or read on to see how we make it.

We love egg salad. In fact, we’ve shared our go-to egg salad recipe before. We really don’t like to add too many ingredients to it — a little mayo, some celery and fresh herbs are all we need.

That is until we stumbled across the idea of adding avocado to it. The thought of combining two of our favorite ingredients into one creamy and easy egg salad made us giddy.

This recipe is so simple!

Simply mash avocado with a tiny bit of mayonnaise then stir in chopped eggs, celery, lemon juice and herbs.

Looking for a mayo-free version, try swapping it out for nonfat or low-fat yogurt or just stick to avocado and leave the mayonnaise out completely.

When you stir everything together, try to keep things a little chunky. Then, season with salt and pepper and enjoy as you would any egg salad.

We like to make open-faced sandwiches, but spooning this on top of a big salad would be delicious.

Avocado Egg Salad Recipe
Avocado Egg Salad Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, or Greek yogurt (try homemade mayonnaise)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium-length celery stalk, finely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives, parsley or dill
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Mash avocado, mayonnaise and lemon juice together in a medium bowl. Stir in the eggs, celery and chives. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

You can find complete recipes of this Easy Avocado Egg Salad Recipe in inspiredtaste.net

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HEALTHY

HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

Lemon and honey are so good together.

The dish is bright, tangy-and-sweet, and feels perfect for warmer weather.

It’s a fast, easy recipe that the whole family will love and it’s ready in less than 20 minutes.

I used angel hair pasta because it cooks so quickly and the chicken is cut into bite-sized pieces so it also cooks fast.

After cooking the pasta, it’s transferred into the skillet the chicken cooks in, and everything is tossed together in the honey lemon sauce the chicken simmers in.

The sauce helps keep the chicken perfectly moist and tender. It’s tart yet sweet enough and coats the pasta perfectly.

I love the pronounced lemon flavor that’s achieved from both lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning.

If you’re a lemon lover or a fan of easy dinners that taste like a million bucks but that are really so simple, you’ll love this healthy recipe for those busy nights.

HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA
HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

INGREDIENTS:

Pasta

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions (half of a 1-pound box)

Chicken

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning blend for sauce + more for sprinkling over chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • leaves from 2 or 3 sprigs of thyme, optional and to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pasta – Cook according to directions on box, drain, and set aside.
  2. Chicken – To a medium bowl or large measuring cup, add the honey, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning, salt, pepper, optional thyme, and stir to combine; set sauce aside.
  3. To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, add chicken, generously sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning, and cook chicken over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. Chicken should be about 90% cooked through.

You can find complete recipes of this HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA in averiecooks.com

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DESSERT

Key Lime Pie Dip

This cool, creamy no-bake Key Lime Pie Dip with bite sized pieces of key lime pie stirred right in was created as part of a compensated partnership with Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are 100% my own.

Oh it’s that time! Bring on the beach days and Spring picnics, family get togethers and potlucks! We are shaking off winter here in Florida … flowers are starting to bloom, the humidity is creeping back and that means more time spent outdoors. And that means more time together with friends and family. This weekend, we are heading to a big (no really, at least 30 of us!) ol’ family Easter egg hunt and lunch and I know exactly what my contribution to our shared meal will be …

Now, you know that this is not my first dessert dip rodeo. I have oodles of them shared here … Strawberry Marshmallow, Piña Colada, Loaded Carrot Cake and even Banana Cream Pie! But this Key Lime Pie Dip? Is a citrus-y super star!!
Based on the name, there is no surprise that there has got to be a pie in there somewhere, right? I picked up an EDWARDS® Key Lime Pie at Walmart – look at that creamy filling, fluffy whipped cream and cookie crust! These are perfect to keep on hand for any celebration or a just-because dessert!

Key Lime Pie Dip
Key Lime Pie Dip

Ingredients

  • One EDWARDS® Key Lime Pie
  • One small box of instant lemon pudding mix
  • One cup of cold milk
  • 8 oz.of thawed whipped topping
  • Your choice of dippers: graham crackers, shortbread cookies or pretzels
  • Lime (optional for zest and garnish)

Instructions

  1. Remove pie from freezer and allow to thaw about 10 minutes.
  2. While the pie is thawing, mix up the base for the dip.
  3. Whisk together milk and pudding mix.
  4. Allow pudding mixture to set for a minute or so.
  5. Fold in thawed whipped topping – mix just until pudding mixture and whipped topping are combined.

You can find complete recipes of this Key Lime Pie Dip in shakentogetherlife.com

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HEALTHY

Maine Lobster Stew

It was the summer of 1992 and I had just graduated high school when my best friend asked me to go to Maine with her. She wanted to visit a guy she liked who had recently moved. I wasn’t all that excited about it, to be honest. I knew we would have a great time together, but I was really only going along so she could see her crush. As it turns out, my dad had a business trip planned to Boston for later in the summer, so we all went there for a few days of sight-seeing and Red Sox baseball before my friend and I took the short bus trip up to Portland, Maine.

When we got there we met up with her friend who took us to his fraternity house where we would be staying for a few days. It was summer so most of the guys weren’t there, and that’s probably why my parents let me go!! It was pretty quiet so my friend and I were just sitting out front when all of the sudden this little red car came screaming down the street and into the driveway – windows down, music blaring, and a cute guy driving. I soon found out that his name was Jon and he had a strong Maine accent and used words like “wicked” and “pissah.” I was immediately smitten. And get this – not even 24 hours later I told my friend that this guy was the guy I was going to marry.

Fast forward almost 24 years and here we are… married almost 13 years with this adorable little five and a half year old who has so much energy, personality, will try anything, and has no fear. And as for my husband, he still has that awesome Maine accent.

So it should come as no surprise that my husband loves lobster. I love hearing his stories of having lobster races with his brother when they were kids before his mom would drop the lobsters into a pot of boiling water. Lobster was a part of life, not a luxury purchase, so to this day, he can’t believe how expensive lobsters can get down here in PA. He was so used to getting cheap, fresh lobster whenever he wanted.

Several times when my father-in-law would come for a visit, he would bring us cooked lobster meat packed in dry ice. We made things like lobster rolls, lobster omelets and pasta with lobster. But for years my husband talked about his desire to make lobster stew. One night we were talking about our Christmas dinner menu ideas and he immediately said he wanted to make lobster stew.

I quickly learned that lobster stew doesn’t have any meat or veggies – it is simply lobster meat in a warm cream base. But the way the stew base is created is what makes it so special. The word “stew” in lobster stew is more like a verb than a noun.

For weeks he researched recipes, analyzed them, pointed out what he liked and didn’t like, until he found the most authentic recipe that reminded him of the lobster stew he used to eat in Maine. Then came the search for the perfect Maine lobsters. He visited a few seafood stores before deciding on one and placing his order.

Maine Lobster Stew
Maine Lobster Stew

Ingredients

  • 5 each 1.5lb Maine lobsters
  • As needed, salt
  • 12 Tbsp butter (separated, 8 Tbsp and 4 Tbsp)
  • 1 cup medium or dry sherry
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1-2 pinches paprika
  • To taste, salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs parsley, leaves only, cut into strips

Directions, Day 1

  1. Bring a very large pot of salted water to a boil
  2. Plunge the lobsters into the boiling water and boil until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice-water to prevent them from cooking any longer, keeping them submerged until completely cool.
  3. Drain the lobsters and separate the tails from the bodies, setting the bodies aside. Crack the shells and remove all of the meat from the tails and claws (keep the ripper claw meat whole for beautiful presentation!!). Chop the meat into large chunks (again, except that ripper claw); cover and store in the fridge until day 2.
  4. Melt 8 Tbsp butter in a large heavy bottomed pot (he used our Dutch Oven) over medium-high heat. Add the lobster bodies and tail shells and cook, stirring often, until the shells turn a deep red, 5-8 minutes.
  5. Add sherry and boil for 2 minutes, and then add the milk and cream and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, until milk and cream reduce by one-quarter and thickens slightly, 20-25 minutes. Add cayenne, paprika, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove pot from the heat and set aside to cool. Once cool, cover and refrigerate overnight.

You can find complete recipes of this Maine Lobster Stew in maryellenscookingcreations.com

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HEALTHY

HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

Lemon and honey are so good together.

The dish is bright, tangy-and-sweet, and feels perfect for warmer weather.

It’s a fast, easy recipe that the whole family will love and it’s ready in less than 20 minutes.

I used angel hair pasta because it cooks so quickly and the chicken is cut into bite-sized pieces so it also cooks fast.

After cooking the pasta, it’s transferred into the skillet the chicken cooks in, and everything is tossed together in the honey lemon sauce the chicken simmers in.

The sauce helps keep the chicken perfectly moist and tender. It’s tart yet sweet enough and coats the pasta perfectly.

I love the pronounced lemon flavor that’s achieved from both lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning.

If you’re a lemon lover or a fan of easy dinners that taste like a million bucks but that are really so simple, you’ll love this healthy recipe for those busy nights.

HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA
HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

INGREDIENTS:

Pasta

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions (half of a 1-pound box)

Chicken

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning blend for sauce + more for sprinkling over chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • leaves from 2 or 3 sprigs of thyme, optional and to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pasta – Cook according to directions on box, drain, and set aside.
  2. Chicken – To a medium bowl or large measuring cup, add the honey, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning, salt, pepper, optional thyme, and stir to combine; set sauce aside.
  3. To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, add chicken, generously sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning, and cook chicken over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. Chicken should be about 90% cooked through.

You can find complete recipes of this HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA in averiecooks.com

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DESSERT

VEGAN LEMON CAKE

Italy is one of my favorite countries to visit: the beautiful coastlines, historical cities, charming villages and passionate people – and of course: the food!

Italian cuisine is one of the most vegan-friendly in Europe. Sure, they throw parmesan on top of everything, but often they just give you a bowl on the side where you add it yourself, and if not you can pretty much always ask them to omit it in your dish.

Italian cakes however have received very little attention (except for gelato), which is a shame because there are so many delicious treats to try out – like this vegan lemon cake with olive oil!

The traditional lemon and olive oil cake comes from southern Italy and includes eggs, but in this vegan version you can’t notice that there aren’t any eggs at all!

The cake has a lovely balanced flavor of lemon and is neither too sweet nor too tangy, and with just a hint of flavor from the olive oil. This is Italy in a nutshell, if you ask me ;).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • zest of a lemon
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp water
  • 1 cup soy yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder (optional, can be substituted with vanilla essence)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 50 g (1.76 oz) vegan butter, melted

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 160°C/320F. Grease a bread form and line the inside with a baking sheet.
  2. Sift the flour in a bowl and combine with baking powder, baking soda, vanilla powder, salt, lemon zest and sugar.
  3. Add water, olive oil, vegan yoghurt, lemon juice and melted vegan butter and quickly combine all the ingredients to a smooth batter (be careful not to overmix).

You can find complete recipes of this VEGAN LEMON CAKE in sofiavonporat.com

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DESSERT GLUTEN FREE

HEALTHY FLOURLESS LEMON POPPY SEED BREAKFAST CAKE

A delicious healthy flourless lemon poppy seed breakfast cake with a subtle tang of citrus from the lemon! The light and fluffy filling is studded with poppy seeds, with a tender exterior- It’s naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and sugar free, with a tested paleo option- Even the frosting is healthy too!

Not even kidding you guys- this went on for at least five minutes. I pretty much had to tell my mum that her cooking was better than an Indian buffet and that the Persians invented everything. Only then did she tell me the lemon rind and lemon juice proportions in her lemon poppy seed loaf.

I don’t actually know why I claimed to be allergic so said loaf growing up- I think it comes down to being blessed with mum making other sweet treats, in which the lemon flavored ones got the stink eye. That, and the fact that I associated citrus foods to only be reserved to savory recipes.

I swear since being in Los Angeles, my inner lemon has come out to frolick and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

After sharing a handful of breakfast cake recipes (let’s face it- It’s purely an excuse to advocate eating dessert for breakfast) recently, I knew it was only a matter of time before I shared one of the citrus variety. As much as I am an advocate of (some) convenience foods or aids, using fresh lemon juice AND lemon rind is key- It’s also something my mum preached over and over again when she FINALLY gave me the proportions. She told me not to use bottled lemon juice and definitely NOT lemon extract- She also advised me that some brands use coloring in it and after a quick scan at the supermarket- She was (unfortunately) right. Anyway, it’s high time you pucker those faces up to make this healthy flourless lemon poppy seed breakfast cake!

INGREDIENTS:

For the Gluten Free/Vegan/Flourless version

  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground into a flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (use stevia or a sugar free baking blend to keep sugar free)
  • 1 T baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup + 2 T dairy free milk
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 T lemon zest
  • 1 flax egg (can sub for 1 large egg if not vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 T nut butter of choice, melted (I used smooth almond butter)

For the Paleo option

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (can sub for honey or agave)
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter (can sub for almond butter or coconut oil)
  • vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs, whisked lightly

For the protein frosting

  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder (see SHOP page on the menu bar)
  • 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  • Dairy free milk to form batter

For the coconut butter frosting

  • 4-6 T coconut butter, melted
  • 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
  • Dairy free milk to thin out

For the basic cream cheese frosting

  • Dairy free cream cheese (can sub for any cream cheese)
  • 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the lemon zest and poppy seeds and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract and egg/flax egg. Pour into the dry mixture. Add the melted nut butter (and honey and applesauce for paleo option) and mix very well until a batter is formed.

You can find complete recipes of this HEALTHY FLOURLESS LEMON POPPY SEED BREAKFAST CAKE in thebigmansworld.com

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HEALTHY

FETA & PARMESAN ZUCCHINI BAKE

Life changes too quickly. This little cutie pictured below is my baby girl. My Goose. She is about to begin her Senior year in high school.
Unfortunately, this also means she will be 1300 miles away from her home. She decided to spend her senior year in Washington DC.

Can you tell I have a lot of zucchini and squash in my garden this year? This latest version had a split reaction with my family. Those who tried it, adored it. Those who were too chicken to even taste it kept telling me how gross it was. Nice.

I loved it. Packed with yummy cheese and lots of garlic. I served it as a main dish, but it would also make a great side with some grilled protein and hot bread. I will be making this one again soon while I still have a lot of fresh squash.

The presentation factor on this baby gets super high marks as well! I love the color combo of both types of squash and then I made it in my favorite oval baking dish. I do have a bit of an obsession with oval shaped dishes, bowls and baking pans. They just speak to me 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6-7 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash
  • 2 Tb canola oil
  • 2 Tb minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 C light sour cream
  • 1 C crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 C fresh parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a large casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Slice the squash into 1/4″ slices. If they are larger squash, cut them down the middle before slicing. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the squash, garlic and thyme. Saute and stir just until the squash is starting to soften slightly. Don’t cook too long or it will be mushy after it bakes in the oven. Remove from the heat.

You can find complete recipes of this FETA & PARMESAN ZUCCHINI BAKE in mykitchenescapades.com

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DESSERT HEALTHY

LEMON BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES

My favorite Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes! Topped with homemade Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting and Fresh Blueberries, they’re simply irresistible.

My friends!!!
The weekend is at our fingertips and I couldn’t be more excited… to do nothing. I’m talking a feet kicked up on the coffee table, delivery menus at arms length, and Law & Order on loop kind of weekend. After 4 epic recipe fails, an inbox that just won’t quit, and the return of allergy season, I just need it.

What’s on the horizon for your weekend? Relaxing? Adventuring? Baking some of my recipes? If you bake one recipe this weekend, may I suggest these beautiful lemon blueberry cupcakes?

They’re quite simple to make, but yield very impressive results. The cupcakes themselves are supremely moist, just sweet enough, and exploding with blueberries in every bite. The batter will be quite thick, but fret not, as they bake up beautifully!

The lemon cream cheese frosting is a breeze to whip up and compliments the lemon blueberry cupcakes perfectly. Start to finish, making the frosting should only take 10 minutes max, so you’ll have plenty of time to whip it up while the lemon blueberry cupcakes bake.

Tips and Tricks For Success:

  1. Before you begin assembling the batter for your lemon blueberry cupcakes, it’s very important all of your liquid ingredients have been brought to room temperature. For this recipe, this means the sour cream, milk, butter, and eggs. I find in these warmer months this takes about 30 minutes, but times will vary depending on your climate.
  2. I list lemon extract as an optional ingredient. If you prefer cupcakes that have a light lemon flavor, I do not think it’s an essential ingredient. If you prefer a very lemony cupcake, I highly suggest adding the extract to both the lemon blueberry cupcake batter as well as the frosting. I love Watkins pure lemon extract because it’s 100% natural, doesn’t contain any artificial flavors, colors, or additives, and just tastes like pure lemon. Btw, I’m not getting paid a cent to say any of that; I just really love their lemon extract!
  3. Lightly scoop and level your flour. Packed flour will lead to dry, dense cupcakes.
  4. Fresh or frozen blueberries may be used in the batter. If you’re using frozen, do not thaw them first. Frozen blueberries will likely make the cupcakes a little more purple than fresh, but both taste equally delicious.
  5. I do not recommend adding more blueberries than called for to the batter. Adding too many berries will weigh down the cupcakes as they bake, causing them to sink the middle and bake unevenly. You can add plenty of extra blueberries on top of the frosting 😉
  6. Speaking of the frosting, you’ll want to make sure your butter and cream cheese are very soft before beginning. I suggest getting them a little softer than room temperature; this ensures they beat smooth and no clumps are left behind.
  7. Keep an eye on your cupcakes as they bake. My cupcakes took exactly 20 minutes, but yours may be done as early as 16, depending on how your oven runs. You’ll know they’re done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs attached.
  8. As always, you’ll want to make sure the cupcakes are completely cooled before frosting them. I used a Wilton Extra Large Round Tip to frost my cupcakes, but any tip – or even just a knife – will do.
  9. If you’d like your cupcakes to look exactly like the ones in these photos, simply top them with fresh blueberries (I find the smaller ones look better and don’t weigh down the frosting too much) and fresh lemon zest (I like to grate it onto a large plate and let it dry just a few seconds before sprinkling it).

INGREDIENTS :

For the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, if using frozen do not thaw first
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (optional, but really amps up the lemon flavor)
  • 1 large egg plus one egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

For the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
  • (1) 8 ounce block full-fat cream cheese, very soft
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (optional, but really amps up the lemon flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

To Decorate:

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest, optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, optional

INSTRUCTIONS :

For the Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). *Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine 1 and 3/4 cups of the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the sour cream, milk, and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice whisk well to combine and set aside.
  4. Place blueberries in a small bowl; add remaining lemon juice and toss to coat the berries
  5. add remaining flour and toss to coat the berries in the flour; set aside.
  6. In a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds.
  7. Add in the granulated sugar and lemon extract (if using) and beat until well combined.
  8. Add in the egg and egg yolk and mix well. Reduce the mixer speed to low.
  9. Add in 1/2 of the flour mixture and mix until just combined (this should take about 5 seconds).
  10. Add 1/2 of the sour cream mixture and mix until just combined. Repeat with remaining flour and sour cream mix, being sure to mix on low until just combined.
  11. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the floured blueberries (and any excess flour in the bowl) and lemon zest.
  12. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them 3/4 of the way full.
  13. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  14. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  15. Once cupcakes are cool, frost and decorate. The cupcakes may also be frozen, unfrosted and stored in a freezer safe bag, for up to 2 months.

You can find complete recipes of this LEMON BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES in bakerbynature.com