Brown Butter Raspberry Muffins with Lemon

by Suzanne on July 17, 2013

in Breads, Breakfast, Sweet Things

brownbutterasp1Do you ever have a craving and can’t get it out of your mind? I have been craving raspberry muffins for a while now,and then I saw my friend Laura’s muffins and I couldn’t stand it, I finally had to make some. In college we had a Paradise Bakery on campus and I used to eat raspberry muffins and blueberry muffins there all the time. I was a starving college student but somehow managed to scrounge up change for muffins. Not only did I give into a craving but I succumbed to the peer pressure of using browned butter in my recipe. I really couldn’t figure out what all the craze was about because I remember browning butter as a kid by accident when melting butter for my popcorn (which I called burned butter) and now it’s become a culinary trend to “brown” your butter. Well, I’m hear to tell you it’s worth the hype my friends, yes browned butter is really pretty tasty in these raspberry muffins. It lends a nutty flavor and richness that isn’t found otherwise. If you are like me and haven’t tried the latest culinary craze, give this brown butter a chance, it’s worth the extra effort.


Brown Butter Raspberry Muffins with Lemon

2 lemons
3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup butter browned
1 large egg
1 cup white whole-wheat flour, or whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberries

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 large (1/2-cup) muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
Step 2: Cook butter over medium low heat stir frequently until it turns a nice brown color and smells nutty, about 5-7min. There will be small bits of milk solids from cooking it.
Step 3: Zest the lemons; in a small bowl mix together the yogurt, milk, browned butter, egg, and vanilla and zest.
Step 4: Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add the milk mixture and fold until almost blended. Gently fold in raspberries. Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Optional sprinkle the top with large crystal sugar on top of each muffin.
Step 5: Bake the muffins until the edges and tops are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm.


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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

So glad that you tried brown butter and loved it! Once you start, it’s hard to stop. Love your cute muffin cups!

2 The Café Sucre Farine July 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

To me raspberries make anything wonderful and brown butter, well it’s just crazy good! You definitely have a winner here Suzanne!

3 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts July 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I was on the fence about brown butter until I tried it too – so good!! And you know I have a soft spot for muffings 🙂

4 Terra July 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

You said the magic word….brown butter!! Love the idea of raspberry and brown butter in one sweet treat! Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

5 Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Oh, so nice that you did this for Muffin! It’s a great cause. And people are sick…

Great muffins! Love their hugeness. 😀

6 Patty July 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

These have to be the prettiest berry filled muffins! Muffins baked for a good cause are the best ever 😉

7 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings July 20, 2013 at 11:26 pm

When it comes to brown butter, I am all in! These muffins are just beautiful…and that dog, beautiful also!

8 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} July 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm

WOW – your muffins are simply mouthwatering! Love anything with brown butter – just adds that extra deliciousness! Hope your weekend is going great!!

9 Valerie July 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Welcome to the beautiful world of brown butter (there’s not turning back!). 😀
Your muffins look fabulous! Love the raspberry/lemon combo!!

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