Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Citrus Sunshine (Currant) Muffins for this week's TWD were the perfect choice as far as I'm concerned. Especially in light of the fact that it was Daylight Savings on Sunday (thank goodness my phone updates itself because I completely forgot!) and this coming Sunday is the Vernal Equinox - SPRING!
Now, if only the weather decides to cooperate and stops dumping snow on us (like last week - seriously, that was our backyard on the 8th) then I would be thrilled! I am SO over Winter!
Conversely, I think it is pretty funny that the main season for citrus around here is WINTER! There has to be some really brilliant reasoning behind the Powers That Be deciding that. What better way to get some sunshiney feelings in the midst of the snow and darkness!
These muffins were perfectly delightful in delivering on the promise of the citrus and sunshine double hit of happy. I was happy while I was making them - I love rubbing the zest and sugar together - I could seriously just smell that all day!
I made a couple of small modifications to the recipe this time which were a big hit around our house. I didn't have any currants, and didn't know if any of us raisin haters would like them anyway, so I didn't bother getting any. Instead I chopped up some good white chocolate and added some chunks to the muffin batter in place of the currants. I also didn't have any lemon extract, so I just zested the lemon and rubbed it into the sugar along with the orange zest. I also added a small splash of vanilla to the batter because I love the combination of citrus and vanilla in a big way.
These muffins were wonderful - tender, citrusy and bright, a little sweet and oh so good! I'm so glad that Lauryn of Bella Baker chose them for this week's recipe because I have overlooked them for far too long. Make sure to visit the Tuesdays with Dorie blog and see how the other muffin makers made out!