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Queen's Muffins

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Queen's Muffins
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 18
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Enjoy these classic muffins packed with flavors of citrus, cinnamon and currants.

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.
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
(
Calories from Fat
100
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
17%
(
Saturated Fat
7g
34%
,
Trans Fat
1/2g
)
Cholesterol
60mg
21%
Sodium
140mg
6%
Potassium
170mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
35g
12%
(
Dietary Fiber
2g
6%
,
Sugars
23g
)
Protein
3g
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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