Raspberries are in at local farmers markets.
When you see them, don’t hesitate — their season is even shorter than strawberries.
They’re great for eating out of hand, dressing up a bowl of cereal or garnishing a fancy cake.
Give them a try in this recipe for lemon raspberry muffins, which are perfect for breakfast or brunch, and you may even look forward to getting up in the morning.
— Lisa Abraham
LEMON RASPBERRY MUFFINS
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. finely chopped lemon zest, divided
2½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1½ tsp. salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1¾ cups raspberries, slightly frozen
Toss sugar with 1 tablespoon lemon zest, rubbing it between fingers to release the oils. Let sit at least 1 hour and up to 1 day before sifting to remove zest pieces. Remove ¼ cup and set remaining aside.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a muffin pan and liberally sprinkle cups with lemon sugar from ¼ cup. Save remaining mixture for topping muffins.
Sift 2¼ cups flour, baking powder, salt and remaining ¾ cup lemon sugar together in a large bowl.
Add butter to flour mixture and cut in with a pastry blender or two knives. (You can also use an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed.) Stop mixing when the butter pieces are pea-sized and smaller.
Whisk buttermilk, eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture stirring just until combined. The batter will be lumpy.
Toss berries with remaining ¼ cup flour and gently fold into batter. Fill muffin tins to the top and sprinkle with a generous amount of remaining lemon sugar.
Bake 15 minutes and rotate pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until muffins spring back when lightly pressed in the center and/or a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Jumbo muffins will take approximately 5 minutes longer.
— Adapted from www.driscolls.com
Find previous installments of This Week’s Harvest and a list of local farmers markets at www.ohio.com/lifestyle/food.