posted by Becky 08-23-101 2:20 PM
1/2 c. butter or margarine
2 eggs, separated
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
grated lemon rind (optional)
additional sugar for topping (optional)
Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in egg yolks. Beat until light. Mix flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture alternately with lemon juice. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into muffin mixture along with 2 teaspoons lemon rind, mixing just until ingredients are blended.
Fill buttered muffin tins about 3/4 full. Sprinkle each muffin with a bit of additional sugar, if desired.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until muffins are golden. Cool. Remove from tins and cool completely.
Serve as is or invert; sprinkle with additional grated lemon rind and serve.
Tips: These muffins may be made ahead and frozen. Day-old muffins are excellent split and toasted.
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