Friday, March 5, 2010

Would You Like Dessert With That? ~ Key Lime Muffins

At the end of the week (or almost the end) we treat ourselves to Chocolate Friday!  Well today is the first Friday of the month, so we're having Dessert Friday to give the non-chocolate desserts their 15 minutes of fame.  :)

I suppose you're wondering why I'm sharing muffins for dessert?  Well muffins are kind of like dessert for breakfast, aren't they?  But you can also find creative ways to serve muffins for dessert!  They're really not that different from cupcakes.

I got this recipe from a cute little cookbook that my Dad passed on to me: Cafe Nervosa - The Connoisseur's Cookbook (from the TV show Frasier).  There are so many yummy recipes in this book!  I liked the simplicity and flavor of this one.

I made mini muffins with the recipe - perfect for breakfast or with tea!  I think I would prefer these as regular-size muffins though for a bigger flavor impact.

To take these from simple muffins to cute desserts - split in half, fill and top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with lime zest.  Better yet, mix some lime zest/juice into the whipped cream to enhance the flavor.  Yum!

Key Lime Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1/4 cup Key lime juice

Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.

Combine milk and remaining ingredients; add to dry ingredients, stirring until moistened.  Spoon into greased muffin pans, filling three-fourths full.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 18 minutes or until browned.  Remove from pans immediately.  Yield: 1 dozen*

*If making mini muffins, yield will be 36-48 and only need to be baked 8-10 minutes
So that's my "dessert" for the day!  How about you?  Do you have a post about a great dessert to share?  Or a yummy chocolate post?  Come link them up below!  If you don't have a blog, you are welcome to share your recipes/thoughts in the comments.  Find more Chocolate Friday info here or take a look back at last week.

I'm linking this up to Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam - go check out all the yummy recipes! 

Don't forget to come back later and check out some of the yumminess linked up!  Have a dessert-filled day friends!


  1. What a grand idea for making a 'normal' muffin really unique! And key lime? Yum!!!

  2. Those look and sound really really good. I love key limes.

    Big more impact is always better when it comes to muffins size hugs to you!

    Have a great weekend my friend.

  3. That muffin at the end looks so fancy schmancy...and yummy :)

  4. Oh Yummy! My hubby just LOVES Key Lime Pie, so this would be a nice treat! :)

  5. I love Key Lime Pie so I'm looking forward to trying these.

    One of my more memorable desserts was turning a bunch of leftover banana-nut muffins into a trifle (by layering chunks of muffins with sliced bananas, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream). Who says muffins can't be dessert?

  6. Those look yummy! I love key lime pie! I bet these are great!!

  7. I just HAD to steal this recipe. :) My husband's favorite dessert is Key Lime pie. I think he would enjoy these. I'll have to surprise him with them for breakfast soon. Hmm...I wonder how they would be with green food coloring for St. Patrick's Day? Or maybe just the whipped topping green? Anyway, they sound dee-lish! BTW...did I tell you that I've given you your very own folder in my recipe file? lol That's how many recipes I've gotten from you!
    Sorry, no link today. Since the weather is warm we're doing a lot of outside work. I just took a quick break to check email, etc. But I'll be back later and next week I'll definitely link up!

  8. Oh my gosh! I love how you fancied up these little gems!! Yummy!!

  9. My husband likes key lime pie. I think he'd really enjoy these muffins!


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