It’s swelteringly hot right now. We went from 11 C to 28 C almost overnight… I’m certainly not complaining that summer has arrived, it just takes a while for my body to adjust to the heat! I have just spend the afternoon lazying around in the garden. I should be removing weeds and such as those have grown in all that rain like monsters. But instead I can’t really be bothered… Not my favorite job in the world removing weeds! (I will though, soon, very soon!) The theme for this months Monthly Mingle is Honey. I thought it very fitting for these current temperatures and decided to make honey muffins. Because I wanted them to go together with my lemon curd I added lime in these.
When tasting the batter, I was a little hesitant… It tasted different from what I’m used to but once baked these were totally delicious. I added coconut to balance out the lime and some chopped and roasted hazelnuts for a little crunch. The honey I used was Manuka honey and a little bit of regular honey since I didn’t have enough. Now the topping, the topping is just plain fabulous. Ofcourse if you’re on any sort of diet (as I am!) these are not the kind of muffins with cream you want to eat but it doesn’t hurt giving them away to friends and family.
I topped the muffins with a lemoncurd/mascarpone cream. I just added lemoncurd to the mascarpone until it tasted the way I wanted it, but I think I added roughly 2/3 lemoncurd to 1/2 of mascarpone. Maybe a tiny bit more mascarpone then 1/3 but that should be about right. This was the first time I ever made lemoncurd myself and quite frankly I can’t believe how simple it was and why on earth I never made that before…
I’ll be giving you both recipes for the muffin as well as the lemoncurd as I’m sure you’re gonna love the combination! I’ve made these honey muffins for the Monthly Mingle whichis hosted this month on Cook Republic where you can read all the details here. The Monthly Mingle is an invention of Meeta from What’s for Lunch Honey and you can read all about it here!
For now you might not see that many sweets here anymore for a while at least, since I really am trying to change my habits. Baking all those lovely treats is maybe not the best way to go about that… A few more days now before the 12 week body transformation kicks off, so it will be hard work from then on to get moving! You will hear all about it soon!
Honey muffins with lime and coconut and lemon curd
- 165g honey (1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup limejuice
- 60 g butter (melted)
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup coconut (grated, not sweetened)
- 272g flour
- 53g sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup hazelnuts (roasted and chopped)
- 3 lemons
- 280g caster sugar
- 150g butter (at roomtemperature)
- 6 eggs (lightly beaten)
|Roast the hazelnuts and rub them in a teatowel to remove the skins if they are still there. Chop them roughly. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 190 C.
|Combine the honey, lime juice, butter, eggs and vanilla and mix these until smooth. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda and salt in another bowl. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until well blended. Add the chopped hazelnuts or any other ingredients you want to add at this point too.|
|Pour into muffin tins and fill to the rim. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked.
Recipe lemoncurd from Under the walnut tree