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Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke and Jan Gautro Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke and Jan Gautro

Raspberry-Almond Muffins

Almond paste is coarser in texture and less sweet than marzipan, but either will work for this recipe. Both can be found on the baking aisle of the supermarket. To make mini muffins, spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of batter into each of 48 miniature muffin cups; bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes. To get ahead, bake 2 days before the party.

Cooking Light APRIL 2004

  • Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 muffin)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons almond paste
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar or granulated sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place first 3 ingredients in a food processor, and process until well blended. Add butter, and pulse 4 to 5 times or just until combined. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, pulsing 1 or 2 times after each addition. Add buttermilk, vanilla, and lemon juice; pulse until blended.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. Add buttermilk mixture; stir just until moist. Gently fold in raspberries. Let batter stand 5 minutes. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake at 375° for 22 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately; place on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 222
  • Calories from fat: 23%
  • Fat: 5.7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 39.1g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 46mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Sodium: 186mg
  • Calcium: 50mg
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