I have a serious question.

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Can you, a normal person, actually consider one muffin a full breakfast? Especially these… these, like, baby muffins. Well, they are of traditional muffin size and not fattened up, triple-pumped Americanized muffins covered in crumble and streusel, but really? One of these would be like the equivalent of drinking a glass of water for me. (Also if someone could make the caloric effect be equivalent to that of a glass of water… that would be great.)

And now my day is going to revolve around how I’m irked at the lack of crumble and streusel on top.

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For an actual muffin to make it into my breakfast rotation, I need a few other things of substance on a plate next to it. Maybe some fruit. Peanut butter. Some eggs. BACON. Those kinds of things. That’s why I sort of prefer my muffins to be snack worthy foods. I’d never kick a muffin outta bed for breakfast but… I like them at other times of the day too. Like right now. At 10:30PM when I’m writing this post and eating my emotions because Psy makes me feel so uncomfortable as I watch him on Dancing with the Stars.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a massive mascarpone kick the last few months. Putting it in EVERYTHING. Sweet, savory, using it as a spread… literally, all the things. I’ve always enjoyed it but maybe… just… never knew it’s true potential?

All you italians just collectively rolled your eyes in my direction. I bet.

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So two weeks ago I attempted to make a lemon mascarpone loaf and it came out like… dense, unbaked cheesecake. I mean, it was SO dense. Crazy dense. Perhaps I should have measured stuffed out instead of just being a cocky brat and thinking ‘oh of course this will turn out!’ and throwing stuffed into a bowl???? Maybe, you know, figured out where things went wrong? And since I have no patience and just couldn’t handle waiting another 75 minutes while loaf cake #2 baked… muffins it was. Muffins are like the poor man’s cake. Errr… the lazy man’s cake? The impatience man’s cake?

I think you get it.

The good news is that I still covered that lemon loaf in one hell of a sugar bombed glaze and it made it’s way into multiple mouths. It’s just not perfect yet. So until then… muffins. Make-it-up-to-you muffins. Settle for now.

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Brown Sugar Lemon Mascarpone Muffins

Yield: 12-16 muffins

Total Time: 35 minutes


2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 lemons, zested
8 ounces cold mascarpone cheese
3/4 cups milk
1 large egg
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners.

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir to combine. Mix in lemon zest. Add mascarpone cheese and mix in with a fork, stirring until crumbly, evenly dispersed and covered in flour. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, yogurt, egg, vanilla extract and butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined and wet.

Use a 1/4 cup measure or ice cream scoop to fill the muffin liners 2/3 of the wall full. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until tops are set and golden. Remove and let cool slightly before serving.

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So fluffy!

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66 Responses to “Brown Sugar Lemon Mascarpone Muffins.”

  1. #
    Allison @ thebakingyear — May 23, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    these look delicious!! and your writing is just so fun to read :)


  2. #
    Colette @ JFF! — May 23, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    These look wicked spongy good!


  3. #
    Katie @ Butterlust Blog — May 23, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    these look AH-MAH-ZING. and I definitely would not just be able to eat one. people actually do that?


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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — May 25, 2013 @ 12:51 am

    I’m completely okay with consolation muffins. They’re much easier to fit in your purse than a loaf cake. These look delicious.


  5. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — May 25, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    These look fantastic! Definitely wouldn’t cut it for breakfast though, I agree ;)


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    Willa — May 30, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    Just made these this afternoon. Very light and fluffy, super moist and delicious!! These have a delicate flavor, so I would suggest adding some lemon juice (perhaps 1/2 a lemon) if you prefer a stronger flavor. Overall, fantastic!


  7. #
    Molly — June 11, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    Aghh! Lemon Muffins! So awesome! I love your recipes, am going to try them all out =D

    Citrus desserts are amazing, just made these:


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    Leanne — June 14, 2013 @ 5:58 am

    They look delicious even without streusel (which I am a huge fan of)! But yeah – those muffins are practically mini, so you should feel totally justified eating at least half a dozen of them for breakfast. Gotta get that energy in.

    The last photo of one bitten open – they look perfect. Fluffy and moist. Mascarpone is a godsend for muffins, I swear.

    P. S. Where did you get your rad stripey cupcake papers?!


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    Sam — July 27, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    I made these today and added a lemon glaze on top. They were amazing! thanks for the recipe.



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