lemon muffins with crunchy sugar topping

These are delicious served warm or cold.

2 cups self-raising flour
3/4 cup sugar

75 g butter
1 cup milk
1 egg
grated rind of 1 large or 2 small lemons

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar

Mix flour and sugar in bowl.

Melt butter, add the milk, egg and lemon rind. Beat well with a fork to combine.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until ingredients are only just dampened. Do not over mix.

Divide the mixture between 12 greased muffin cups. Bake at 200 C for 10 minutes.

Stir together the lemon juice and sugar and drizzle over the muffin as soon as they are removed from the oven. I like to prick the top of the muffins with a toothpick so the flavour soaks in more. Leave to stand in the pans for only a few minutes as the syrup will harden and stick the muffins to the pans.


  1. yum! easy and delicious 🙂

  2. Michelle Walters says:

    really quick to prepare, lovely!

  3. shellsberight says:

    Lovely, quick & easy recipe. Mine turned out a little stodgy so must have over-mixed, had to add a little extra milk. Thanks for posting this & thanks google for bringing me here 😉

  4. lucyjayne says:

    I’m about to make these as a birthday present for my friend, unsure though as how big a cup to use to get a good consistancy 🙂 please advise, thank-you

    1. DG says:

      The cup size used is a standard 250ml cup.

  5. Karen T says:

    I added a cup of sultanas to this recipe and the family voted them “best muffins ever” Thanks for this i am now going to try making a cake with the same recipe doubled for my cake decorating class on Saturday.

    1. Kate says:

      Mmmm you got me thinking… what if I added blueberries to this recipe? I tried it this morning and the result was sensational!

  6. Hali says:

    I’m adding Cranberries XD

    1. Kate says:

      Let me know how they turn out!

  7. Amy says:

    I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve whipped these up when friends drop in unexpectedly, and there’s never any left when they go! yum yum

  8. Melissa says:

    I am going to try these.

    After they ate cooked I will cut of the top (lid), scoop out some of the inside leaving enough around the sides and fill it with lemon curd then put the top (lid) back on. Hope it turns out.

    Yummy :):):)

    1. Kate says:

      I’m sure they will be divine!

  9. Belinda says:

    Hi, all the comments are all so positive! I am going to try making these shortly. I am going to add a little cream cheese lite to them. Will let you know how I get on. Thanks for sharing your recipe! 🙂

  10. Awesome recipe, they are so yummy and lite, next time I shall ad white choc chips 🙂

  11. ivan says:

    just chucked a batch in the oven mmmm lemon

    1. Kate says:

      Oh yes, the aroma that fills the house is quite delicious!

  12. Doreen says:

    I’m about to make these now to take to my husbands oncology clinic tomorrow. Hope all the patients enjoy these for morning tea…Yum

    1. Kate says:

      I’m sure they will. Be sure to take some for the nurses too!

  13. Michelle says:

    Would love to know how the lemon curd and also the cream cheese added to the recipe worked?

  14. Jared says:

    Added some mixed spice to the mix, and sprinkled chopped lavender petals over top of lemon/sugar mix!

  15. Ness says:

    I love this so easy and the work boys love it

  16. Rosie says:

    I made these with lemon and another batch with orange (I love orange!)
    They’re so quick, easy, and delicious! Although I don’t get the crunchy sugar top 😦

  17. cheryl says:

    Lovely muffins light and fluffy

  18. Maisie says:

    Yummy, I added white chocolate drops and i put a piece of caramel chocolate in the middle. SESATIONAL! THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!

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