Earl Grey and Lemon Muffins

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Earl Grey and Lemon Muffins – the rich aroma of Earl Grey tea leaves and the refreshing flavor of lemon makes these muffins a delightful treat, perfect for a quick breakfast or a midday snack.

So here it is – the first recipe to be posted on this little site.

earl grey and lemon muffins

The first time I ever tried anything Earl Grey flavoured was back when I was in high school. I found a recipe somewhere (I wish I could remember where!) for Earl Grey cupcakes that was topped with a beautiful lemon buttercream. I don’t think I had ever even sipped on Earl Grey tea at that point, but it sounded tasty and unique so I tried it out. To put it simply, it was amazing.

Since then, I haven’t looked back.

I see something with Earl Grey in the name and I have to try it. There’s almost no stopping me. I am pretty much obsessed with drinking London Fog’s, which for whatever reason I didn’t even know existed until last year. How did I live?!

earl grey and lemon muffins

I don’t know exactly what it is I love so much about earl grey, though perhaps it’s the hint of floral flavour. I’m a sucker for floral flavoured food – I’ll go nuts for anything that tastes of lavender, hibiscus, or rose as well.

These Earl Grey and Lemon Muffins came about because I was thinking I should stop purchasing a snack all the time on workdays when I become suddenly ravenous at 10 am (even though I do have a healthy breakfast every morning). I wanted something tasty, yet not so heavy that it would ruin my appetite for lunch.

Already knowing that I liked the earl grey and lemon combo, I decided to try and make this into a muffin. Best. Idea. Ever. (I’m probably going to say this about a lot of things. Sorry.)

I’ve used vanilla Greek yogurt in this recipe but plain Greek yogurt would work as well. Including this helps give these muffins a better consistency. I also suggest using a 2% fat variety.

earl grey and lemon muffins

These muffins are great on their own but I imagine they would also be great with a schmear of butter or jam. If you try this recipe please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, post on the Zest & Simmer Facebook page and share photos on Instagram using the hashtag #zestandsimmer. I’d love to see it!

Earl Grey and Lemon Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

The rich aroma of Earl Grey tea leaves and the refreshing flavor of lemon makes these muffins a delightful treat, perfect for a quick breakfast or a midday snack.

Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Vanessa @ Zest & Simmer
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest (about 1/2 large lemon)
  • 3 bags Earl Grey tea , cut open
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease muffin pan with cooking spray or butter and set aside.

  2. In a small bowl stir together the flour, lemon zest, tea leaves, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in egg until well combined. Add vanilla extract and Greek yogurt and mix at low speed to gently incorporate. Add reserved flour mixture and continue mixing at a low speed until just combined.

  4. Divide muffin batter evenly among prepared cups.Transfer to preheated oven.

  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean and muffins are light golden on top.

  6. Cool in pan or on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

earl grey and lemon muffins

So tasty I had to take a bite mid photo session!


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