Low-Fat Strawberry Jam-Filled Muffins
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  • ½ cup sugar
  • zest of 1 small lemon or ½ of one large lemon
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 3 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk (I used skim milk)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup jam (I used strawberry, but you can use any flavor that you like)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (I used 1 tablespoon raw sugar + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners and spray lightly with Pam (you don't have to use muffin liners, but you'll have to be very careful taking the muffins out of the pan).
  2. Place your ½ cup of sugar and your lemon zest in a large bowl and rub together with your clean hands until the sugar is a pale yellow color. Combine the sugar with the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix together well.
  3. In another bowl, combine the yogurt, melted butter, milk, and egg in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add the flour mixture to the yogurt mixture until just combined (do NOT over-mix). Finish mixing by hand if you need to, but if you over-mix this batter it will become tough and make dry muffins.
  4. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into each prepared muffin liner. Top each with 1 teaspoon jam (seriously only 1 teaspoon, it's plenty). Top evenly with the remaining batter (about 1 large tablespoon for each muffin). Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and the tops are golden and set. Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on another surface to finish cooling. Enjoy slightly warm or completely cooled!
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2009/09/11/low-fat-strawberry-jam-filled-muffins/