HAPPY FATHER’S AND YOUTH DAY
This Sunday pretty much confused me, as I didn’t know whether to say ‘Happy Father’s Day’ or ‘Happy Youth Day’. Anyway, today I baked Amasi and Rice Lemon Muffins, inspired by the Portuguese’s Bolos de Arroz (Rice Muffins). These were gifted to the men surrounding me as a Father’s Day gift.
These muffins are semi-gluten free, if such exists. They are not something you’ve tasted before, as they are delicious, fluffy, airy and moist with a nice citrus tang from the lemon zests, and I hope you will enjoy them like we did. Happy Father’s Day and Happy Youth Day South Africa.
180g Cake Flour
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
120g Rice Flour
4 Extra-large Eggs
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
150g Butter, at room temperature
200g Castor Sugar, extra for topping
200ml Amasi (see note 2)
1 Teaspoon Lemon Essence
Zests of 1 Lemon
- Preheat oven to 180℃.
- Sieve cake and rice flour into a medium mixing bowl and add baking powder, mix and set aside.
- Using an electric whisk, cream butter, oil and sugar until it becomes pale. Then whisk in eggs, one at a time. Whisk until they are all well incorporated (looking fluffy sort of).
- Add amasi, lemon zests and lemon essence then whisk until well combined.
- Gradually add flour (one third at a time), while you keep whisking.
- Line a muffin pan with 11 muffin cases (see notes), and add 2 scoops of batter on each (using a large ice cream scoop). Then generously sprinkle sugar on top, and bake for 20 minutes.
- My muffin cases are for large muffins, if you have small cases use one scoop instead of what’s mentioned above. Thus, you will need 22 cases.
- I understand that not all my blog followers are South African, and Amasi is a South African product. You may substitute Amasi with buttermilk, although I cannot promise how the texture or taste will be, as I have not tried it myself.