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These are a creation that I came up with years ago at my bakery when I was in search of a sweet and cheesy danish-like breakfast treat, but one that would be ready more quickly than a traditional, time-consuming cheese danish. The solution? Stuff a cheese danish filling into the center of a muffin.
These muffins have a buttery, tender crumb, a luscious cream cheese filling, and a crunchy brown sugar streusel topping. Lemon zest and lemon juice add a fresh and fragrant citrus edge. To make sure that the muffins come out of the tin in one piece (and to keep them moist), I highly recommend you line the muffin tin with paper cups
The best part about these muffins is that there's no need to wait for the filling to set. In fact, the filling is at its creamiest and most delicious when served warm. Perfect with your morning cup of joe, these hearty but bright muffins will start your day off right.
About the Author: Yvonne Ruperti is a food writer, recipe developer, former bakery owner, and author of the new cookbook One Bowl Baking: Simple From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts (Running Press, October 2013), and available at Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Powell's, The Book Depository. Watch her culinary stylings on the America's Test Kitchen television show. Follow her Chocoholic, Chicken Dinners, Singapore Stories and One Bowl Baking columns on Serious Eats. Follow Yvonne on Twitter as she explores Singapore.