Earl Grey, Lemon, and Honey Breakfast Muffins

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Welcoming in these cold winter days with these cozy Earl Grey, Lemon, and Honey Breakfast Muffins…kind of like your favorite cup of earl grey tea, but baked into a delicious citrusy muffin! These muffins are light and moist, made with milk that’s infused with earl grey tea, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and hinted with just the lightest touch of honey. Truly the perfect way to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth in the mornings! Every last bite just melts in your mouth and is so delicious! Be sure to enjoy these muffins for breakfast, or as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea and a light drizzle of honey. So simple, but so delicious.

honey being poured onto stack of muffins on white plate with another muffin in front, a stack of paltes behind, flowers, and white teapot

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About The Recipe

Happy Monday, everyone! It has been a crazy week this past week. Honestly. We have been very hard at work with implementing new things on the blog, plus coming up with new (and exciting!) recipes for all of you. Though, it’s really not been all sunshines this week. A lot of what we’ve made has been an absolute mess! It HAS allowed us to learn so much, but I’m just thankful that last week is behind us.

So, while I know today tends to be everyone’s least favorite, I am so happy to be here at the start of a new week. Plus, how can it be a bad day when one has sweet and healthy…ish muffins waiting for them first thing in the morning?

These earl grey muffins have been an idea we’ve been kicking around for the last couple of weeks, but we hadn’t really quite figured it out. Our original idea was Chai and some sort of citrus, but we really couldn’t pinpoint he flavors we had in mind.

It wasn’t until we dug through our tea drawer to find our chai, that we stumbled upon our earl grey! We had totally forgotten that we had some left from our last tea order. Immediately, something clicked.

What always goes well with earl grey? Honey and lemon, of course!

It felt like a literal lightbulb went off in my and my mom’s head at the exact same time. So, since she had already written the recipe, we just used the earl grey instead of chai, added some lemon, and used honey as the sugar. It worked perfectly on the first try! But, they didn’t quite bake like we expected them to.

pulled back shot of stacked muffins with glowers, jar of honey, and tea pot

These cute muffins rose to the challenge…literally! I mean, the HEIGHT on these muffins is insane and we loved it. While they were baking, we jokingly called them soufflé muffins as they had literally puffed up so far out of the tins.

We expected them to deflate after cooling but…nope. These muffins are tall and proud. Which is great for us because that means even more muffin to enjoy! They’re so simple to make and taste absolutely delicious. Especially when served with an extra drizzle of honey! Messy, but so worth it.

Why You Will Love These Earl Grey, Lemon, and Honey Muffins

  • They’re SO simple to make. No mixer required!
  • Taste like a delicious mug of tea, but baked into a fun breakfast treat.
  • Perfect for dreary winter mornings or just whenever you crave a muffin.
  • Sweetened entirely with honey!
three stacked muffins white plate with glass of honey, tea pot, flowers, and stack of white plates behind

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

  • Whole Milk
  • Earl Grey Tea Bag
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Lemon Zest
  • Honey
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Eggs
  • Lemon Juice
flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, vegetable oil, tea bag, honey, and milk on marble counter

How To Make Earl Grey Muffins

Step 1: Brew the tea

Combine the whole milk and tea bag in a small sauce pan. Bring just to a boil and remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you want the tea flavor to be. Discard the tea bag and set aside to cool.

Step 2: Make the batter

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, vegetable oil, eggs, and lemon juice.

Whisk in the milk.

Pour the wet ingredients over dry ingredients and whisk until combined.

Scoop batter into lined muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown.

Can I Use A Different Tea For This Recipe?

While we wouldn’t recommend it, as it changes the flavor of the muffin, you can use a different tea. For this recipe, if you really can’t find earl grey tea, the next best may be Lady Grey or English Breakfast. English breakfast is vastly different from earl grey, as it’s a simple black tea, but it is an okay substitute.

How To Store

Once these muffins have cooled, you cans store them in a zip top bag and keep them in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can also freeze them in a freezer safe zip top bag for 1-2 months! They also reheat well. Just place in the microwave for about 30 seconds – 1 minute in the microwave.

earl grey honey lemon muffins stacked white plate with glass of honey behind, a tea pot, a stack of white plates, and flowers in vases

Expert Tips

  • Do NOT over-mix the batter.
  • Be sure to set a timer when you’re steeping the tea. You don’t want to over-brew it!
  • Fresh zest and fresh lemon juice work best in this recipe.
  • If you don’t have cupcake papers, you can grease the muffin pan.
  • A cake tester or toothpick is a great way to check if these muffins are baked!
  • If you opt not to serve these muffins with honey, increase the amount of honey in the recipe to 2/3 cup.

When you make these Earl Grey, Lemon, and Honey Breakfast Muffins, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

honey being poured onto stack of muffins on white plate with another muffin in front, a stack of paltes behind, flowers, and white teapot

Earl Grey, Lemon, and Honey Breakfast Muffins

Traci
The best muffin for dreary winter days! These Earl Grey, Lemon, and Honey Breakfast Muffins are like your favorite cozy mug of tea. Sweet, floral, lemon-y, and just SO. GOOD.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 earl grey tea bag
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • honey, to serve

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a muffin tin with paper liners or spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Combine milk and tea bag in a small sauce pan.
  • Bring just to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and cover.
  • Let stand 3-5 minutes.
  • Discard tea bag.
  • Set milk aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, vegetable oil, eggs, and lemon juice.
  • Whisk in cooled milk.
  • Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients.
  • Whisk until mixed. Do NOT overmix.
  • Use a 3 Tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the batter into the muffin cups.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 14 minutes.

Notes

  • Do NOT over-mix the batter.
  • Be sure to set a timer when you’re steeping the tea. You don’t want to over-brew it!
  • Fresh zest and fresh lemon juice work best in this recipe.
  • If you don’t have cupcake papers, you can grease the muffin pan.
  • A cake tester or toothpick is a great way to check if these muffins are baked!
  • If you opt not to serve these muffins with honey, increase the amount of honey in the recipe to 2/3 cup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 muffinCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 310mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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