Monday, June 14, 2010

Lemon Poppy Seeds Muffins

I have not been baking for the last one week :p but the moment I saw this lemony loaf from Gertrude's blog - My Kitchen Snippets , she just triggered the baking craze in me and I knew I had to use up all the lemons in the fridge. I have a bad habit of stocking lemons and I buy them in packs of 6 :p  the greedy nature in me perhaps, I stocked them up for cheesecakes and for making lemon tea. And before the blue poppy seeds expired on me ,I better use them to make delicious and refreshing Lemon Poppy Seeds Muffins . This moist and tangy goodness just have to be good and true to its name , for  its' fragrance is enough to make you go for a second helping :))

Love the lemony fragrance and the moistness of the muffins makes it different from other muffins. The texture is fluffy and moist , a texture of a cupcake and a muffin. Thumbs up for this muffin in cupcake liner :)) A keeper for sure . The poppy seeds add a light crunch with each bite and this is a great muffin for children party, pot luck , picnics and for tea snacks or even as a dessert piece after a hearty meal. 

the lemony fragrance wafting out of the oven during baking
filled the air and makes me hungry...just can't wait for the muffins
to be out of the oven....and when it does...the first to savor is...
of course this Momsie LOL! I am always the first to
tax the first batch of bakes :p

cooling before glazing with lemon icing :)

love the fluffy and moist texture of this lemon muffin

the lemon glazing does wonders to the muffins
simple to make and a real complement to the muffins

a great treat for all who love tangy flavored cakes :))

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - adapted from Joy of Baking with a bit of tweaking on my part
( Makes 12 muffins )
( Printable Recipe )

Ingredients :

2 cups ( 260 grams ) all purpose flour
1 tbsp of poppy seeds
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup ( 113 grams ) unsalted butter - melted and cooled
1 cup (200 grams) castor sugar
2 large eggs
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 cup ( 240 ml ) plain yoghurt or sour cream - do not use non-fat yoghurt or sour cream)
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Lemon Glaze ( optional)

1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners suger ( powdered or icing )
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Note: Lemon zest is the yellow outer skin of the lemon that contains the fruit's flavor and perfume.


Preheat oven to 400º F (205º C ) and place rack in center of oven. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or spray each muffin cup with a non stick vegetable spray.

In a bowl, whisk the flour with the poppy seeds, salt and baking soda.

In a bowl , rub the zest with the castor till the sugar is wet and the tangy flavor is infused into the sugar.

In another mixing bowl , blend together  melted butter, eggs, yoghurt/sour cream, lemon juice and pure vanilla extract and the sugar mixture. Stir in the flour mixture into the butter mixture and lightly stir till well combined. Do not over stir.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Bake for about 18-20 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about five minutes before removing from pan.

Lemon Glaze :  Place sugar in a small bowl and stir in the lemon juice. While the muffins are still warm, drizzle the tops with the glaze.

Enjoy drooling these tangy and sweet delights !

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  1. Hi Elin, the muffins look so soft and moist, and lemon flavour... think of it made me salivated already :P

  2. Elin, I have some tea ready.....bring some over and let's chat along!

  3. Elin, they look great. Looks like I gotta make lemon cakes with glaze as well yeah? I love how the crunch from poppy seed gives the cake a lovely texture . Beautiful to look at and certainly beautiful to eat!

  4. Thank you Elin...these cakes are out-of-the-world.. never taste such nice cakes before.. :) must praise sky high.. but frankly, they were very nice.. with the lemon toppings against the sweet and butterish, hhmmm... now i m still drooling..

  5. They look great! I like the feeling of poppy seeds. It's tiny and crunchy.

  6. Jess....this lemon poppy seed muffins is really soft and moist. A good one :)

    Angie.....I wish you were just next door :) try this out. Poppy seed and lemon are great combo for muffins :)

    Claire...hope you really like are the lucky one to get to taste it :p the light crunch :)

  7. I love the look of the glaze on these!

  8. Hi baking serendipity...thanks for dropping by :)

  9. Elin, I tried the same recipe too for my lemon-poppy seed muffins! Love the cake-like fluffy texture of those muffins! Hey, I just learned not too long ago that poppy seeds are banned in SG. So, don't bring anything poppy seed along when you visit there. =) I'd definitely don't ... Haha! My duit will fly away if kena confiscated ...