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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

By Emma :

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

First and foremost, a heartfelt thank you to all of you who’ve been on this flavor-filled journey with me! Your enthusiasm and feedback light up my kitchen experiments more brightly than the sunniest day. Today, I’m beyond excited to share a recipe that promises to sprinkle a little zest into your baking repertoire: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. I promised you versatile, and here’s proof!

Ingredients

To whip up these little rays of sunshine, you’ll need:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • Grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

How to Make Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, poppy seeds, and lemon zest.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients: In another bowl, beat the eggs, then add yogurt, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, mixing until smooth.
  4. Combine wet and dry mixtures: Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Remember, a lumpy batter makes the best muffins!
  5. Fill the muffin cups about three-quarters full with the batter.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Helpful Tips

  • Don’t overmix the batter; this keeps your muffins light and fluffy.
  • Use room temperature ingredients to ensure even mixing and a uniform texture.
  • Add extra lemon zest for a more intense lemon flavor that truly pops!

Substitutions/Variations

  • Gluten-Free: Swap the all-purpose flour for your favorite gluten-free flour blend.
  • Dairy-Free: Use almond or coconut yogurt and swap the vegetable oil for coconut oil.
  • Vegan: Replace the eggs with flax eggs and use dairy-free yogurt.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use bottled lemon juice? A: Fresh lemon juice is preferable for the brightest flavor, but in a pinch, bottled works!

Q: How long do these muffins stay fresh? A: They’re best eaten within 48 hours but will keep for up to a week in an airtight container.

Storage Instructions

Store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months. Just thaw overnight on the counter or pop in the microwave for a quick warm-up!

More Relevant Recipes

If you loved these muffins, don’t miss out on trying these other delightful recipes from my blog:

  • Chicken Parmesan Casserole: A cozy and comforting dish that’s perfect for a family dinner.
  • Honey Bun Brownies: A sweet twist that combines the gooey richness of brownies with the delightful flavors of a classic honey bun.

FAQs

Q: Can I make these into mini muffins? A: Absolutely! Just reduce the baking time to about 10-12 minutes and check for doneness.

Q: Can I add a glaze? A: For a sweet touch, whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice for a delicious glaze!

Remember, every bite of these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins is a bright burst of joy, perfect for morning tea, a quick snack, or as a sweet finale to your day. Bake, share, and bask in the lemony glow! Happy baking, and let me know how they turn out!

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x

Description

Bursting with bright, citrusy flavors and a delightful crunch from poppy seeds, these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are your ticket to a cheerful start! Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or as a charming addition to your brunch table, these muffins promise to deliver zest and joy in every bite. Let’s dive into a recipe that’s as fun to make as it is to eat!


Ingredients

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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • Grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, poppy seeds, and lemon zest.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients: In another bowl, beat the eggs, then add yogurt, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, mixing until smooth.
  4. Combine wet and dry mixtures: Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Remember, a lumpy batter makes the best muffins!
  5. Fill the muffin cups about three-quarters full with the batter.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • Light and Fluffy: Avoid overmixing to keep the muffins light.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: This helps to mix the batter evenly, improving texture.
  • Extra Zest: For an enhanced lemon flavor, don’t hesitate to add more lemon zest.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Trans Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.5g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 1.5g

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