Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
My husband and I are both huge lemon fans and I absolutely adore poppy seeds in many ways. This recipe is my first for lemon poppyseed muffins and I absolutely love the texture and flavor of these homemade muffins. Some of the store-bought variety seem to always have a vague metallic taste that I don’t understand in addition to being unnaturally neon yellow.
Since our family is trying to Get Real this year, we used unbleached flour and organic sugar (sometimes called blonde sugar…this is where we’re at in the sugar transition process, no HFCS or white sugar, but using organic cane sugar) in addition to the usual organic ingredients we use. I was really excited about how they turned out. They were fluffy and moderately sweet with just the right amount of lemony tartness and poppy seed crunchiness. The whole family gobbled these up. The little hands in a few of the pictures belong to Bug, our 3-year-old, who enjoyed helping mix these muffins as well as eating them.
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Kristi @ onceamonthmeals.com Adapted from Poppy Seed Poundcake Muffins
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 0.25 teaspoon salt
- 0.5 teaspoon baking soda
- 0.5 cups unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs (or egg substitute)
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 1 cup plain yogurt (we use whole milk yogurt; I don’t suggest using non-fat)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400. Line 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 the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in the lemon zest, yogurt, and vanilla extract until well blended. Stir in the flour mixture just until moistened. Do not over mix. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups using an ice cream scoop. Bake at 400 for about 18 – 20 minutes 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.
AFTER baking, divide among gallon freezer bags and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Microwave 30 seconds.
Servings: 4 (12 Muffins)
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