On a recent Sunday morning my husband requested some lemon poppy seed muffins for breakfast. He rarely asks for any baked goods (shocking, I know!), so I was happy to fulfill the request. These muffins come together quickly so you won't have to wait too long to enjoy the fruits of your early morning breakfast labor. I prefer to bake them in muffin tins without liners so I can enjoy the crisp texture that is lost when the muffin liners are used. The glaze is optional, but my husband and I agreed that it added and enhanced the flavor of these little delights.
LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS
Adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker
INGREDIENTS - MUFFINS
2/3 cup sugar
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
INGREDIENTS - GLAZE
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or fit the
molds with paper muffin cups.
2. In a large bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your
fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of lemon strong.
Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large
glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the sour cream, eggs,
vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter together until well blended. Pour
the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a
rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don't worry about
being thorough - a few lumps are better than over mixing the batter.
Stir in the poppy seeds. Divide the batter evenly among the muffins
3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a thin
knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer
the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each
muffin from its mold.
4. While the muffins are still warm, whisk together the confectioners'
sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl to make the glaze. Drizzle a
small amount of the glaze over each muffin. Let the glaze set before
serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room