20 August 2013

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

If I have to choose a flavour dessert probably I would say lemon, of course I love chocolate, who doesn't? but I really love any dish with lemon. And these muffins are an example. I love their moist and crunchy, perfect for breakfast or as an snack and so good and pretty easy to do. You can get poppy seeds in herbalist shops, healty food stores or big supermarkets. This seed will not give actually a special taste, it is more the crunchy which makes this treat even more special. I use to make 6 and enjoy always a  tender and juicy muffin, so you will need to split the recipe in two. That time I did 12 since some friends were coming for a coffee at home. 

INGREDIENTS makes 12 muffins
260 g all-purpose flour
200 g white sugar
3 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
110 unsalted butter at room temperature
2 large eggs
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
240 ml greek yogurt

Preheat the oven to 180ยบ and line the muffin cups with paper liners or spray.
Combine and sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Cream the butter and the sugar on medium speed until fluffy and light. Beat the eggs in one by one, add the vanilla, the juice and lemon zest. Add in the dry ingredients alternately with the yogurt in 3 additions. Mix just until blended. Stir in the poppy seeds. 
Fill the muffin cups using an ice cream scoop or a big spoon. Place the tin in the middle of the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until they get golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 3 minutes and place it on a wire rack to cool completely..

Lemon glaze: 
powdered sugar, sifted
2-3 teapoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon melted butter

Mix together melted butter, lemon juice and enough powdered sugar until thinkens and smooth.   Drizzle over the muffins and serve.

Have a nice week 

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