Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


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Indulge in the refreshing flavors of our delectable Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. Bursting with tangy lemon zest and delicate poppy seeds, these muffins are a delightful treat that will brighten up your mornings or add a touch of sunshine to any occasion. With their moist and fluffy texture, these citrus-infused delights are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet snack throughout the day. Join us as we embark on a culinary journey to create these irresistible muffins that are sure to leave you craving more.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, with their delightful combination of citrusy zest and the gentle crunch of poppy seeds, are a beloved treat that has a history as bright and cheery as their flavor.

  • Early Muffin Origins: Muffins, in various forms, have been around for centuries. The term “muffin” dates back to the early 18th century and referred to a type of sweet bread roll.
  • Poppy Seeds: The use of poppy seeds in baked goods has a long history, particularly in Eastern European and Middle Eastern cuisines. These tiny, kidney-shaped seeds not only add a unique texture but also a nutty flavor.
  • Lemon’s Rise to Popularity: The pairing of lemon and poppy seeds likely began in the 20th century when lemon-flavored desserts gained popularity. The bright, tangy flavor of lemons complements the subtle crunch and earthy taste of poppy seeds perfectly.

Today, Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are a classic bakery item and a delightful addition to breakfasts, brunches, or afternoon tea.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Our Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are a delightful combination of tangy lemon and subtle crunch from the poppy seeds. Each bite offers a burst of citrusy goodness that will awaken your taste buds. These muffins boast a tender crumb and a lightly sweetened glaze that adds the perfect touch of indulgence. Whether you enjoy them as a breakfast treat or as a dessert, these muffins are guaranteed to become a favorite in your household.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 35 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 12 Calories: 260.41 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


For the bread dough:

For the glaze:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease it lightly.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, melted butter, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined.

  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently fold them together using a spatula. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are fine.

  5. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full.

  6. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

  7. While the muffins are baking, prepare the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice until smooth.

  8. Once the muffins are baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

  9. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled muffins and let it set before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 260.41kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.46g15%
Saturated Fat 5.24g27%
Cholesterol 52.42mg18%
Sodium 182.89mg8%
Potassium 73.21mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 40.4g14%
Dietary Fiber 0.88g4%
Sugars 23.63g
Protein 4.04g9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.


Tips and Variations:
  • For an extra burst of lemon flavor, add a teaspoon of lemon extract to the batter.
  • If you prefer a stronger lemon taste, increase the amount of lemon zest.
  • You can substitute buttermilk for regular milk to add tanginess and moisture to the muffins.
  • Customize your muffins by adding a handful of blueberries, raspberries, or diced strawberries to the batter.
  • Sprinkle some additional poppy seeds on top of the glaze for an attractive finishing touch.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Enjoy these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins as a delightful breakfast on the go, a brunch centerpiece, or a sweet treat with your afternoon tea. Serve them warm or at room temperature.
Allergen Information:

Here's the allergen information for Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins:

  • Gluten: Traditional muffin recipes contain wheat flour, which contains gluten. To make gluten-free versions, you can use gluten-free flour blends.

  • Dairy: Some muffin recipes include butter and milk. You can use dairy-free alternatives like almond milk and vegan butter to make dairy-free muffins.

  • Eggs: Eggs are a common ingredient in muffins. You can replace eggs with alternatives like applesauce, yogurt, or commercial egg replacers for vegan muffins.

Wine or Drink Pairing:

Pairing a beverage with your Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin can enhance the flavors:

  • Tea: A classic choice, black tea or herbal teas like chamomile or lemon verbena complement the citrusy notes of the muffin.

  • Coffee: Coffee lovers can enjoy a cup of their favorite brew, whether it's black coffee, a latte, or cappuccino.

  • Iced Lemonade: For an extra burst of lemon flavor, pair your muffin with a refreshing glass of iced lemonade.

Storage and Leftovers:

To keep your Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins fresh and delicious:

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