Monday’s Muffin – Lemon Poppy Seed

by kitchenarian on February 21, 2011

I have decided to start a new Monday series on muffins.  Why Mondays and why muffins you ask? Well, Mondays in general need a bit more fanfare than they receive, I love muffins, and I have a weakness for alliteration. I just love how it rolls off the tongue – Monday’s Muffin.  Where this will lead, I’m not sure; how long it will last, no one knows.  We will make up the rules as we go along.

This recipe comes from my newest cookbook, Baking, From My House To Yours, by Dorie Greenspan. When I first starting looking through this book, I was drawn to this recipe. Maybe because the past few days have been a little bit warmer and the sun has sporadically peeked through the clouds to remind us that it is still capable of warming our cheeks when we stand in its presence. And besides, lemons and sunshine just go together. This is a lovely recipe and I hope it warms your day.


2/3 cup sugar
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 – 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter muffin tin or use paper liners. In a large bowl, add sugar and grated lemon zest. Rub sugar and lemon together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and the aroma of lemons is strong. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and butter until well blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir gently but quickly. Don’t over mix the batter. Add poppy seeds. Divide among the muffin cups and bake 15 – 20 minutes until the tops are golden. Let cool in pan for five minutes before gently removing muffins. Let cool completely. Mix confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice for glaze and drizzle over muffins.  Makes 12 muffins.


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In Katrina's Kitchen February 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

omg! First I LOVE the idea of doing a “Monday Muffin” segment!!! Wow! And second – these look stunning. Simply stunning! Finally – okay so the shot of the muffins with the lemons in the miffin tin…CUTENESS!!! Love love love!! 🙂 – Katrina


Toby February 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

you know I love me some lemon ~ poppy seed! The lemon glaze on top is the just the bonus.



RavieNomNoms February 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

Those muffins look so tasty! Lemon poppyseed is definitely one of my favorite muffins ever, aside from blueberry. They look beautiful! Happy Muffin Monday! 🙂


Jill Colonna February 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

I love lemon and poppy seeds together. They look scrumptious. Cheers to Monday’s Muffins!


Sous Chef February 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

How could you do Monday Muffins without me?!? This is cruel!! Haha, well these look absolutely amazing, I’m so jealous I can’t enjoy them at home. Your pictures are gorgeous too 🙂 Be prepared for a Muffin-Off competition when I’m home for break!


kitchenarian February 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Ha ha. I will count the days Sous Chef until you are home and we bake muffins together.


Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen February 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Mondays muffin does indeed roll off the tongue! These look so much more delicious than my ho-hum lemon poppyseed muffins from a few months ago, yums!


Happy When Not Hungry February 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

These muffins look so tasty and delicious! Looking forward to all your Muffin Mondays!


Christina February 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm

These are adorable- love them. Will be baking soon. Thanks for sharing.


Tiffany February 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

Oh, I think I can smell the warm glaze dripping from those muffins! YUM!


yummychunklet February 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

These muffins look great! And, I love the series title! It does roll off the tongue!


briarrose February 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Muffins on Monday is a wonderful plan. I look forward to seeing them all. 🙂 I am a bit of a muffin hound. They much such good breakfast and snack items.


Liz February 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

This is one of my daughter’s favorites…I know she’d love the addition of a glaze! Yummy~


Claudia February 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm

One of my favorite muffins and you did them proud! I could drop by each and every Monday morning…


Susan February 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

My friend, Deni makes an awesome poppy seed bread and this recipe looks equally yummy. And … I can never resist a good muffin!


Quay Po Cooks February 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Your Monday’s muffin looks mouth watering delicious! Looking forward to see muffins for the rest of the weeks 😀


snippets of thyme February 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I am so excited tonight! I have found more food blogs. I feel like I have been swimming in a sea of fashion blogs. I cannot wait to join in on everything here. Thank you!


Erik February 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Something about lemon and poppy seeds, such an amazing combination! While I know spring is not here, these muffins seem to remind me that it’s not far off! Love the idea of Monday Muffins, and glad to see you are getting into your new Dorie Greenspan baking cookbook.


The Cilantropist February 25, 2011 at 12:33 am

I love that last photo of the muffins and the lemons in the tin!


Sunny February 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I’ll have to try these! Yum!


Patricia March 5, 2011 at 7:42 am

Mondays are great for muffins because they can be easily packed in lunch bags or serve as a great breakfast-on-the-go for the rest of the week. And a muffin-off with daughter? How fun! I am excited to make them because I just bought a container of Meyer Lemons for the first time – don’t see them in the market much – and am anxious to try recipes using these lemons.
I love your writing. Each recipe, article, review, your history, philosophy, and the mother-daughter notes, endear me more. This is my first visit and I will be a regular.


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