I was at my sister’s house last week and my brother in law asked if I wanted to take some lemons from their tree in the back yard. I said, sure! So, I got a bag and started picking some lemons and all of the sudden an entire branch falls off with about 8 lemons attatched to it. I was cracking up, trying to hurry and pull all of the lemons off before they saw what I did to their tree. It was too late, Aaron saw it and made some cracks at me. Luckily they were cool about it! Thanks Kim and Aaron for the huge bag of lemons!
Since I have so many lemons, I decided to make some Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins this morning. This recipe was adapted from a website called Simply Recipes. They adapted it from Cooks Illustrated’s Blueberry Muffin master recipe. This is a great one!
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder (make sure your baking powder is no older than 6 months)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
10 Tbsp unsalted butter (1 1/4 stick), softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 Tbsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
1 Adjust the oven rack to the middle-lower part of the oven. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2 Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, poppy seeds, and salt and set aside.
3 In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together, beating until fluffy (about 2 minutes with an electric mixer). Add eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated after each one. Beat in the lemon zest.
4 Beat in one half of the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Beat in one third of the yogurt. Beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients. Beat in a second third of the yogurt. Beat in the remaining dry ingredients and then the remaining yogurt. Again be careful to beat until just incorporated. Do not over beat.
5 Use a standard 12-muffin muffin pan, or Texas size muffin tin. Coat each muffin cup lightly with olive oil, grapeseed oil, or a little melted butter using a pastry brush. Distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups. Bake until muffins are golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Test with a long toothpick (we use a thin bamboo skewer) to make sure the center of the muffins are done. Set muffin pan on wire rack to cool. After 5 minutes, remove muffins from pan.
6 While the muffins are cooling, in a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice for the glaze. Add more lemon juice if necessary. While the muffins are still a bit warm, use a pastry brush to brush the glaze over each muffin. The muffins will absorb some of the glaze, so you add more glaze to each muffin if you like.
Makes 12 muffins. Best eaten fresh and warm.