Lemon Poppy Muffins
From supermarket aisles to those backlight bakery cases in every diner across the country, lemon poppy-seed muffins are ubiquitous, and easy to love. Buttery and soft, tart and sweet, they are soothing in their simplicity, while seeds add just a bit of crunch. This version gets a healthy dose of lemony tang thanks to an ample amount of grated zest and a zippy lemon-juice glaze. It’s important to spring for fresh fruit here, as opposed to anything that comes in a plastic bottle. The bright flavor of real lemon goes a long way.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 2 ½cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½teaspoons baking powder
- ½teaspoon baking soda
- ½teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾cup granulated sugar
- ½cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled slightly
- ½cup whole milk
- ½cup sour cream
- 2large eggs
- 2tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest (from 2 large lemons)
- 2tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4teaspoons poppy seeds
- 1cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
Step 2In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, butter, milk, sour cream, eggs, lemon zest and juice, and poppy seeds until well combined.
Step 3With a large rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. Do not overmix. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cups and bake until puffed and set, and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer the muffins, in the tin, to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Then remove the muffins and let cool completely on the rack before glazing. (Alternatively, if you'd like, glaze the muffins while they are still warm. The glaze will run more, giving you an all-over glazed look.)
Step 4Prepare the glaze: Whisk together confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice until smooth. Add a little more lemon juice if necessary to make a thin but pourable glaze. Drizzle some of the glaze over each muffin. Let stand at room temperature until the glaze is set.