Sunday, 12 February 2012

Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins

The weather is awful this morning in London, it’s cold and gray. I woke up quite early, so early for a Sunday! So I decided to start my day in the best possible way: baking! I love muffins, as they are so simple to make, giving me enough time to take a lot of pictures, to process them and finally choose the ones that I like the most. Well, happy Sunday everyone, it is now time to have a nice cup of double espresso with one of my little muffins...

Ingredients (makes 10 muffins)
  • Plain flour, 225 g
  • Butter, unsalted, 100 g
  • Caster sugar, 125 g
  • Sunflower oil, 30 g
  • Milk, 90 g
  • Free-range eggs, 2
  • Poppy seeds, 3 tbs
  • Baking powder, 2 tsp
  • Bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon (the grated zest), 1
  • A pinch of salt

For the lemon glaze
  • Icing sugar, 100 g
  • Lemon juice of 1 lemon


For the muffins
Preheat the oven to 180ºC and line a muffin tin with 10 paper cases. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and set aside. In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together: sieved flour, caster sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs for about 10 minutes. Now add all the liquid ingredients: melt butter, sunflower oil and milk. Add the grated zest of a lemon and mix well. Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl that contains the dry ingredients. Mix well and divide between the paper cases, filling each one to just over half way. Bake in the preheated oven for about 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden. In doubt, test one muffin by inserting a clean toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the muffins can be removed from the oven. Let cool completely.

For the lemon glaze
In a small bowl, squeeze the lemon and remove the seeds. Sieve the icing sugar. Gradually add the icing sugar to the lemon juice, mixing well. Continue adding sugar until you obtain a dense, smooth consistency.
When completely cool, drizzle the muffins with the lemon glaze, and decorate with extra lemon zest if desired.

Muffins al limone e semi di papaveri

Ingredienti (per 10 muffins)
  • Farina OO, 225 g
  • Burro, 100 g
  • Zucchero, 125 g
  • Olio di semi di girasole, 30 g
  • Latte, 90 g
  • Uova, 2
  • Semi di papavero, 3 tbs
  • Lievito chimico per dolci, 2 tsp
  • Bicarbonato, 1/2 tsp
  • Scorza di un limone
  • Un pizzico di sale

Per la glassa al limone

  • Zucchero a velo 100 g
  • Il succo di un limone

Pre-riscaldare il forno a 180ºC e disporre 10 pirottini in uno stampo da muffins. In un pentolino far sciogliere il burro a bassa temperatura e mettere da parte. In un recipiente abbastanza capiente versare tutti gli ingredienti secchi: la farina setacciata, lo zucchero, i semi di papavero, il lievito, il bicarbonato ed un pizzico di sale. In un altro recipiente sbattere le uova per una decina di minuti. Aggiungere il burro, l’olio di semi, il latte e la buccia grattugiata di un limone. Mescolare bene il tutto. Versare i liquidi nel recipiente degli ingredienti secchi e amalgamare bene. Con il composto ottenuto, riempire a metà (o poco più ) i pirottini ed infornare per 18-20 minuti. Nel caso siate insicuri sui tempi di cottura, inserire uno stecchino in uno dei muffins, e se questo esce asciutto, sono pronti. Togliere dal forno e lasciare raffreddare.

Preparare la glassa
Spremere il limone in una ciotolina. Setacciare lo zucchero a velo e iniziare ad aggiungerlo al succo di limone, mescolando. Aggiungere abbastanza zucchero fino a quando si raggiunge la consistenza desiderata (pittosto densa).  Decorazione Con un cucchiaio versare la glassa sui muffins e decorare con altro limone grattuguato se si desidera.
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  1. ooooooh Laura, these are delicious! Yes, long time no speak! But I see you are still baking up a storm! I love anything lemon. I must try these.

  2. Hey Russell, thank you, but they don't look as good as yours. What a beautiful website you have, I'll be following you for sure. Cheers.

  3. I'm a mufin girl myself and its been a while sice I've made some, these would be wondeful for breakfast - a bit of citrus to wake you up on wintry mornings.

    1. True Shaheen :-0. I had a look at your blog, do you have your own allotment? I would love to have one and be able to grow my own vegetables.

  4. These look so cheery for grey winter days. Love lemon bakes - always such winners!

    1. Hey Lucy, yes, they are perfect for grey winger days (unfortunately we have many in London!). Lucy - hoping not to sound patronizing - you are a real talent! Are you really just 16?? Your recipes look delicious, I am impressed. Why don't you add a following gadget on your blog so that I can see your recipes every time you post a new one.

  5. I am officially craving lemon. We are not allowed them in our 100% British diet... May not get that tree Mr Britain in our Kitchen was talking about...