Lemon poppy seed muffins are one of the few types of muffins that utilize poppy seeds.Â The tiny little seeds don’t add much flavor to a pastry (not in small amounts, anyway), but add color and texture to an otherwise plain pastry. They fit well with lemon because they don’t detract from the delicate citrus flavor of the fruit while making the muffins ever so slightly more interesting. There is no reason that poppy seeds can’t serve the same purpose in muffins made with other flavors, so I subbed out lemons for fresh limes and baked up a batch of Lime Poppy Seed Muffins.
These muffins are moist and slightly chewy, with a top that has a nice crispness to it when the muffins are fresh out of the oven. Because limesÂ are more acidic than lemons, these muffins are very zesty and bright in their flavor. There is just enough sugar to take the edge off the limes and to really highlight their flavor. I stirred in a good amount of lime zest to make sure you can really taste it in the finished recipe. As always, I recommend using fresh limes for this recipe. If you have fairly large limes, you’ll probably only need 3 to get the required amount of juice.
The batter will fill the muffin cups up to the top when you’re dividing it into the pan. The batter is thick enough that your muffins should have a nice domed top that rises up above the muffin tin. You can get more (smaller) muffins out of the recipe by only filling the cups up 2/3 of the way, but you’ll need to reduce baking time by a few minutes if you choose to go that route. Personally, I love muffin tops and would take the bigger muffins any day.
Lime Poppy Seed Muffins
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 tbsp lime zest
2/3 cup lime juice (pref. fresh)
2 tsp poppy seeds
Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs. Beat in melted butter, lime zest and lime juice. Add all wet ingredients, along with the poppy seeds, to the flour mixture and whisk until just combined and no streaks of flour remain.
Divide evenly into prepared muffin cups.
Bake at 375F for 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Turn muffins out of the pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
Makes 12 muffins
DannyJanuary 21, 2009
Thank you for this recipe. I love lemon flavored cookies, cakes, pies. All of it. And the poppy seeds do make it more interesting. But beware your employer’s “pop” drug test, lest you end up suffering the same demise as Elaine Benes of Seinfeld. 😉
aletaJanuary 22, 2009
Oooo! What an interesting twist on lemon poppyseed. I’m working on remedying a marked dislike of lime, but this might help make some inroads. =)
ElyseJanuary 22, 2009
Ooo, I love lime! These muffins look absolutely perfect. Love your blog and all of your creative concoctions!
snooky doodleJanuary 22, 2009
I love poppy seed and lemon I bet with lime are as much yummy 🙂
LindaJanuary 22, 2009
I have to make these! We love anything lime!
SophiaJanuary 22, 2009
these look so good
did you make them as mini muffins? it looks like it in the picture…
NicoleJanuary 22, 2009
Sophia – No, those are regular-sized muffins.
Danny – I think the same thing every time I have poppyseeds! I always loved Seinfeld.
CookiePieJanuary 22, 2009
Yum! I love lemon poppy seed muffins – I bet lime would be fabulous!
DannyJanuary 22, 2009
Nicole – I absolutely love Seinfeld, too. So much so that I have them all on DVD. Funny thing is, I would rather watch the reruns on television. Go figure. Kind of off subject, but do you remember which character had the idea to sell just the “muffin tops”? They’re the best part. 🙂
TaraMay 6, 2009
Danny – I think that was Elaine too. They decided to give the leftovers to the homeless who were so insulted, as voiced by the staff representative, Rebecca DeMornay. I have them all on DVD too 😉
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EloiseJuly 4, 2009
Not to ruin the Seinfeld reference, but I know that George from Dead Like Me orders muffin tops for breakfast and they call it a Jayne Mansfield. I think its in the episode “In Escrow” or something, not 100% sure though. I’m not sure why, but that’s the first thing that came to mind upon discussion of muffin tops!
p.s. These muffins look amazing and I definitely can’t wait to bake again!!
KyleFebruary 5, 2010
I just finished making these, and they are amazing. I added a little extra sugar since I like sweet things and used fresh squeezed lime juice. Great recipe. Very tasty.