Saturday, August 1, 2009

July m.o.m. - Whole Grain Lemon-Poppy Seed muffins

I know that today is actually the first day of August, and I'm just now posting the July muffins-of-the-month. My mom has been on vacation in Maine for the last part of the month, so I made muffins to have bring with me when I pick her up at the airport later today. Lemon-Poppy Seed might be her very favorite muffin flavor, so when I saw a recipe in my new King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking book, I knew I had to make it. Nothing says "Welcome Home" better than your favorite muffins, right?

n.o.e.'s notes:

- I've heard great things about the book, so my hopes were high for my inaugural KAFWGB recipe.

- The recipe is for a Lemon-Poppy Seed bread, but gives directions for making a muffin variation. Scroll down to find the recipe as I made it.

- I followed the recipe exactly as written, with one exception: I didn't have lemon yogurt, so I used nonfat plain yogurt and added about 1/4 tsp of lemon extract.

- Actually there was an unintentional change from the recipe that I didn't realize until I typed it up - I only used 1/4 cup of lemon juice rather than the 1/2 cup that the recipe specifies.

- I order oat flour through my farm box, and it's fairly coarse. I love the texture that it gives my breads and other baked goods.

- There was enough batter to fill 15 silicone cupcake cups, which are a little bit smaller than the wells on regular muffin tins. I only made 14, so a few overflowed.

the verdict:

I loved these muffins, and I hope my mom loves them also. Some lemon poppy seed muffins are fluffy and cake-like, but these are moist, compact, and chewy from the oat flour. They are quite lemony and a little crunchy from the poppyseeds and the browned edges.

Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread (or Muffins)

1 1/2 cup (6 oz) white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (1 5/8 oz oat flour
3/4 cup (3 1/8 oz)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 oz) unsalted butter
1 cup (7 oz) sugar
2 large eggs
2 T grated lemon zest (was 2 lemons for me)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (oops, I used 1/4 cup)
3/4 cup lemon yogurt, non-fat to full fat (I used plain non-fat yogurt)
1/4 tsp lemon extract (my addition)
1/4 c (1 3/8 oz) poppy seeds

[There is an optional lemon glaze, which I omitted.]

1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

2. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until fluffy.

3. Add the eggs, one at a time.

4. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients

5. Add the lemon juice.

6. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients

7. Add the yogurt and poppy seeds.

8. Add the remaining 1/3 of the dry ingredients.

9. Scoop the batter into muffin liners or prepared pans (makes about 15 smallish regular muffins)

10. I baked at 360 convect/bake setting for 15 minutes, cooled a few minutes then popped them out of the muffin cups and cooled on a rack.


TeaLady said...

Those look and sound delicious. It is hard to find a good lemony muffin recipe.

Hope your mom likes them.

The Food Librarian said...

Yummy. Two of my favorites. Lemon and poppy seed! :)

Audrey said...

I really want to try these! Lemon poppy seed muffins are one of my favorites, but they almost never have any nutritional value! The oat flour is very intriguing. I'm glad your first foray into this book was a hit!

Marthe said...

Gorgeous muffins! I've never used poppy seeds in my baking or cooking, now I really want to try them!!

Kayte said...

Lemon Poppy Seed favorite! Anything lemon is my favorite, right? These look delightfully delicious. Am happy your first recipe from this book was a hit!

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Engineer Baker said...

Those look wonderful! And I absolutely love KAF Whole Grain Baking - just a fantastic book.

Cristine said...

Looks fantastic! I love lemon poppy seed anything! :)

NKP said...

They look great! I love lemon.
I have had great results from all the KAF recipes that I have tried.

mike said...

Love lemon-poppyseed, lemon-anything! Wow - thanks for posting that fantastic recipe. And I love how you incorporate "healthy" ingredients. :) They look fantastic Nancy - and quite delicious!

Anonymous said...

The muffins sound delicious. I'll have to check out the recipe.

Is there no end to the things you can order from your farm box? That and your freezer, that's never-ending too. :P

natalia said...

Ciao Nancy ! Your mom must have been very happy with you and her favorites muffins waiting !!! I love lemon a lot so I should try this recipe (but first I have to catch up you on BBA!!) ciao !

Unknown said...

Your muffins look delicious Nancy! You know, I borrowed the KA Whole Grains book from my library weeks ago and haven't made anything yet. What a shame! Maybe tomorrow if it cools down here a bit I'll crack it open.

Di said...

I am quite envious of that farm box of yours. =) The muffins sound delicious. I have KAFWGB but haven't really baked from it yet.

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