Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Pass the tea

We’re still having all sorts of fun with our new/old kitchen scale and copy of Ratio. Just remember poppy seeds can get you in all sorts of trouble if you overindulge. Take it away Mr. Peterman.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  • 8 ounces flour (about 1 1/3 cup)
  • 8 ounces milk (about 3/4 cup)
  • 4 ounces sugar (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest from one lemon

Preheat oven to 350 and grease muffin tins. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine milk, eggs, butter and lemon juice and zest. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into prepared pans. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden on top and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Note: Michael Ruhlman’s ratio for muffins calls for twice as much butter, but to us these were plenty buttery. If you add more, we’ll never know.

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51 Responses to Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  1. Yum! One of my favorites! I bet these muffins are amazing.

  2. Yuri says:

    Ruhlman’s ratio is one of my favorite books/apps :) muffins look amazing! Happy #MuffinMonday!

  3. spree says:

    Love Ratio, love the scales, and believe I’d love those lemony muffins!

  4. nrhatch says:

    Yummy! And I love the Rooster too! :D

  5. Joanne Ozug says:

    I love ratio! Such a great book. Lemon poppy seed muffins are just the greatest, yours look beautiful!!!

  6. A_Boleyn says:

    Lemon and poppyseed are a perfect pairing. :)

  7. Mmmm! I love the combination of poppy seeds and citrus. It’s always a winner! Bookmarking this recipe to try out soon :)

  8. What a singular teapot! I’ve been meaning to get and read Ratio. Pass the muffins, please — I could do with dessert tonight.

  9. Lovely muffins – yay, I can us my lemons! Loved the clip, have never seen this programme, very funny :)

  10. jo-lyn says:

    Lemon Poppy Seed are one of ‘The Hubs’ faves!! He’ll be thrilled! =)

  11. Definitely my favourite muffin! Love your recipe. :-) Mandy

  12. Tandy says:

    I have a HUGE packet of freshly picked poppy seeds, so thanks for something to do with them :)

  13. Very nice. I love lemon poppy seed muffins. Great for brunches!

  14. I just love the taste of lemon. It just wakes me up whenever I have lemon tea (my version of lemon and hot water lol). These muffins would be a perfect addition to my everyday baking items.. yes I try to bake something every week :)

  15. Raymund says:

    Love the lighting and composition of that photo

  16. I have a weak spot for lemon poppy seed muffins and right now I am having a weak moment. Don’t forget them to heat them up before you send them by air mail to Hong Kong! Take Care, BAM

  17. Love the muffin and the teapot!

  18. Rachel says:

    Mmmmm! You *know* anything lemony makes me happy… I think I’ll make this as a loaf and to **** with portion control – I’ll take my chances! :-)

  19. I haven’t had lemon poppy seed muffins in years. Gotta love lemon, it’s so refreshing especially in the morning!

  20. aFrankAngle says:

    I love lemon poppy seed muffins. I regularly make flavored oat bran muffins, but (sad to say) I have not had much luck with lemon poppy.

  21. ChgoJohn says:

    I saw “Poppy Seeds” in the header of your post’s email and immediately thought of Elaine. I used to enjoy a poppy seed muffin at my favorite little coffee shop in my old neighborhood. Had I known they were this easy to make, I would have put up a pot of coffee, made a batch of your muffins, and saved myself a few dollars.

  22. That looks like a bit of sunshine on a plate…wonder if I can get the Munchkin to eat them?
    Oh, who cares… they wouldn’t exactly go to waste if she won’t!

  23. onewomaninaricefield says:

    Oh WONDERFUL! I bought poppy seeds 2 months ago just because I wanted to learn to make these muffins. Now I have a reliable recipe too. Excellent.

  24. zestybeandog says:

    I love poppy muffins, this is a beautiful picture as well, nice work!

  25. Kristy says:

    These are Mr. N’s favorites!

  26. spicegirlfla says:

    Mmm…I’m not familiar with Ratio and feeling completely left out here!! Need to fix that right away! These are adorable muffins, perfectly balanced and of course, I like that you reduced the butter! I wouldn’t change a thing!!

  27. Yum! Now I want lemon poppy seed muffins and tea for breakfast. Can I come over? ;)

  28. egg me on says:

    Look at your fancy rooster teapot! That’s awesome. And these muffins sound gooood.

  29. niasunset says:

    How would have been so nice to be your neighbour and knock your door for a cup of tea :) These are so beautiful… Thank you dear Rufus, have a nice day, with my love, nia

  30. Lemon Poppyseed…hands down my favorite muffin and these are calling to me!

  31. I thought of the exact same Seinfeld episode, Greg. I love the nutty, earthy flavour of poppy seeds, and they pair with lemon so wonderfully! Nice to see you cut down the butter a bit :-).

  32. Caroline says:

    One of my favorite kinds of muffins, mmmm. I spy with my little eye a rooster!

  33. hmmm, lemons…check. Poppy seeds…check. Eating them today?….check.

  34. OK….
    1. The muffins look amazing!
    2. I WANT the tea kettle!!
    3. I had not heard of Ratio, so I of course read everything review and comment made and ordered myself a copy of the book!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Seriously…. I WANT the kettle!!!

  35. Oh these look yummy! Love me a muffin that goes well with tea…..(and that tea kettle is amazing!)

  36. Kathy says:

    This is my first time on your blog and just want you to know I’m glad I found it! Lovely muffins and really love your stuffed peppers on the previous post!

  37. Delicious. Jealous of your teapot:) it seems perfect for your guys!

  38. rutheh says:

    I can smell the lemon fragrance. I can’t believe I posted Twinkies on a day when these are sent out into the Blogosphere. I should be ashamed of myself. These look perfect.

  39. Charles says:

    Oh yay – I’ve got that book too… isn’t it fantastic? The muffins are looking food – I love the combo of lemon and poppyseeds together :)

  40. Shame on whoever didn’t click on the link to listen to Mr. Peterman….hilarious! And that’s why I don’t eat poppy seeds period.

  41. Carolyn Chan says:

    You can’t buy poppyseeds in Singapore! I love poppyseeds (other than they seem to love getting stuck in my teeth after haha

  42. my favorite! these are gorgeous.

    ~Melissa

  43. Stef says:

    Any time I see poppyseed muffins (lemon or otherwise), that clip is EXACTLY what I think of! :)

  44. I haven’t had poppy seed muffins in forever! Thank you for putting the idea of making them into my head.

  45. Nothing beats a mix and bake batter – gorgeous photo! I feel like reaching in and grabbing one!

  46. We just love poppy seed muffins with coffee, tea or milk. I make them all the time. These look so good.

  47. Gina Marie says:

    These look great! My son would love em.

  48. Oh these look so pretty and light! ‘Liked’ to make some day.

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