Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lemons!

As I'm in the middle of my second week of testing, I haven't had much time to cook, much less take pictures of my cooking! So, I struggled to come up with something for sweetnick's ARF Tuesday. I went to the internet...lemons! I have a lemon muffin recipe I haven't posted and, as they have Vitamin C, lemons are antioxidant rich. Be sure to check out Sweetnick's for more great recipes.
I made these muffins when I went home at spring break. My mom had some friends coming into town and I decided to make them a breakfast treat. At first I was a bit disappointed in these...they were kind of dry, but Mama said that after they zapped them in the microwave a bit, they moistened back up. So, take a whirl at these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Dorie Greenspan...just be sure you're not going to be taking a drug test any time soon. Our pathologists told us that they REALLY DO give a positive opium result on a drug screen!


Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
from Baking from My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan

2/3 cup sugar
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla etract
1 stick (8 T) butter, melted and cooked
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds

Preheat ovento 400 degrees F. In a bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers until the scent of lemon is strong. Whisk the dry ingredients into the sugar. In another bowl mix together the wet ingredients (sour cream to butter). Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir quickly and gently. Some lumps may be there...this is better than overmixing. Stir in the poppy seeds. Divide batter evenly among the cups of a prepared muffin tin. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the top is golden and a knife interted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pan and then remove the muffins from the tin. If desired make icing (1 cup confectioners' sugar and 2-3 T fresh lemon juice) and drizzle over the muffins.

11 comments:

Freya and Paul said...

I love the crunch of the poppy seeds in the muffin and the tang of the lemons. Delicious!

Linda said...

I love lemmon poppyseed anything. I will have to give these a try. Good luck with your testing!!!

Alisha said...

Oh yummy! You know I really have to get that book...

Good luck with your testing!

gail said...

Ooh, they look very good!
Hope the tests are coming along ok.

Claire said...

Freya and Paul - It's amazing the flavor poppy seeds add. If you forget them...there really IS a difference!

Linda - I do too. Thanks for the well wishes.

Alisha - GET IT! There are so many things I want to try and so little time.

Gail - Thanks. The tests are okay...three more until studying for a month. I'm just ready for tomorrow's test to be over...pharmacology...NOT my subject!

Glenna said...

They're really pretty. Love that you really can test positive. hehe. How about a poppyseed muffin with a side of Narcan?

Anonymous said...

I think lemon has got to be one of my favorite flavors in baked goods. It's so satisfying and delicious! Good luck on exams, I'm in the same situation myself. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Annie said...

I've heard that about the drug testing too. Weird. I love the flavor of lemon and poppy seed too. I haven't had them in a while-thanks for reminding me.

Kristen said...

Lemon poppyseed muffins are one of my favorite! Yummy!
Hope your tests went / are going well.
Good luck!

Red Dirt Mummy said...

They look great Claire, although with the silly allergies I can't make these ones (well, I could make them but I couldn't eat 'em!).

When we lived in a different mining town many years ago the bakery stopped using poppy seeds because of the drug testing issues. Ys, money really does talk!

Claire said...

Glenna - Ha! I think with just a muffin, the Narcan might be worse than the poppy seeds.

Ari - Citrus flavors are so refreshing. I hope your tests are going well. My roomie starts her exams on Tuesday. I just finished mine finally!

Annie - Yep...kind of like that Seinfeld episode when Elaine kept failing her drug test and couldn't figure out why...poppy seed muffins!

Kristen - Thanks! Tests are done and hopefully passed. Just one more at the end of May.

RDM - Sorry about the allergy. I've got another citrus recipe coming up, so sorry about that!