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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins 柠檬罌粟籽玛芬糕

by Angie Liew
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A Wonderful Muffin Recipe For Lemon Lovers: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

If you are a lemon freak and loves dessert, these lovely Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins may just be for you. They are wonderfully dense and moist, buttery and lemony. Bursting with light citrus flavour and with a little added crunch from the black poppy seeds, these muffins make a delicious morning or afternoon tea treat. Just love how the black poppy seeds dot the batter and the lemon zest and juice flavour the muffin. Certainly a sure winner.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

A Super Easy Muffin Recipe For Everyone

These Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are extremely easy to make too. Start by whisking together the DRY ingredients. Then beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Next, mix the batter well with the WET ingredients. Slowly fold in the dry flour mixture, spoon into muffin cups and bake till golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean.  Lastly glaze the top with a tangy lemon glaze and we’re done!

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Moist and Dense Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins With A Beautiful Pound Cake Texture

Contrary to normal muffin, this Lemon Poppy Seed muffin is more like a pound cake with its rich flavour and  its moist dense texture. The yoghurt added contribute to this really rich flavour and dense moist texture. The muffin batter is meant to be very thick which results in a perfectly dome shaped top when baked. However, even though the batter is thick, the muffins will still bake into very light, moist and fluffy muffins. The muffins have just the right sweetness, not overly sweet.

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Soft and Moist Lemon Muffins With A Citrusy Tart Flavour, Drizzled With A Lemon Glaze

The lemon zest and lemon juice in the muffin batter add just the right balance between the tart citrus flavour and sweetness in the muffins. These Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are great as is, but they taste even better drizzled with the tangy, citrusy lemon glaze. The lemon glaze not just impart an extra lemon flavour to the muffins, it also keeps the muffins nice and moist so they store pretty well too.

Last but not least, the lemon flavour really comes through in these baked muffins.  Every bite is packed with tons of tart lemon flavour and a little added crunch from the poppy seeds. It is simply irresistible. A delicious dessert for lemon lovers of all ages. As always,  Enjoy!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins 柠檬罌粟籽玛芬糕

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
If you love lemon desserts, these lovely Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are perfect for you. They are wonderfully dense, moist, buttery and lemony. Simply incredible!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes

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Dry Ingredients:

  • 260 grams all-purpose flour, 2 cups, sifted
  • 4 grams baking powder, 1 tsp
  • 2 grams baking soda, 1/2 tsp
  • 1 gram salt, 1/4 tsp
  • 200 gram sugar, 1 cup
  • 15 gram poppy seeds, 1 1/2 tbsp, or chia seeds
  • 1 lemon, zest of one lemon

Wet Ingredients:

  • 113 grams butter, 1/2 cup, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature, large eggs
  • 240 grams yoghurt / sour cream, full fat plain yoghurt/sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Lemon Glaze:

  • 50 grams sugar, 1/4 cup
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed


    Preparing to make muffins:

    • Preheat oven to 180C
      Preheat oven to 180 C and place the oven rack in the centre of oven.
    • Line a 12 muffin pan with muffin liners.
      Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.

    Preparing dry ingredients:

    • Have ready all dry ingredients.
      First, have ready all the DRY ingredients.
    • Whisk together all dry ingredients.
      In a bowl, whisk together the sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds.
    • Grate lemon zest
      Next, using a microplane or box grater, grate lemon zest from one lemon.
    • Rub lemon zest into sugar.
      Add the grated lemon zest into the sugar. Using a fork, rub the lemon zest evenly into the sugar and set aside. And we are ready to make the muffin batter.

    Making the muffin batter:

    • Have ready all wet ingredients.
      Have ready all the WET ingredients.
    • Beat butter and sugar till soft and fluffy.
      In a bowl of a stand mixer and using a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar (with lemon zest) on medium high speed until light ad fluffy. This takes about 5 minutes. While mixing, stop the mixer to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything gets all mixed together.
    • Beat egg, one at a time till smooth.
      Then beat in eggs, one and a time, beating well after each addition.
    • Add yoghurt and vanilla.
      Next add in the plain yoghurt and vanilla extract. Beat until well blended.
    • Add flour mixture and beat till just moistened.
      Then add in the DRY flour mixture and start to beat on low speed and beat until JUST moistened. Do not OVERMIX.
    • Spoon batter into muffin pan.
      Remove bowl from stand mixer. Using an ice-cream scoop, spoon batter into each of the prepared muffin cups.
    • Each muffin cup of 60g.
      For the smaller muffin cups (such as IKEA DRÖMMAR pan), batter used for each muffin cup is 1/4 cup batter or 60g batter.
    • Each muffin cup is 80g batter.
      For bigger size muffin cups (regular pan), batter used for each muffin cup is 1/3 cup batter or 85g batter.
    • Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
      Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes.
    • Bake the muffins till rise and golden brown.
      The muffins will rise and turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out clean.

    Making Lemon Glaze:

    • Lemon glaze ingredients.
      While the muffins are baking in the oven, prepare the lemon glaze. Have ready lemon glaze ingredients.
    • Cut lemon in halves.
      First cut the grated lemon earlier into halves.
    • Extract lemon juice.
      Using a juicer, extract the lemon juice.
    • Strain lemon juice.
      Use a strainer to strain the lemon juice into a measuring cup. This is to remove seeds and pulp from the lemon.
    • Heat sugar and lemon juice
      To make the lemon glaze, first add sugar into a small saucepan. Then add in the strained lemon juice.
    • Stir till sugar dissolved.
      Using medium heat, stir till just until the sugar dissolved.
    • Lemon glaze.
      Pour into a small bowl and set aside to use as glaze once the muffins are baked.

    Glazing Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins:

    • Leave baked muffins on wire rack.
      When the muffins are baked, remove from the oven and leave on a wire rack.
    • Glaze hot muffins with lemon glaze.
      Using a pastry brush, IMMEDIATELY brush the top of hot muffins with the lemon glaze. Then leave to cool a while.
    • Remove glazed muffins from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
      Then remove the muffins from pan and leave to cool completely on wire rack. Can be enjoyed fresh, can be stored a few days or can be frozen till needed as well. So Enjoy!


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  • When grating the lemon zest, only grate the outer yellow skin. Do not grate the white underneath of the lemon as this will be bitter taste.
  • You can also use chia seeds, instead of poppy seeds.
  • Lemon zest tends to form clumps in the muffin batter. so be sure to mix the lemon zest in the sugar to prevent clumps. Also the sugar will absorb all the lemon flavour from the lemon zest. Hence will give the muffins more lemon flavour.
  • When making muffin batter in a stand mixer, always scrap down the sides and bottom of the bowl as much as needed to make sure everything gets all mixed together.
  • When mixing flour mixture in the batter, always start mixer on low speed to prevent flour mixture from coming up. Do not overmix. Otherwise this will result with tough muffins.
  • This muffin batter is meant to be thick. A thicker, stiffer muffin batter makes for a tall, puffy, bakery-style muffin and no flat-topped muffins .
  • When making lemon glaze, just heat up sugar and lemon juice over medium heat just until the sugar dissolved. You can also make the lemon glaze in a microwave oven. Just heat the sugar and lemon juice for about 20 seconds and give it a stir. 
  • The lemon glaze will impart an extra lemon flavour to the muffins and also keep the muffins nice and moist. So they store well.
Course: Baking
Cuisine: Baking
Keyword: lemon, Muffins

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Nick December 16, 2021 - 11:21 pm

I have tried out this recipe and it turned out good. Thanks for sharing.
Between, can this recipe bakes as round cake with size 8″ with 2 inch tall?

Angie Liew December 19, 2021 - 9:40 pm

Glad you like it. Thanks for your feedback.

babydevilz90 November 20, 2020 - 10:03 am

tried it and is a great moist cake

Angie Liew November 21, 2020 - 10:07 am

Thanks for your feedback. Great to know you like it.

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