Lemon poppyseed muffins

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Lemon poppyseed muffins
Lemon poppyseed muffins

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    tablespoon baking powder

  • 3

    cups flour

  • 1/2

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 3

    tablespoons poppy seeds

  • 1/2

    teaspoon table salt

  • 10

    tablespoons unsalted butter , softened

  • 1

    cup granulated sugar , less 1 tablespoon

  • 1

    tablespoon grated lemon zest

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 1 1/2

    cups plain low-fat yogurt

  • Vegetable cooking spray or additional unsalted butter for muffin tins

  • 1/4

    cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4

    cup lemon juice

Directions

LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS Published January 1, 1997. Makes 1 dozen large muffins. WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: When developing our muffin recipe, we wanted to wind up with a muffin with a rich, full flavor and a thick, crisp crust protecting its fragile, tender crumb. We wanted our muffin recipe to produce a real beauty, sporting a perfectly round, mushroom-like cap with a pronounced and crisp overhang. We began by testing mixing techniques and chose creaming, which produced the most tender crumb. Liquids were up next, and we found that low-fat yogurt delivered the finest crumb and the most rounded and crusty top. To get that big mushroom-like cap, we increased the amount of batter by one-third. Remember, if you're short on time, you can melt the butter, mix it with the eggs, and stir it into the dry ingredients. When thoroughly mixed, beat in the yogurt and proceed with the recipe. INGREDIENTS F INSTRUCTIONS 1. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, poppy seeds, and salt in medium bowl; set aside. 2. Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add lemon zest to butter-sugar mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in one-half of dry ingredients. Beat in one-third of yogurt. Beat in remaining dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with yogurt, until incorporated. 3. Spray twelve-cup muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray or coat lightly with butter. Use large ice cream scoop to divide batter evenly among cups. Bake until muffins are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Set on wire rack to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and glaze. 4. For Glaze: While muffins are baking, heat 1/4 cup granulated sugar and lemon juice in small saucepan until sugar dissolves and mixture forms light syrup, 3 to 4 minutes. Brush warm syrup over warm muffins and serve. TECHNIQUE Filling the Muffin Tinuy 1. For clean dispensing and uniform size, use an ice-cream scoop to fill muffin tins. 2. When baking less than a full tin, fill empty compartments with water to ensure that heat is evenly conducted.

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