Moist and delicious, these Lemon Poppyseed Muffins have a burst of jam in the center that matches perfectly with the bold lemon flavor in the muffin. These muffins make a great on the go breakfast with your cup of joe as you head out the door to work!
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
I admit it, I am addicted to muffins! In Dorie Greenspan’s Baking cookbook she has quite a few different muffin recipes. This morning I decided that I would make a batch to take over to my parents to give to my brother Steve’s family for their trip home. I have totally fallen in love with this cookbook. I love the fact that Dorie gives you hints and tips and also gives you ideas to “mix it up” some and make the product more special!
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
From this cookbook, I learned that you can really bring the flavor of lemon out in the recipe by rubbing the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers!
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
While rubbing the sugar and zest together you will be confronted with this amazing aroma!
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
When making these, you can put your favorite flavor jam in the center. I love blueberry while Grumpy loves red raspberry!
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
These muffins are good stored at least up to 3 days (how long they lasted in our house anyway!). I kept mine in an airtight container on my counter (did not refrigerate).


Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Recipe Type: Muffin
Author: Dorie Greenspan: Baking
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Serves: 12 muffins
Moist and delicious, these Lemon Poppyseed Muffins have a burst of blueberry in the center that matches perfectly with the bold lemon flavor in the muffin.
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 6 Tablespoons Jam (any flavor you prefer)
  • For the Icing
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I used 2 tablespoons)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, rub sugar and lemon zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of lemon is strong. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter together until well blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently stir to blend. Do not over stir!
  3. Fill the muffin tin half full with better. Place 1-1/2 teaspoons blueberry jam in center of each muffin cup. Divide the remaining batter evenly among the muffin cups over top of the jam. Bake 18-20 minutes. Transfer pan to a cooling rack. Cool 5 minutes then remove from pan. Cool completely, then glaze with icing.
Dorie suggests putting some jam in the center of the muffin. I added some blueberry jam and it turned out delicious! I highly recommend doing this.[br][br]Suggested baking time was 18-20 minutes. My muffins were ready at 16 minutes.

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