Moist and Fluffy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 18 mins

Taken from 'The Canadian Baker' Blog. Absolutely the best texture I've ever had. Moist, fluffy, and light. Adaptable for blueberry lemon muffins, raspberry orange etc. I will add more lemon juice next time as I found it not zesty enough, and will cut back on the poppy seeds slightly. A simple lemon glaze makes this the perfect sweet treat for a cold day or an after lunch dessert.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Adjust rack to top third of oven and preheat to 350' F Grease muffin tin with shortening.
  2. In large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds.
  3. In separate bowl combine buttermilk, oil and eggs, whisking gently.
  4. Grate lemon and add zest to dry mixture, stirring well.
  5. Squeeze juice from lemon to form 1/3 cup (add more if lemon does not produce required amount, I measured 1/2 cup for my batch for more zing)
  6. Pour lemon juice into dry ingredients and blend slightly (keeping the lemon juice separate from milk will prevent curdling). Pour in wet ingredients from bowl and mix only until blended, Do not over mix.
  7. Spoon into tin and bake until top is slightly golden, about 18-20mins or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Make a simple glaze from powdered sugar, lemon juice and milk for an extra sweet treat.


Most Helpful

I really liked the texture of these muffins, which was not too dense or cakey. Based on the other reviewer and my general feel for muffin recipes, I think the instruction to add 1 tablespoon of baking powder was a mistake, so I used 1 teaspoon each of baking powder and baking soda, and that was fine. I also cut the sugar from 3/4 to 1/2 cup, because I don't like a sweet muffin. The muffins came out a little bland -- perfect level of sweetness, but needed more salt (probably to compensate for the reduced sugar) and more lemon flavor. So next time I will double the salt and use the juice and zest of two lemons. Overall, though, I really enjoyed them and they are a great basis for adapting a lemon poppyseed muffin recipe -- thanks for posting!

German-American Baker Girl April 10, 2016

It overflowed all over my oven! Too much baking powder! I will stick to my old recipe next time. Very disappointing.

jakejants August 30, 2015

I have not made these. I honestly don't know how a muffin could have 600 calories in it. Is it a misprint?

Holly R. July 19, 2015

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