By Dine & Dish on September 30, 2004
Photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
Photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
"These moist and delicious muffins are sure to be a hit at your next ladies brunch or tea!"
Serving Size: 1 (55 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
"I love this recipe, made it three times so far. They do rise nicely actually (I've posted a pic), and I do feel for every poster who got flat or sunken tops. Whoever braves baking deserves stellar results, for baking is not for the faint of heart.
Here's what I think:
I don't know how essential the eggs' temperature is (frankly, I never take the time to pre-warm the eggs; by the time they're mixed with the fat and sugar or beaten fluffy they're not going to be that cold anyway). But:
A. When the recipe says in steps 6, 7 and 9 "With the mixer on low speed", "Beat just until smooth" etc, etc., keep in mind that muffin batter needs to be mixed very, very little, so the dry ingredients are just moist. To me that means no mixer for mixing, but a wooden spoon, and "mixing" means lifting up and down with the spoon through the batter about 5 times, not more (5 turns for the dry ingredients, 5 for the yoghurt, etc) until the batter is barely mixed. Beat it more than that, and the wheat gluten will do something funny (resulting in dense muffins), the air from the beaten egg whites (that's supposed to make the muffins fluffy) will go wasted, etc.
B. Try mixing the baking powder with lemon juice before adding it to the batter. It will foam a lot, and that's exactly what it's supposed to do.
As one of my friends says, baking is a completely different beast compared to regular cooking. It's a bunch of chemical reactions, so you need to be careful with the amounts, the mixing, and temperatures. Nothing like that in soup or steak. :-) Here's to great, fluffy muffins!"
"The reason they were flat is probably due to the eggs being cold (straight from the fridge). When baking, eggs should be used at room temperature. You can either take them out 20-30 minutes before use, or put them in a bowl of warm water while you are doing your prep work.
I made them and they turned out very well, tasty too!"
"These have good real lemony flavour and they are nice and moist. I really wanted to love these but they just didnt quite meet my expectations. They didnt rise like I expected and I would have preferred a more yellow muffin."
"Fantastic. I made these in a pinch when I didn't have a box of lemon poppy seed muffin mix around. I used muffin tin liners & regular milk since I didn't have yogurt or butter milk on hand. I was not able to get my whites to soft peaks & I was running out of time to try, so they went into the mix rather foamy & that was all. They came out perfectly domed. I softened the butter a bit in the micro, but didn't melt. I separated the eggs early on, so they did warm a bit before they went into the mixture. I agree that there was very little mixing that happened toward the end of recipe prep & it was by hand. I don't bake cakes or muffins from scratch, but this was easy, if not a little time consuming. Will do again... everyone loved."
"My Father-in-law loves lemon poppyseed muffins and I only bake from scratch so I looked around and discovered this recipe. It was perfect. It's more time consuming than most muffin recipes but the resulting muffins are worth it."
"Wow, I love this. Dare I say this is better then my grandma's?! I followed the recipe exactly, I used the yogurt option, and they turned out amazing. I do think this should be called cupcakes not muffins! I also made a icing with yogurt, icing sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice, to top them with. They where so good! Thank you. MAKE THEM!"
"This recipe was absolutely amazing! I had no problem getting "muffin tops". I used plain yogurt and mixed by hand. My whole family thought they were fantastic!"
"These fell. I added 1/2 tsp lemon extract to help with flavor as I didn't have fresh lemons. Way to sweet. These tasted like cake and gave you a hairy tongue from the sugar like they were cake as well. I also cut the amount of poppy seeds by half as it would have been too much. No one here liked them tat much, but they did eat them they all said too sweet for a muffin, and texture was too cake like."
"I switched the flour to rice flour, used lemon yogurt instead of plain, left out the zest, added 1/2 cup of milk and a tsp of xanthan gum, and voila! Yummy gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins. :) Thanks for a great, easily converted recipe!"
"i made these this morning and was so happy with them. They rose beautifully and smelled delicious. A keeper for sure."
"These tasted good, but the recipe was fussy and the muffins turned out flat. I don't think I will be making these again."
"I've made these a couple times now. The flavor is good, but not quite as lemony as we'd like. I think I might try some lemon greek yogurt instead of the buttermilk next time. They are a little dry and crumbly, but that is due to the butter. I think I rather have the butter flavor than the moistness of oil in these muffins. I have some trouble with them sticking in my non-stick pans (even with spray). A nice muffin though. Thanks!"
"Excellent muffins! The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that I mixed them up using the regular muffin method, and they came out just fine--fluffy and flavorful. I used cast iron muffin pans and they didn't stick at all--just loosened the tops a bit and they flipped right out."
"I used a min-muffin tin, and the muffins were stuck to the pan. I used non-stick spray liberally, so I'm not sure exactly what happened. They taste very good though. I'd recommend using muffin tin liners!"
"This is a wonderful recipe. I had recently made Lemon Curd(#61278) and this time when making the muffins I poured 1/2 the batter into paper lined muffins tins, spooned 1 tsp. of Lemon Curd in centre and topped with remaining batter. Although my muffins weren't peaked but flat (probably due to curd)NOBODY complained. I'm thinking of trying them with oranges rather than lemons next time.( FYI - I don't always have plain yogurt or buttermilk so I have substituted sour cream and they still turned out.) Thanks for a great recipe KC."
"Mmmmm, very tasty! I made mine with Splenda, fat free plain yogurt and used extra lemon juice. Also made sure the eggs, yogurt and butter were at room temp. I didnt have any problem with the tops flatening like others, these were nice and round. This recipe is a keeper!"
"These muffins were really tasty. I didn't have buttermilk or regular yogurt, so I used Greek yogurt, which is much thicker. This resulted in what you might call either a very thick batter or very thin dough, so it was a little bit of a challenge folding in the egg white, but doing it very gently with a rubber spatula, it folded in quite nicely. Then I baked them and, guess what? I got muffin tops!!! Well, they weren't very tall, but at least the muffins were not sunken in like in the other reviews I read. I think I will make them next time with buttermilk to see if there's a big difference in taste, appearance and texture; but these disappeared very quickly."
"My muffins too were a bit flat, slightly concave actually, but the taste was amazing! Actually, my husband said the coffee shop where he used to work's poppyseed muffins were always flat as well, maybe it's a good thing? Either way, I will be making this again. I didn't have a lemon on hand so I didn't add any zest and it was still great. I also made a lemon/almond glaze to top them off. Thanks for posting!"
"Cons: I followed the recipe but they turned out completely flat. No beautiful muffin top. I have no idea why. Pros: Lovely, light texture. Not dense at all. Delicate."
"The taste was easily 5 stars. However I did not have any buttermilk and used clabbered milk (vinegar in milk) and then I probably did not beat my whites sufficiently so my cupcakes caved but it was likely my fault. However, the cupcakes were kind of fragile and they had a very light texture that I did not prefer. This is just personal preference. However, I believe I may try the recipe again and put it together in a more typical "muffin fashion". It is a very nice recipe."