Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TWD: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins chosen by Betsy of A Cup of Sweetness.  I have never been a poppy seed muffin eater in the past. Not because I didn't like them, however. I'm a blueberry muffin gal through and through. But I wanted to give these muffins a try as well as poppy seeds because I honestly can't remember what they taste like.

These muffins were a breeze to make. I was able to put them together and have them in the oven in about 15 minutes. I only made a few changes to get them a little more Weight Watcher friendly. I substituted 1/2 of the white flour with whole wheat and used splenda in place of the sugar along with using light butter (Brummel and Brown. love it!).  At this point in the process, I was very impressed with the color and smell of the muffins. Even if they weren't good post baking, I was quite happy at that moment.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

I decided to leave the glaze off of the muffins. I'm sure it would have been delicious but I was only making a small batch and planning to freeze most of them. Dorie mentions that they don't freeze well with the glaze  so it was better for me to not do it.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

The muffins looked and smelled just as good out of the oven as they did before. It was very difficult not to eat one right away. But I held strong and waited until they cooled sufficiently. The lemon was the predominant flavor obviously and I loved it. Lemon in baked goods is always a favorite of mine and I use it whenever I can. I could not taste the poppy seeds (are we even really supposed too?). They did give the muffin a nice texture and slight crunch that I really liked. They also gave the muffin a beautiful appearance. The muffins were also less sweet than most muffins I've made and eaten in the past but I found that it was perfect for this muffin. If they had been sweeter, they would have been too dessert like and I see these more as a breakfast treat.

I would definitely make these muffins again. They were a nice snack (I made these right after dinner one night) but also an even better breakfast the next day. Another plus for them was how full they kept me. Most muffins leave me hungry about an hour or so later but these seemed to keep me fuller longer. I'm not sure why exactly though I think it helped that they weren't super sweet. I always seem to get hungrier faster with sweet things for some reason. It may just be in my head though!

Thank you to Betsy for the great pick! I was excited to find a new muffin to love!

You can find the recipe at A Cup of Sweetness or on page 10 of Baking From My Home to Yours. You can see more lemon poppy seed muffins from the TWD bakers here. See you next time!

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