Some muffins can be boring, especially if you’re used to making them from a boxed mix, and your choices are somewhat limited. If I’m putting in the time and effort to bake muffins then I want them to be special and worth the effort that went into making them. I can say that these little gems are way special and way good. I will even go so far as to say they are elevated to greatness by the addition of lemon curd baked in the middle of each one and fresh lemon zest in the batter and lemon juice in the icing.
This is how I used some of the curd that I made and wrote about here.
Is this extra work? Heck, no! I like to see the flecks of lemon zest in the dough and taste that deep lemon flavor in every bite. Most people would probably agree that muffins are a breakfast ( or brunch) food, but I say eat them anytime you heart desires. Think afternoon tea and a lemon muffin. Oh, yeah, they’re that good!
LEMON CURD FILLED POPPY SEED MUFFINS
- 2/3 cup granulated 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 vanilla extract
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
- lemon curd
For the icing:
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1. Preheat the oven to 400*F. Place paper muffin cups in a regular-sized muffin pan. Place muffin pan on a baking sheet.
2. In a large bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers until the sugar is moist. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. 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 quickly stir to blend. (Be mindful not to over do it here) Stir in the poppy seeds.
4. Fill muffin cups with half of the batter and put a teaspoon full of lemon curd in each one.
Fill in with the rest of the batter.
Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Cool muffins on a rack completely before icing them.
5. When the muffins have cooled, put the confectioners’ sugar in a bowl and add about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the lemon juice. Stir together and keep adding small amounts of the juice until you get a drizzly consistency. Use a spoon to drizzle icing over the tops of the muffins.
SOURCE: adapted from Baking: From my home to yours by Dorie Greenspan