#MuffinMonday: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

fb5cd-muffin2bmonday2bcropThere is a coffee shop near our home that we walk by quite often on our walk to and from Whole Foods. When we first moved here we discovered how incredible their muffins are, and Firecracker particularly fancies them. If he’s hungry or tired, he’ll declare that he wants a muffin as we walk by. And now that he’s in a forward facing car seat, he asks when we’re driving, too!

Normally we order a blueberry, cinnamon, or chocoalte muffin, but last time he went to the coffee shop with my husband, they got a lemon poppy seed muffin. I’m going to assume they were running low on the day’s muffin stock. Turns out he liked it so much we had to make some at home! Brining us to the first #MuffinMonday (and muffin) of the year.


#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin!

You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.

These muffins are best served with a bit of butter.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


  • 2 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 C sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, lemon zest, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sour cream, eggs, and lemon juice. Combine wet ingredients into dry. Fold in the poppy seeds.
  4. Divide batter among 12 muffins. Bake 18 minutes.

*This recipe is adapted from Jess at http://jessfuel.com/2015/07/08/lemon-poppy-seed-mini-muffins/*

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Baba Ganoush Muffins from Food Lust People Love

Basic Banana Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Gruyère, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins from Karen’s
Kitchen Stories

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Healthy Tiramisu Muffins from Farm Fresh Feasts

Maple Bacon Muffins from Palatable Pastime

Orange Oat Muffins from Passion Kneaded

Poppy Seed Muffins with Dried Cherries

Last month I used dried cherries in my #FoodieExtravaganza post. I had some dried cherries leftover and conveniently found a recipe to use them in  Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen.

If you recall, my parents were in town the weekend I made the ice cream. (My dad was my inspiration for using dark chocolate!) I whipped up these muffins the night before my dad had to leave. He was catching a very early morning flight and had to leave at 4:30! I made these muffins so he could have something to eat in the car if he so desired.

I didn’t have a full cup of cherries leftover so I simply polished off the bag using what I had. The result was delicious poppy seed muffins with a few dried cherries here and there. You could substitute with your favorite tart dried fruit in this recipe if you wish – cranberries, blueberries, chopped apricots could work well too!

Oh, and I forgot to sprinkle the tops of the muffins with extra sugar so they didn’t quite have that expensive coffee shop look, but we didn’t seem to mind.

Poppy Seed Muffins with Dried Cherries


  • 2 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • zest 1 orange
  • 1 C dried cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a standard muffin tin or line it with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Stir in the poppy seeds and orange zest.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Toss the dried cherries in a little bit of flour to coat. Gently fold into the muffin batter.
  6. Fill prepared muffin try 2/3 of the way full.
  7. Sprinkle with extra sugar (optional).
  8. Bake 20 – 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly.

*This recipe is adapted from Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen*

Poppy Seed Muffins | Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

It’s always fun to see what people come up with during the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. I’ve pinned a few recipes but I’ve never made someone else’s CIC recipe.

Until now.

For this month’s Mustard and Strawberries challenge I had considered doing a salad with strawberries and honey mustard dressing, but that wasn’t creative. It never occurred to me to make a dressing! Pure genius. And pure deliciousness.


Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing


  • 1/2 C (5-7) fresh strawberries, stems removed and cut in half
  • zest and juice of 1 clementine
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 C extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds


  1. In a food processor combine strawberries, clementine juice/zest, honey, and mustard until smooth. With the machine running stream in olive oil. Season with S+P to taste, if desired.
  2. Remove the blade from the food processor and stir in poppy seeds.

*This recipe is adapted from Cindy at http://www.hunwhatsfordinner.com/2014/02/strawberry-poppy-seed-dressing-crazy.html?m=1*

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing