• Thursday , 17 August 2017
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

 I will only do this again when I have a whisk and zester.  Proper tools any baker should have which I realized while making these muffins.  It was still a successful feat but a sore wrist afterwards since I had to make do with a fork, a wooden spoon, and a knife/peeler to beat egg whites “till they have soft peaks” and to zest two lemons.The last time I felt exhausted over a recipe was when I was challenged by co-workers to make Paula Deen’s Coconut Cake and I vowed then that I would just stick to cooking!One can’t stay away that long from love ♥*sappy!*
The recipecalled for buttermilk and since I had none, I made my own by using a Homemade Buttermilk Recipe by Emeril Lagasse
4 1/2 tsp lemon juice and 1 cup milk, set side for 15 mins
after 15 mins
(click me!)

Butter . Sugar . Eggs . Flour . Baking Powder . Baking Soda . Poppy Seeds . Lemon Zest . Salt . Buttermilk . Lemon Juice . Vanilla

 

cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy

I found that scraping the lemon zest with a knife was more effective than the peeler.

The best advice on making these muffins is from a recipe review by pinkro from the same website I found this muffin recipe in.  I suggest scanning the reviews for helpful and valuable tips for baking.

“Keep in mind that muffin batter needs to be mixed very, very little, so the dry ingredients are just moist”

*Egg whites, soft peaks* I need a wire whisk!
folding egg whites in the batter carefully
“Try mixing the baking powder withlemon juice before adding it to the batter, it will foam a lot, and that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do.”
baking powder + lemon juice = science experiment (that’s what it feels like!)
“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 have to be careful with the amounts, the mixing, and the temperatures. Nothing like that in soup or steak”
Making these muffins was exhausting sinceI had to make everything from scratch and with “primitive” tools, lol.
My wrist won’t let me forget!
I took them out 10 minutes too early so the top sank, I had to put them back in but by then it was too late.
 Nevertheless, these muffins were delicious.

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