March 19, 2011

# Muffins

Orange Vanilla Poppy Seed Muffins

Near my home is a lovely European bakery. It has been there for many years and I have been going there since I can remember. I have many memories of this bakery.

The first slice of cake I ever had came from this bakery. It was a vanilla cake with mocha frosting. I can't say that I remember it but I've heard that I enjoyed it. Needless to say, after that simple grocery store cakes and ice cream cakes just didn't cut it. I had to have their cake.
On my 18 birthday, I could not decide what cake I wanted. The kind people at that bakery cut half chocolate mousse and half a chocolate cake covered in nuts to put them together. I will never forget that cake.

I love every pastry at this bakery but by far my most favourite thing are the muffins. Delicious buttery muffins, that aren’t too sweet, and have crunchy tops. My favourite type of muffin is the poppy seed one. I have always loved poppy seeds.

I remember one morning when I was blessed enough to have a fresh muffin still warm from the oven. It was one of my best experiences ever.

Sadly a few months ago this bakery closed without warning. I was depressed by the fact that I will never get to have one of their delectable poppy seed muffins again.

These muffins were made in memory of that bakery. They may not be quite as delicious but you won't regret eating them.
They're made with fresh orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla. The combination makes them taste somewhat reminiscent of a creamsicle but I assure you that with the addition of crunchy delightful poppy seeds they are even better.

Vanilla Orange Poppy Seed Muffins
Makes 10

½ cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
½ tbsp orange zest
Juice from half a navel orange
1 tsp vanilla
A few cut up pieces of orange (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400°F
In a large bowl whisk together flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds
In another bowl beat together egg, milk, and oil. Add zest, juice, and vanilla then beat until combined
Fold wet ingredients into the dry mixture until just combined. Toss in the orange pieces if using.
Divide batter among muffin tins
Bake muffins for 15-20 minutes until tops are golden brown

What is your favourite muffin?


  1. I make lemon poppyseed muffins all the time, but this orange and vanilla version sounds so delicious!

  2. I can see why these are your favorite! They look delicious! I love poppyseeds and citrus as well, and made a tart this weekend using both of those things...great minds think alike :)! I don't think I could pick a favorite muffin, there are so many good ones ;)!

  3. Just hate to see bakeries close. At least you'll be able to make your own muffins and remember the place fondly. Great flavors!

  4. Of course, this looks delicious. And I'm so sad that your bakery closed. But more importantly, I wanted to thank you for your kind words and thoughts. During this dark time, this blogging community means more than I can easily express. Thank you. Hold onto those you love this week.

  5. i Could never be creative enough to even think of making muffins like this!! They sounds so so good and look even better!

  6. I love poppyseed anything. There are some Mennonites close to the house that I grew up getting poppyseed muffins from. They are so delicious. These look wonderful!

  7. I love poppyseed muffins! It's hard to choose my favorite flavor, but I'd have to go with pumpkin :)

  8. My favorite muffin is the classic blueberry. I've been eating them since childhood and still get a bite of nostalgia every time I have one.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I guess with a name like Cupcake Kat you must be a lover of sweet things :)

  9. I love baking to a certain memory. My favourite muffins would be something that has lotsa of dried fruits, chocolate chips and various nuts in it.I love picking at all these gems while eating a muffin. Your muffin with the poppy seed looks wonderful. I bet they make good breakfast!

  10. I'm drooling over baked goods with poppy seeds, reminds me of my moms baking. Your muffins look really beautiful, orange and vanilla are a lovely addition!

  11. I hate when my favorite bakeries close! These muffins are just beautiful and I love anything with poppy seeds. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! :)


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