For our first BWD: Baking with Dorie Challenge, my baking partner Grapefruit from Needful Things and I, decided on Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins on Page 10 and 11 in Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my home to yours .
The muffins have an incredible subtle lemon flavor throughout that isn't overpowering, while the poppy seeds add a great contrast and a nice little crunch. Also with the addition of sour cream to the batter it makes the crumb of the muffin very light and moist. The glaze which consist of lemon juice and powdered sugar provides an additional dimension and a little bit of a jolt.
The muffin dough doesn't require an electric mixer, it is all stirred together by hand. The batter starts with one of Dorie's typical elements of rubbing sugar and lemon zest together until well combined and fragrant. You then whisk in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl you mix melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream which then gets added to the dry ingredients. After all ingredients are well incorporated (without over mixing) you add the poppy seeds.
The batter is then put into paper cup lined muffin tins and baked.
After the muffins are cooled, add the glaze to finish the muffins.
The muffins were incredible. They are not too sweet which makes them perfect for breakfast. I also love anything lemon so that was another big plus. I had fun baking these muffins along with Grapefruit, so please go on over to Needful Things and check out her take on them.