Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

These have to be the best muffins ever – the crème de la crème of muffins.  THE muffin of all muffins, well for me that is.  They are light and spongy, slightly sticky on top, and make you hum with every bite and are perfect with a cup of tea.  I am actually thinking of renaming them Lemon and Poppy Seed Cupcakes and adding an icing glaze on top.  Just a thought for now.

Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins



125ml cooking oil
125ml sugar
2 extra large eggs
250ml natural yoghurt or buttermilk
125ml lemon juice
3ml grated lemon rind
60ml poppy seeds
500ml cake flour
3ml bicarbonate of soda
15ml baking powder
2ml salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C.
  2. Beat the oil and sugar together.
  3. Add the eggs and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. Add the yoghurt, lemon juice, rind and poppy seeds.
  5. Sift the dry ingredients together and fold into the wet mixture – the batter should still be lumpy.
  6. Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling each about two thirds full.
  7. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown.


Submitted by:  Mandy Frielinghaus, Mauritius


22 thoughts on “Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

  1. Hi Mandy, this is fantastic as I end up buying these with my latte at work every Friday. I have no excuse now to go and make my own and save myself the £1.50 each week *lol*. Not only that but I can alter ingredients to adjust flavour and texture accordingly.

    • Hi Keith, thanks for stopping by again. Brilliant news that you are going to use these as your “base” recipe going forward. I would love to hear about the variations you make. Also, sending you some island warmth and sunshine to help with all the snow and cold. 🙂

    • Hi Natalie. I do hope you enjoy these as much as I do, and yes they are lovely and light. I was thinking of either a plain icing sugar and water glaze or alternatively an icing sugar and cream cheese combo.

  2. These are always a favorite when I make them. Your post reminds me that it has been some time since I made a batch…off to the kitchen I go!

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