When I open up a new Bon Appetit, I usually read it in reverse. That’s because the last page in each issue lists all the recipes in that issue. It saves me a lot of time, because let’s be honest, I rarely care about anything that isn’t a recipe in a food magazine.

The first recipe that grabbed me was the lemon poppy seed muffins. Their recipe called for making “mini-muffins.” I’m not normally a “mini” kind of guy. What’s the point really? I mean, I just end up eating 4 of them instead of one normal muffin and it is a lot more work. I have to butter 4 things instead of 1. Annoying.

I wanted to make them though, and I know that Betsy does like to snack on the mini versions so I ended up making a few different sizes.

It looks like there are three different sizes of muffins, but really there are just two. The medium sized ones should look like the big one in the front, but I underestimated the amount of batter. Oh well. They all tasted the same.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Light and wonderful lemon poppy seed muffins made from scratch!


  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, about ½ a lemon
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • ½ Cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • Zest from one lemon, mayhaps the same lemon you are using to get lemon juice!
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ Cup poppy seeds


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter your muffin tins and lightly dust them with flour or line the tins with muffin papers.
  • Whisk buttermilk and lemon juice together in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, combien the dry ingredients in the recipe. In a third, large bowl add the butter, sugar, and lemon zest.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar using a hand mixer or a stand mixer until smooth.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time. Then add ⅓ of the dry ingredients and stir together followed by ½ of the wet ingredients. Add half of the remaining dry ingredients, then the last of the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Add in the poppy seeds last and stir until just combined.
  • Fill the muffin tins about ¾ of the way full.
  • Bake muffins at 350 degrees for 22-24 minutes until they are cooked through.
  • Let the muffins cool briefly before chowing down. They are best slightly warm with a little butter.


Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit 05/2009.


Serving: 1Muffin | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breads, Breakfast & Brunch

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Preheat your oven to 350 and butter and flour your pans. Could you use muffin papers? Sure. I didn’t happen to have any though so this works just as well.

Very important if you ever want to actually eat your muffiins.
Very important if you ever want to actually eat your muffins.

Then you’re going to need three bowls. Mix up your buttermilk and lemon juice in a small bowl. Your dry ingredients in a medium bowl and your butter, sugar, and zest in a large bowl.

My Illustrator skills are amazing.
My Illustrator skills are amazing.

These are the steps to make the batter. It isn’t that hard. Don’t freak out on me.

– Cream together your butter and sugar on medium speed until all the sugar and butter are combined and you have a nice light mixture.
– Mix in your two eggs, one at a time.
– Add 1/3 of your dry ingredients and combine.
– Add 1/2 of your wet ingredients.
– Add 1/2 of your remaining dry ingredients.
– Add the rest of your wet ingredients.
– Add the rest of your dry ingredients.

Get it? So you start by adding dry ingredients and you end with dry ingredients. You can eyeball the amounts though. No need to get all scientific.

Once the batter is smooth, add in your poppy seeds. If you haven’t bought poppy seeds before, they are in the spice section.

No drug tests soon right?
No drug tests soon right?

It looks like a lot of poppy seeds, but they are actually pretty mild. I find that they do more for texture than flavor.

Mix it up.
Mix it up.

Once your batter is all set, fill up your muffin tins.

In the pans.
In the pans.

Bake these at 350 for 22-24 minutes. Surprisingly, the larger muffins only take an extra minute or two to cook.

I under-filled mine just a bit. They didn’t quite form the nice muffin top I was looking for. That’s life though.

Pretty muffins.
Pretty muffins.

I took some leftover batter and made one correct muffin, which I called the king muffin. I set up a small kingdom where it ruled all the other muffins. Then Betsy came in and asked why the hell I was playing with muffins so I had to stop.

The king of the muffins.
The king of the muffins.

These guys had a lot of flavor and were really moist. We were able to snack on them all week long.

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