I have had Meyer lemons in many restaurant dishes, but never had cooked with them myself. When I saw them at Trader Joe’s, I was inspired to incorporate them in this scrumptious lemon poppy seed muffin. Meyer lemons are a mix between lemons and mandarins and have a sweeter taste and a softer texture than regular lemons. I once again turned to Cooking Light for a dependable lemon muffin recipe and with a couple of changes produced a moist and tender masterpiece. I love that these muffins use ricotta and olive oil to achieve the flavors of Tuscany. You could definitely skip the glaze to save calories, but I always like an extra touch of sweetness. I am slowly, but surely, building up my muffin recipe file and this one will definitely be put to use many times in the future.
Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Cooking Light
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Serves: 12
 

A light lemony breakfast muffin or afternoon treat!
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • ¼ cup fresh meyer lemon juice (2-3) lemons
  • 1 teaspoon natural lemon extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsps poppy seeds
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • lemon turbinado sugar for topping

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Sift together flour and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; make a well in center. Whisk ricotta and next 6 ingredients (through egg) in small bowl. Add ricotta mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in poppy seeds.
  3. Place 12 muffin-cup liners in muffin cups. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake at 375° for 15-16 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.
  4. Stir together sugar, lemon juice, extract and water until smooth. Spoon onto muffins and sprinkle with lemon sugar

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins | Au Bon Gouter

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins | Au Bon Gouter

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins | Au Bon Gouter

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