Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

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Coming to the end of a big work project and the arrival of a friend’s birthday calls for some delicious celebratory orange poppy seed muffins. I seriously love the combination of orange and poppy seed together, or lemon and poppy seed for that matter, and it had definitely been a while. These I picked up from a nifty little book I had sitting on the shelf aptly titled Cupcakes: a fine selection of sweet treats. As often enjoyed, this super simple recipe is virtually a two-step process and baking time required is next to none.

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Ingredients

The batter

  • 40g poppy seeds, plus extra for decoration
  • 125 mL warm milk
  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 185g self-raising flour, sifted

The icing

  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 140g icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 teaspoons finely grated orange zest

Essential kitchen items

  • Hand held electric beater
  • Muffin tray/s to hold 15 muffins

Makes 15

Method

The batter

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a muffin tray with your favourite muffin liners. Give the milk about 20 seconds in the microwave to warm up. Then combine the poppy seeds and milk together in a bowl, give it a stir, and set aside to gel up.

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Place the softened butter, zest, caster sugar, eggs, flour and poppy seed mixture (after about 15 minutes of rest) in a large bowl. Beat (with a hand held beater) on slow speed until everything is combined, then beat on high for a few minutes until thick, pale and creamy.

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Nearly done! Divide the mixture between your muffin cases and bake for 15 minutes. Test with a skewer or knife after this time to check if they’re ready. When they’re done pop out onto a wire rack to cool.

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Going in…

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…coming out!

The icing

Place the butter, icing sugar and zest into a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy and the graininess of the icing sugar has dissolved. Spread onto the cupcakes once cool and decorate as you please – I used some orange zest, poppy seeds and silver cachous.

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I can’t stress enough how good the citrus is in these muffins. It simply cuts through and will put a lot of other muffins to shame.

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