Friday, August 6, 2010

Now That's a Good Muffin: "Savor the Moment" Poppy Seed Muffins!

I have to admit, ever since Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, I can't help but snicker when I hear the word "muffin." White plays Florence Dusty a "rock star in the confectionery world" who can "shake it, break it and sprinkle it" with the best of them! If you missed that episode check out this link and you'll see what I mean.

But I digress, on my recent baking marathon I encountered the "Savor the Moment" recipe for Poppy Seed Bread (pg. 89) which, it turns out, can also be made as muffins. After baking two breads in a row I thought, hey why not mix things up a bit? (I know, how do I come up with these crazy ideas.) Historically, I can't say that I've been the biggest "poppy seed" fan - not that I don't like them but I have never been one to seek them out. Well, let me just tell you, my fellow foodies, these muffins are a revelation! I think it may not have as much to do with the poppy seeds, however, as the delicious flavor combo of almond and vanilla extract and the perfect level of sweetness.

Also contributing to the deliciousness is that after they come out of the oven they are then glazed with a mixture of orange juice, sugar and more almond and vanilla extract - a double whammy of fabulous flavor. I'm not kidding, these muffins are delicious! As tasty as they are though, they aren't the most beautiful muffins I've seen. They browned a bit around the edges but the center stayed a pale, blond color with some cracks and crevices - probably due to my lack of baking acumen but I'm not exactly sure... In any event, you will easily forgive their less than perfect appearance once you bite into one of these, spread with a little (or a lot) of butter. Give them a try this weekend!

XO,



Poppy Seed Bread (you can also make as muffins)
Bread
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons ) unsalted butter, softened
2 1/3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Almond Orange Glaze
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
For the bread, mix the eggs, milk, butter, sugar, poppy seeds and flavorings in a large bowl. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture on cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Divide the batter between 5 greased 5-inch loaf pans or 12 greased muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes for bread or for 20 to 30 minutes for muffins or until a wooden pick inserted n the center comes out clean.
For the glaze, mix the sugar, orange juice and flavorings in a bowl. Pour over loaves or muffins while still warm. Makes five small loaves or one dozen muffins.**

**Baking notes:
- Do not skip the almond extract!
- I sifted my flour before combining with the other ingredients
- I used salted butter and didn't add the full amount of salt
- Baking time for my muffins was 25 minutes
- I actually got 20 muffins from the recipe using standard muffin tins - bonus!

14 comments:

  1. Betty White is fabulous and what a great show that was! I think your poppy seed muffins look pretty. Oops, that didn't sound right (Betty). Anyway, I'm not the greatest baker but I think I could handle these. YUM! ~Leslie

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  2. These sound delicious! And they look fine too, I don't know what your on about girly :)

    I love the idea of drizzling them in that vanilla/almond glaze - will be saving this recipe away for sure

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  3. Hi Stephanie, Thank you so much for joining my blog. I hope you enjoy it.
    Lets visit soon. Kirsten

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  4. I saw that episode - so hilarious and right up there with the Alex Baldwin radio skit.

    If you loved these they must be good! The glaze sounds wonderful. I'm copying this one and the recipe in your last post which looks delicious also!

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  5. These sound too delish to pass up!!! I'm taking note of the recipe!!!Thak you for your sweet words and visiting my little corner of BlogLand. I am following you back... Your blog is delightful!! ...HHL

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  6. wow super cool muffins and love the orange glaze yum thanks for the kind comment on my blog

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  7. I am not a huge poppy seed fan either, but sometimes they add just the right flavor....I do prefer muffins to breads too, just a visual thing I think! Thanks for sharing your poppyseed muffins with us!

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  8. Stephanie...I'm still not a fan of those pesky poppy seeds. I'll only admit to the fact that they make the muffins look maybe more interesting.
    Now...what I'm truly convinced about is that almond orange glaze...yummy.
    If you're serving them by the pool...I'll get my swimsuit ready in the time you say "great muffin".

    Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe,
    Claudia

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  9. Poppy seed muffins are a favorite here--and the glaze sounds wonderful. Our older son arrives for a visit on Sunday--muffins from the oven will be in order.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  10. I can tell you that poppy seed muffins are my husband's favorite so the odds are very good that these will be made! 8-)

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  11. Oh my, these are delightful...What great flavors :)

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  12. I love poppy seed anything! These sound great :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

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  13. I ADORE poppyseed bread. I find the almond in it to be addictive. Your muffins are the cutest.

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  14. Hi Stephanie
    A very glamorous poppy seed muffins.
    I really enjoy the effect they create, so cute.
    Great recipe.
    Wishing you a great week.
    Many thanks for your visit ♥

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