Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


I had high hopes.

I have been looking for Meyer lemons ever since I first heard of them about a year ago, and this weekend as Juliet & I cruised the aisles at Trader Joe’s, I found them at last.

Meyer lemons

I bought two bags. Then I came home and combed the web looking for reasonably healthy recipes. I thought this one for Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins was perfect, if I swapped out half the butter for yogurt. I was wrong.

I started by attempting to cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, and yogurt.

butter, sugar, eggs, yogurt

It didn’t go so well. I’m used to a texture difference when I use yogurt, and I’ve never had a problem with it before, but something was just OFF this time.

bad mixing

I forged onward. I added the lemon juice next, and the lemon zest, although the recipe didn’t actually say to add the zest. It said I’d need zest, so I zested, but then didn’t include it anywhere in the directions. I put it in anyway.

adding zest

The texture didn’t really improve.

I was supposed to just add the dry ingredients to the big bowl, but I whisked them together first, separately: whole wheat white flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds.

dry ingredients

And then I added them to the first mixture.

adding dry ingredients

I stirred just enough to combine, without overmixing, and got a very traditional-looking batter. I was relieved.


I started to get nervous again while I was filling the muffin cups. I was about halfway through the tray when I realized I was not going to have enough batter for 12 muffins, unless I made shrimpy little sad ones, which did not match the lovely photos in the recipe I was using. In the end, I got nine.

batter in tray

After baking for about 18 minutes, they looked pretty good. They smelled good too.


Sadly, they’re just not that great. They’re not very fluffy, they have a nice tang but nothing texture-wise to recommend them. I was sad that I wasted my precious Meyer lemons on these, and I think if I try for lemon poppy muffins again, I’ll use the recipe I already love and just swap out the lemons.

Not quite a muffin fail, but definitely not a success. I guess that’s why I call this blog Adventures In Baking. Sometimes, they’re misadventures.

(Things got worse, after that, but I’ll save that for the next entry.)

MEYER LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS — maybe you’ll have better luck

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