We have about another six weeks of fall before winter arrives. Why can't those colorful leaves hang around and wait until winter gets here? November seems to quickly go from peak to meek! This beautiful maple is at the end of our driveway. The photo was taken yesterday. So far, few leaves have fallen to the ground beneath. Soon, though!
Surprisingly, there were a few roses in bloom beside the house. They needed to come inside because temperatures were going to drop during the evening and overnight. We also cut herbs and emptied flower pots.
The thought of having a lemon poppy seed muffin seemed to warm the day and I pulled out a favorite recipe card. One that is bent and stained. There's no notation as from where it came. It came long before one ever thought about sharing it through blogging and giving appropriate credit to the source. I am sure it came from a favorite source--a friend or a food magazine. I used to carry cards with me just in case I ran into a recipe I thought I'd like to try. The muffins are light, lemony and delicious!
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, separated
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
Zest of 1 large lemon
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 and coat muffin tin with cooking spray or use paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, poppy seeds and the lemon zest.
4. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until just mixed.
5. In a clean bowl with clean beaters, beat the the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold them into the batter until blended.
6. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the tops with sugar crystals if desired.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.