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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Published March 19, 2014 by jenmatteson

A few days ago, I got a wax and facial from my girlfriend who is an esthetician.  It was awesome.  Even better, we drank wine, before, during (mostly me during) and after.  She offered me some snacks after, one being a lemon poppy seed scone.  I’m not typically a pastry person – and it’s definitely not because I don’t like them, but because they are sooo sooo not very good for you.  I like to use up my calories in wine 😛  Anyway, I did have one, and it made me really want to make them.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Clearly, you can see I didn’t make scones, rather muffins.  I thought this would be a slightly healthier option, with a little less butter.   I also substituted apple sauce and extra baking powder for eggs. But, you really can’t hide that full stick of butter in the batter.  Oh well, we must indulge every now and then.  I think I’ll try out the lemon poppy seed scones next time.  My pumpkin scones turned out so well, it’d be too hard not too.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

The lemon zest and juice keep these light and fluffy muffins tasting bright and fresh.  Nate has taken one to work most days for breakfast; I think they are perfect for on the go, snacks or breakfasts!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Source: Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
Servings: Makes 12 large muffins


2/3 cup sugar
grated zest of one lemon
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
juice of one lemon
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (sour cream will work here)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tbsp. poppy seeds


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray muffin tin with oil or place paper muffin cups in molds.

2. In a large bowl, rub sugar and lemon zest together with fingertips until fragrant and sugar is moist.  Whisk in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In another large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, Greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla and butter until well blended.

3. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and gently stir to blend, careful not to over-mix.  Fold in poppy seeds.  Divide batter evenly into muffin tins (I made smaller muffins, not in a mini muffin tin, so they were more reasonably portioned, so it ended up making 18 medium muffins instead of 12 large). *If you like them just a bit sweeter, sprinkle some coarse sugar over the top of the divided batter.

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

Stuffin’ Muffins

Published November 18, 2013 by jenmatteson

Do you ever get your hopes up for some kind of leftovers, only to find out your sig other (or kids) have finished it off without your knowledge?  More on this in a minute.

Sausage and Apple Stuffing bites

Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner.  I generally prefer a vegetable stuffing, but I don’t mind stepping outside the box a little and adding a little sausage.  It’s Nate’s favorite…just ask Momma Marsha 😉  Unfortunately (and fortunately for my waistline) the only time of year that I eat stuffing is on (or near) Thanksgiving – and plus leftovers, if there are any!  I came across this stuffing appetizer recipe in Food and Wine and had to try it.  It’s basically stuffing in a muffin, hence “stuffin’ muffins”!  Lame, I know.

Sausage and Apple Stuffing Bites

I made these for my girlfriend and myself on Halloween to snack on before we enjoyed our spaghetti squash soup with mushrooms.  I loved them, and lucky for me, they didn’t all come out of the muffin pan in one piece.  Seeing as though I couldn’t possible serve non whole muffins, I got to have a small snack before she got there 😛  Between the two of us, we ate about 6 of these suckers, meaning there were ample amounts of leftovers.  I ate two.  Nate polished the rest of them off as a lunch over the weekend 😦  I was sorely disappointed as I counted on one or two on Sunday night, only to have my hopes and dreams dashed when he told me there were no more left.

Sausage and Apple Stuffing Bites

Long story short (too late), I loved these stuffing bites.  I thought the hot turkey sausage was a perfect complement to the sweet-tart apple.  Certainly any kind of sausage would work, pork, turkey, chicken – sweet or spicy.  These would be an excellent appetizer at any party over the holidays.  Everyone loves stuffing!!

Sausage and Apple Stuffing Bites

Sausage-and-Apple Stuffing Bites

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: Makes 24 mini muffins


cooking spray
4 oz white country bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
1/4 cup olive oil salt and pepper
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2/3 cup finely
chopped onion
2/3 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 pound hot Italian turkey sausage (use your favorite sweet or hot sausage, turkey or pork will be fine)
6 cloves garlic
3/4 tsp sage
1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
4 large eggs, beaten
2 tbsp low-sodium chicken broth


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.

2. On a baking sheet, toss the bread with 2 tbsp of olive oil; season with salt and pepper.  Bake for about 10  minutes, until bread is toasted.  Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

3. In a large skillet, melt the butter in the remaining 2 tbsp of oil.  Add onions and celery and cook over moderately  high heat, until golden, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add sausage, garlic and sage, stirring and breaking up the meat, until no pink remains, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add sausage mixture, apple, eggs and broth to croutons and mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed; season with salt and pepper.  Let stand for 5 minutes.

4. Pack the stuffing into the muffin cups and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden and slightly crisp on the top.  Set pan on wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.  Loosen the muffins with a sharp paring knife and left them out.  Serve warm.

Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins

Published July 15, 2012 by jenmatteson

It’s hot.  Really hot.  And what is a good idea when it’s hot?  Baking of course 😉

Right, so not the best of ideas, but I needed to spend some time inside after my insanely hot run this morning.  Plus,  I haven’t baked tried to bake anything in a while.  I had a brown banana I threw in the fridge last week, so I’d had baking on my mind for a few days.  My original intent was to make banana bread with strawberries, so I could use up what I already had.  Plus, I only had one banana and I thought the bread would need a little more flavoring.  Well, the strawberries had seen better days, so they made the fateful trip to my compost bin.  But, I did have blueberries, so I figured, why not throw those in there.  Additionally, I still had a cup of rolled oats from my whole wheat pancakes with oats and strawberries, so why not throw those in the mix too.

I had my loaf pan out, oiled and ready to throw my batter in there, but then it hit me.  We aren’t going to eat an entire loaf of bread before it goes bad, why not make mini muffins and freeze half of them – although my freezer is seriously lacking any extra room right now.  But, I’ve never used my mini muffin pan for making mini muffins, so I figured it was about time.

I went off a basic banana bread recipe I had in my recipe binder, but honestly, I have no idea where it came from.  I tried searching the web, but with no matches.  Anyway, I altered it so much by using more milk, butter instead of margarine, adding oats, blueberries, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.  I guess I really am becoming somewhat of a baker!

The muffins were fluffy and moist, and the blueberry-banana combination with cinnamon was a great touch, though I probably would have added more cinnamon next time.  Speaking of bananas, does anyone think of the Gwen Stefani song whenever you spell it.  “This sh*t is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.”  Yeah, me either.

Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins

Source: Adapted from a banana bread recipe I had in my binder, Author Unknown
Servings: Makes 36 mini muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg (I used egg substitute here)
1/2 cup skim milk
3/4 cup mashed banana (I used one large banana)
1 cup blueberries, separated
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream sugar and butter together.  Add in egg and mix until combined.  Slowly add in dry ingredients.  Once combined, drizzle in milk while the mixer is going.  Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, bananas and 1/2 of the blueberries (I like to add only half of the blueberries now so some are broken and the blueberry flavor infuses the entire muffin, and then fold in the remaining blueberries so they are whole in the muffins).  Fold in remaining blueberries and oats.

3. If using muffin wrappers, place those in the muffin tins.  Otherwise, spray tins with olive oil.  Fill each tin with about 1 tbsp of the batter and bake for 15-17 minutes, until muffin tops are brown and slightly crisp.  Remove from muffin pan and cool on wire rack.

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