Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Orange Poppy Seed Mini Muffins



Random Recipes hosted by Dom from Belleau Kitchen celebrates it's 1st birthday this month - congratulations! So Dom has challenged us to cook from the same book we used for our first random recipe challenge. If it's your first time, just cook from any random cookbook. 
Since I was late to the game and have only participated once, I have to cook from the same book which is Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking. I am secretly pleased as this is a great book especially for bakers. However I was also slightly anxious that I would get something from the pastry chapter or pies and tarts.  Fortunately, when I let the book fall open to a random page, I got orange-poppy seed mini muffins  :) Dried cherry-chocolate muffins were on the same page but I went with these as I immediately fell in love with the picture in the book. 
It's a fairly basic recipe which was quick and easy to make. No fancy ingredients or equipment required! I did have to go out and buy poppy seeds as the ones I had in my cupboard had expired last year and I wasn't brave enough to use them. 
I love the look and crunch of poppy-seeds. The muffins were moist and full of citrus flavour. I particularly liked the glaze (you can tell I have a sweet tooth!) but you can leave this out if you wish. 




 soak the poppy seeds in milk for 20 minutes before baking - this helps to enhance and deepen their subtle flavour

 not quite enough batter for my mini muffins... 

 .. as I wanted to make some heart shaped ones as well :) 


 delicious!! 

Recipe is taken from Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking, page 79 
I followed the recipe exactly as no substitutions were required and was very pleased with the final result :) 

22 comments:

  1. These muffins look so tasty. And I absolutely love your little heart-shaped muffin pan.

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    1. Thanks! I love the heart shaped tin too although the muffins overflowed a bit!

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  2. These look gorgeous and so delicious :-) I love the idea of orange and poppyseed. Does the soaking change the texture though, or do they stay crunchy?

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    1. thanks, they really were very good. The poppy seeds were still crunchy after soaking.

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  3. The poppy seed give the heart shaped muffins lots of nice polka dots prints and they look so cute :D

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  4. These look so cute and delicious!

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    1. Thanks. Mini versions always look cute :)

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  5. I agree with you about poppy seeds they are wonderful and so complimentary with citrus. The muffins look glorious. Beautifully fluffy and I love your silicone moulds they're great aren't they. I'd have to eat these muffins with a cream cheese icing for extra naughtiness! Thanks do much for entering this month. I'm so proud to be celebrating my 1st year of the challenge.

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    1. Dom you are a genius! I'll have to make these again with cream cheese frosting!! Congratulations again on a year of a fabulous challenge :)

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  6. Congrats to Dom too :) These look so nice ~ I didn't know you had to soak poppy seed hehe I eat these type of muffins all the time but hahaha i never thought of making them at home :) Should try sometime hehe HAVE AN AMAZING TIME!

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    1. It's the first time I've soaked them and they tasted great!

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  7. Love these - it's been a long time since I've had poppy-seed muffins and I've never had a glaze over them. But I believe the glaze and orange would definitely elevate the muffins - the more the better :)

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    1. The glaze definitely makes it better :) I also like Dom's idea of cream cheese frosting!

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  8. I like the look a lot and they must have a nice texture. I really like the idea of the glaze - it makes them look a little old-fashioned but in a good way.

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  9. I love poppy seeds in cakes and bought a packet a couple of weeks ago but haven't go round to using it yet...no excuse now...thanks for sharing.
    Deb

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    1. Poppy seeds are great in cakes! Hope you will share your bake with us :)

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  10. These look amazing, I could go one right now with a cuppa. I'm intrigued by the idea of soaking the poppy seeds and will have to try that next time. Also, I am head over heels in love with your heart-shaped muffin tray.

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    1. Do try soaking your poppy seeds and let me know what you think :)

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  11. Orange and poppyseed is a delicious combination - I even prefer it over lemon and poppyseed, so these look mouthwatering!

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    1. Very delicious indeed. I usually make lemon and poppyseed but now I'm going to use other citrus flavours :)

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