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
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 :)