No. 26: Orange Poppyseed Muffins

This house hunt of ours is getting serious. We have moved from the rental stage to considering a real honest to goodness mortgage.

That is scary, folks. That means commitment. Deciding to get married was nothing compared to this.

We have looked at four properties in the last 48 hours, all completely different in location, price and the level of updating needed. And we have more lined up for the weekend.

Now don't worry. We have little duplex ready to rent down the street, which means we won't be homeless in 45 days.

But the search for a true home is on. We needed an easy to-go breakfast to start our Saturday morning hunt.

Orange Poppyseed Muffins

Cue a delectable treat made from ingredients I had on hand. And the handy muffin cups make for an easy grab and go breakfast.


1 cup cake flour*
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg plus 1 yolk, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and still warm
Zest from 1 orange
1 tablespoon juice from zested orange
1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds

*Regular all-purpose flour is fine

To make

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly grease and flour a standard size muffin tin or line with muffin papers.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the egg and yolk until well combined. Whisk in the sugar, sour cream, and vanilla. Add in the melted butter, pouring in a slow and steady stream, while whisking vigorously.

Add the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and gently fold, being careful not to overmix. Stir in the orange zest, juice, and poppy seeds.


(This is what my kitchen really looks like when I'm cooking.)

Fill muffin wells to 3/4 full. Bake the muffins until puffed and pale golden in color, about 25 minutes.

The results

A terrific recipe! Flavorful and quick. We had a handy muffin breakfast on the run.


Next time, I'll add a tad more zest to this for even more orange flavor, but these were wonderful next to the huge orange slices I had leftover from zesting and slicing.

And now, off for the hunt!

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Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

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