I’ve always been curious to know just how accurate the episode of Seinfeld where Elaine fails a drug test due to eating some a poppy seeds was. Turns out, it’s pretty accurate. So, fair warning, if you got a trip to Africa scheduled, don’t even think about eating these muffins. You’ll be missing the experience of a lifetime. And no muffin is worth that—even if they’re as light and fluffy of these little gems turned it to be.
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- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 2 lemons, zest of, grated
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄3 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter and room temperature
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk or 1⁄2 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 late 90s emo album of your choice (I went with Saves The Day’s, “Can’t Slow Down“)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 3 x 4 muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (that includes the lemon zest) and set aside.
- Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy.
- Add the egg yolks, one at a time, until thoroughly combined.
- With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the dry ingredients, buttermilk, and vanilla. Mix until just combined. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form (5 – 6 minutes)
- Gently fold them into the batter until completely combined.
- Spoon batter (I used a spring release ice cream scoop) into prepared muffin tin. Each cup should be about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 22 – 25 minutes.
- Cool for 5 minutes on wire baking rack.
- Enjoy your trip to the Dark Continent!