Saturday, July 9, 2011

Proud Lime 'N' Poppy Seed Muffins served on Lime Coasters

This time around I played with two of my all time favorite baking ingredients - Limes and Poppy seeds (Unlikely heroes in my short baking history) . 

In summers they are like magical coolers which can soothe you from inside out. It has been quite long since I baked my last cake and this time craved to have cool cake { Literally ;-) & Otherwise } . 

So after some brainstorming, decided to add zest and juice of fresh limes and a handful of poppy seeds to the batter. The muffins were rocking - in taste, texture and looks of course. Pack each muffin in a foil to avoid crumbling and you are all set with a homemade snack on the weekend vacation. 

Relish cool muffins out in the bright sunny days and pat your back too, did it again !!!!!!

Muffins on Lime Coasters !

1 Lime, for grated zest and its juice
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter
2 tbsp poppy seeds

For the Icing (Optional)
3/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tbsp fresh lime juice + zest
1 tsp poppy seeds

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Butter a your muffin pan, alternatively line with paper muffin cups.
In bowl mix the sugar and zest of limes together with a blender until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of lime is strong.
Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the lime/sugar mixture and combine well.
In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lime juice and melted butter together, until well blended.
At this stage mix the liquid ingredients with dry ingredients and blend well for a short duration.  
Stir in the poppy seeds, blend again for a short duration.
Pour the batter evenly among the muffin moulds.  
Bake for ~ 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a thick knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.

Its fun to wait and watch Muffins !!!

Carefully remove each muffin from its mold and place on a wire rack to cool down.

Enjoy warm or not so warm after the shoots.....!

All set to enjoy the little bites with my shot of espresso........!!!!!!!!

                                                 Love these Cute Muffins.....!!!!!!!! 

(and did you notice , I did 3 different sizes of muffins)

Either sprinkle immediately with fine sugar, or cool the muffins completely on the rack before doing icing them. 

In a bowl, whisk cream cheese, sugar, lime juice + zest and poppy seeds. Put this mixture in a ziplock bag and decorate as you like.

                           A Proud Lime 'N' Poppy seed Muffin. 

                                    was Scrumptious !!!!!!!!!

Enjoy warm and soft muffins with lime and poppy seeds with evening tea !!

Thank you so much for being here and stay tuned for more exciting recipes !

Much Love, 
 Sonia !

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