Sweet tooth satisfaction (at home) – Lemon poppy seed muffins

Next Saturday I’ll be hosting an afternoon tea in aid of the Motor Neurones Disease association, as I’ve never made muffins before I wanted to trial out a recipe to make sure that I wasn’t going to have any disasters next week.

I chose lemon poppy seed muffins as I love lemon cakes.  The recipe is from Nigella Lawson’s website, taken from “the muffin lady. Muffins, cupcakes and quick breads for the happy soul” by Linda Fisher.  It was so quick and easy I couldn’t resist sharing it.


(Makes 12 muffins)

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup (or golden syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 cups flour (280g)
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs 1/4 cup oil (like sunflower oil or any other without a distinctive taste)
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine melted
  • 3/4 cup milk

Vanilla and lemon extract is usually available at large supermarkets, I got mine in Selfridges.


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Sieve
  • Fork
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Muffin tray
  • Muffin cases
  • Cup

I was expecting to need my trusty electric whisk and a jug but didn’t need either!


Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 175°C). Combine and sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Make a well and place in it the eggs, oil, butter, milk, lemon juice, syrup, vanilla and lemon extracts. I was a bit worried at this stage of putting all these ingredients together in the well and ending up with a lumpy mix but it does work out OK! I only used about a quarter of a block of butter to get 4 table spoons.

Blend with a fork and then add the poppy seeds. Combine without over mixing. I think due to the mix of ingredients it mixes really easy without lumps or the need for a whisk, I just used a fork and mixed until it looked smooth.

Spoon into a wax paper lined 12 unit muffin pan, bake for 25 minutes. 

Take out the oven and ta dah! Yummy muffins! I think overall it took me about an hour to prepare, bake and wash up, whilst dipping in to Take Me Out in the background.

If you’d like to see more baking recipes on This City Life, like this link and if there’s enough interest I’ll make it a regular feature! I’d be happy to have an excuse for more sweet tooth satisfactions at home.