Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Tangy Orange Glaze

I told you I’d be back with something a wake-me-up, comfort-style recipe!  

Muffins.  Best breakfast ever.  I know, I know.  They’re basically glorified cupcakes.  But they’re so much more than cupcakes.  First of all, there’s generally some sort of fruit in them.  (Fruit=healthy breaky, right?)  Second, you get to warm them up and slather them with butter.  It’s not looked up well if you do that to a cupcake.  Though I’m sure it’d  be pretty dang tasty.  Butter helps all things.  Except acne.  Never put butter on your face.  Please. 

Anyhow.  We’re going to go citrus because it’s February and all things are citrus.  

I go with the flow.  Sometimes.

Then we’re going to throw in a bunch of poppy seeds, because: crunch.  They just make things better.  

Top it all off with a tangy orange glaze, and you have yourselves the best kind of good morning muffin.  Definitely enjoy with a warm cup of something.  It is winter, after all.  (And who doesn’t need a hot coffee in the morn?)

This recipe is adapted from Girl vs Dough (great blog, look around while you’re there).  She made grapefruit muffins, and she made them a bit healthier than I made mine.  (I’m guilty of hardly ever using whole wheat flour – it makes such a healthy tasting final product.  Generally whole wheat baked good that I make taste like dirt.  Nobody likes to eat dirt, amiright?  I eat whole wheat bread.  That’s it guys.  White flour in all the other things.)

I also didn’t use fresh juice.  I didn’t have any.  I’m never prepared.  I only had one egg, so thank goodness I only needed one.  Instead of fresh juice, we use a scoops of frozen orange juice concentrate.  I learned this trick from a dear friend to whose house I was taking these muffins.  I knew she’d appreciate the tang and unpreparedness of my baking.  It’s super easy, and adds such a nice zing.  She makes AMAZING scones using the same method.  Have I mentioned she’s brilliant?  

To the muffins!  You can seriously throw them together in about ten minutes, make the glaze while baking, and enjoy.  Totally doable for a fresh breakfast, or store them, airtight for 3-4 days and heat up for an on-the-run breaky.

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Tangy Orange Glaze
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A winter wake-me-up muffin! Crunch and tang.
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  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  3. 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  4. 2 heaping tsp frozen orange juice concentrate
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 1/2 cups flour
  8. 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1 1/4 cup milk
  1. 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  2. 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  4. 2-3 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
For the Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line or grease 14 muffin cups.
  2. Mix together sugar, vegetable oil, poppy seeds, and orange juice concentrate.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs. Stir well.
  4. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk.
  5. Fill muffin cups level to top.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the middle of the muffins has set.
For the Glaze
  1. Whisk melted butter, icing sugar, vanilla and orange juice concentrate until smooth. Add more icing sugar if too runny, or more orange juice (or milk) if too thick.
  1. You can definitely use a mixer or a wooden spoon to make these! Whatever you prefer.
Adapted from Girl Versus Dough
Adapted from Girl Versus Dough
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Also, if you have any glaze left over, feel free to cut a muffin in half, and drizzle it over the insides too. Please tell me if you do this. I need to know I’m not alone.  *Ahem…

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Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Bread | November 4, 2016 | By

I have done this so many times before.  Made a recipe.  Photographed a recipe.  And then forgotten to post a recipe.  Sometimes I lose the pictures, sometimes the recipe!  It’s not good.  

I am starting to think that I would literally lose my head if it wasn’t attached.  That’s not just a saying.  It’s a real thing.  

I made this for an anniversary party in September.  I think it was September, anyhow.  

It’s equal parts moist, crunchy, sweet, and yummy.  Glazes = the best thing.  Poppy seeds should also go in every form of baked carb.  Breads, muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls even!  I love that extra taste and crunch!  They add a great visual aspect too – they look pretty neat in stuff!

So!  At the time, there was an abundance of zucchini.  I’m guessing most of y’all don’t have an abundance anymore, but you can totally go buy a small one at the store!  Or maybe you were more organized than me and actually managed to shred and freeze some for some winter baking?  

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons
Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

On to the recipe! (As I’m not very wordy today…) See below the recipe for a “wild-girl chase”.

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
A moist quick bread with a poppy seed crunch, sweet mixed with lemon!
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  1. 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1/3 cup sour cream
  8. 2 cups flour
  9. 2 tsp baking powder
  10. 2 cups shredded zucchini
  11. 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  1. 2 Tbsp cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 Tbsp butter, softened
  3. ½ teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 tsp lemon juice
  5. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  6. 3 tablespoons milk, or as needed
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease and flour a standard loaf pan.
  2. Shred your zucchini and let sit in a strainer or pat with paper towel to get some of the moisture out.
  3. Stir together oil and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  4. Add lemon juice, vanilla, salt, and sour cream. Mix until combined. Stir in zucchini.
  5. Add flour, baking powder, and poppy seeds. Don't over-mix. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the top is brown, and the middle is set. (Check with a cake tester - if there is batter stuck to the tester, it could use a few more minutes.)
  7. Let cool on a wire rack, in the pan for at least 20 minutes, then flip out of pan and let cool completely.
  8. While the cake is cooling, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. When the cake has cooled completely, drizzle glaze recklessly on the top.
Adapted from Creme de la Crumb
Adapted from Creme de la Crumb
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Make it, make it!
Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons
Wild-girl Chase
We had a wild-girl chase when I was in the middle of photographing this bread. She gets so excited when someone is chasing her. Heavy, quick breathing, and belly laughs. It’s so cute. 🙂
Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

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