Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins #Gluten-free #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

Years ago, when I was writing screenplays, I joined a class where we met on Saturday mornings and read the screenplays out loud. We all took roles in our friends’ works and acted them with flair. Good memories of a fun time when I was truly learning the craft of writing in three acts. Well, every Saturday, we served muffins bought at Costco. At the time, I could still eat gluten, so they were regular flour muffins. My favorite was lemon poppyseed.

Thinking about that time with my pals brought a smile to my face, so I decided to look online for a recipe I could tweak. I found this one on Two Peas andTheir Pod foodie blog and it turned out nicely. 

In her brief description, she said the recipe came from her favorite cookbook: Baking: From My Home to Yours by the fabulous Dorie Greenspan.

By the way, a few weeks ago I made a different muffin, but they stuck to the paper muffin cups. Pooh! So I asked my Facebook friends for tips. We concluded it was a gluten-free issue. Gluten-free flours can be denser and a bit stickier than normal flour. One pal recommended using Pam inside the paper cup. Honestly? Inside? But guess what? I did that for this recipe and it worked.

These muffins are a new go-to for me. Enjoy.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Gluten-free Version

For the muffins:

(Yield: 12)

2/3 cup sugar

grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, divided*

2 cups gluten-free flour *I used sweet rice flour/tapioca flour

1 tablespoon whey powder

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

2 tablespoons poppyseeds (*I keep mine refrigerated)

Lemon Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 

To make the muffins:

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or fit the molds with paper muffin cups.  (*See my tip above about spraying inside the muffin papers.)

In a large bowl, rub the sugar and the lemon zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of the lemon is strong. Whisk in the GF flour, whey powder, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream or Greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and melted butter together until well blended.

Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently stir to blend. Don't overmix. Stir in the poppyseeds. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. (*This was a sticky batter. After I had the cups filled, I wet my fingers and tapped down the batter in each paper cup.)

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold. Cool the muffins completely on the rack before icing them.

To make the icing: 

Put the sifted confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and add about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Stir with a spoon to moisten the sugar, then add enough additional lemon juice, a dribble at a time, to get an icing that is thin enough to drizzle from the tip of the spoon. Drizzle glaze over the muffins. Serve.  (*I needed the full 3 tablespoons.)  And I think drizzling must be an art – at which I’m not adept.  LOL

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Book clubs from all over have descended on Crystal Cove to celebrate the library’s Book Club Bonanza week, and Jenna Hart has packed the Cookbook Nook with juicy reads and tasty cookbooks. But she’s most excited about spending an evening with the Mystery Mavens and their moveable feast, when they will go from house to house to share different culinary treats and discuss the whodunit they’re all reading. It’s all good food and fun for the savvy armchair detectives, until one of the members of the group is found murdered at the last stop on the tour.

As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked.

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  1. Years ago I lived near a supermarket which stocked these muffins regularly--I loved them!

    1. Sheila, there's something about the little crunchiness with lemon that I adored. ~ Daryl

  2. I love these delectable muffins. So tasty, light and perfect. I will be baking them for family. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself today. Oh but these muffins look wonderful. Thank you for sharing the recipe. This book looks like a lot of fun. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net