Thursday, February 24, 2011

poppy seed muffins! .. or bread

I am in heaven and I won't tell you how much of this I have eaten in the last week.  I baked it twice!

Axel and I have been making a list of things we are missing ... so far we've tallied up "the Kids," cherry pie, a really good chinese and a burger with the works (that's mine, not his).  Funnily enough, Poppy Seed muffins missed that list ... not sure how - they were my breakfast staple along with a non-fat triple-tall latte with a hint of raspberry (or peppermint or almond) for years! Well I can promise you this fixed that with this recipe ... now if I could just solve the good home-made latte thing ...


1-1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350F / 175F.  Grease two 5"x9" loaf pans.
  2. Beat together milk, eggs, almond extract and oil.
  3. Add in sugar, flour, baking powder and salt and beat for 2 minutes.  Stir in poppy seeds.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the pans and bake for 45-60 minutes (depending on your oven).  Remove from oven as soon as a toothpick comes out clean.  For muffins you'll have to check but I'm guessing about 20-25 minutes.  I like the bread because it keeps fresher and makes for a smaller portion.
  5. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.
  6. This freezes well if wrapped in a double layer of aluminum foil.  Defrost at room temperature before serving.
The verdict:  we loved them!  Axel says they taste just as good if not better than Costco poppyseed muffins!
So the recipe credit?  Well, I changed a recipe that had been "adapted from Mary Engelbreit's Fan Fare" recipe book.  For starters I cut the sugar down from 2-1/2 cups (!!!) to 1-1/2 cups.  I have a firm rule about sugar and nearly always half any recipe I get ... but in my opinion the sugar should never be close to the quantity of flour - yikes!  I also left out the vanilla - actually I forgot it the 2nd time and noticed no difference.  I also cut back a tad on the oil and upped the poppy seeds!

1 comment:

  1. I agree on the burger with the works thing! Sad when Mcdonalds' burgers excite me. I also miss Taco Bell and refried beans...and Costco sized sour cream, mini bagels (or bagels in general), English muffins, and of course bottomless fries and unlimited refills...


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