Matt’s brother and his partner have the world’s most prolific lemon tree…I was going to say in their backyard, but well…it’s in their neighbours backyard! But anything hanging over your side of the fence is legally yours. Did you know that? There’s actually a fruit tree bounty law. Last time we visited them in the big smoke I came home with a big bag o’ lemons. And they casually remarked that just the day before they picked forty lemons off the tree, which still looked laden to me! See: prolific. So what’s a girl to do but get baking…
Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins
3 cups self-raising flour
3 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Zest of two lemons
140g butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 cup icing sugar
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius, line muffin pan with baking papers squares (I cut mine roughly 15cm x 15cm). Sift flour and combine with poppy seeds, bicarb soda and salt in a bowl.
Beat butter, sugar and lemon zest together until creamed. Add in one egg at a time and beat until combine. Reduce to low speed and add in half a cup of dry mixture, followed by half a cup of yogurt, continue mixing on low speed and adding half a cup of each until combined. Try not to overwork as your muffins won’t be soft and fluffy!
Spoon into your muffin pans, bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden and a skewer comes out clean. While they’re baking, combine icing sugar and lemon juice, drizzle on muffins after they’re cooled.
Lemon anything is my thing. I love love love my lemons. I’m sure that adding lemon is proven to make anything 78% better. Possibly 79%. If only my own lemon tree would start producing more fruit…sigh. I’m lucky to get a few very small, very hard, barely recognisable as ‘lemons’. Hmph. I know citrus are very hungry so I should perhaps be feeding it more…and we all know what Matt should probably be doing on it.
Do you love lemon anything too?
Got a prolific branch dangling over your back fence?
Tips for my lemon tree?