Near my home is a lovely European bakery. It has been there for many years and I have been going there since I can remember. I have many memories of this bakery.
The first slice of cake I ever had came from this bakery. It was a vanilla cake with mocha frosting. I can't say that I remember it but I've heard that I enjoyed it. Needless to say, after that simple grocery store cakes and ice cream cakes just didn't cut it. I had to have their cake.
On my 18 birthday, I could not decide what cake I wanted. The kind people at that bakery cut half chocolate mousse and half a chocolate cake covered in nuts to put them together. I will never forget that cake.
I love every pastry at this bakery but by far my most favourite thing are the muffins. Delicious buttery muffins, that aren’t too sweet, and have crunchy tops. My favourite type of muffin is the poppy seed one. I have always loved poppy seeds.
I remember one morning when I was blessed enough to have a fresh muffin still warm from the oven. It was one of my best experiences ever.
Sadly a few months ago this bakery closed without warning. I was depressed by the fact that I will never get to have one of their delectable poppy seed muffins again.
These muffins were made in memory of that bakery. They may not be quite as delicious but you won't regret eating them.
They're made with fresh orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla. The combination makes them taste somewhat reminiscent of a creamsicle but I assure you that with the addition of crunchy delightful poppy seeds they are even better.
Vanilla Orange Poppy Seed Muffins
½ cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
½ tbsp orange zest
Juice from half a navel orange
1 tsp vanilla
A few cut up pieces of orange (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400°F
In a large bowl whisk together flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds
In another bowl beat together egg, milk, and oil. Add zest, juice, and vanilla then beat until combined
Fold wet ingredients into the dry mixture until just combined. Toss in the orange pieces if using.
Divide batter among muffin tins
Bake muffins for 15-20 minutes until tops are golden brown
Hi there! My name is Kat I am a 24 year physical education student from Calgary. I have a degree in Kinesiology, am a certified yoga teacher, and teach ice skating. I love to figure skate and bake healthy delicious things!