Happy first day of fall! What could be more appropriate than some comfort food* baking?
*Assuming, of course, that you, like all normal human beings, consider tea to be comfort food.
Fact: I am a novice baker who fancies herself a bit of a Martha Stewart in the kitchen. Dream big, right? :) But this summer, I've been baking more than usual and I'm starting to feel a bit more confident. And now that classes have started again, and with them our weekly Create society meetings [for which cake is, naturally, a must], I have a weekly excuse to get out my supplies and keep learning/practicing/stuffing my face.
This week I made the Earl Grey muffins I found here a while back. [By the way, Meredith's blog is a fun read for her laid-back, cozy vibe and adorable photos. My friend Megan got me turned onto it! :) ] Anyway, I had made these muffins before while my sister was here, but I used the wrong kind of flour and they turned out dense like little rocks. Little nutella-covered boulders. Not ideal in a muffin, if we're honest.
These ones were bigger and better! I realized that it is nearly impossible to get your hands on poppy seeds in this country. I tried lots of supermarkets and a couple health food stores and they were nowhere to be found! :( Do i look like the kind of person who has an opiate substance-abuse problem and needs to be kept away from poppy seeds?? Apparently. So I added copious amounts of lemon zest into the mix to make up for the lack of seeds. I think it added a nice subtle citrus-y taste. However, they still came out a bit denser than I would have liked. Has anyone had a similar muffin problem? Is it because they stayed in the oven too long? Please, muffin people, answer my call!
The original recipe can be found here.
I also used scrunched up squares of baking paper to line them and I really like how it makes them look. So cute and bundled up. :)