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Ode to lemon

(…)So, when you hold
the hemisphere
of a cut lemon
above your plate,
you spill
a universe of gold,
yellow goblet
of miracles,
a fragrant nipple
of the earth’s breast,
a ray of light that was made fruit,
the minute fire of a planet.

Pablo Neruda

Lemon and poppy seeds muffins’

Makes 7:

100 g bread flour
85 g wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder (5 g)
145 g sugar
125 g butter, softened
1 pinch of salt
100 g yogurt
2 eggs
30 ml sunflower oil
15 ml lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
10 g of poppy seeds
Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 190º C.
Grease and lightly sprinkle with flour 7 muffin pans.
Sift the flour with the baking powder.
Beat sugar with butter and salt until mixture becomes light and creamy.
In another bowl, beat eggs with oil and lemon juice.
Add the egg mixture to the butter in 3 times, beating well.
Mix the lemon zest and poppy seeds.
Add the flour and mix quickly, only to connect all the ingredients.
Pour the batter into the forms to fill ¾ of its height.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out dry.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Let the muffins cool slightly in the pans, unmold and cool completely on a cooling rack.


21 Responses to “Ode to lemon”

  1. dawn em 9 March, 2010

    too pretty to eat.

  2. spice and more em 9 March, 2010

    They look delicious…and pretty healthy with only 30ml of oil. I love lemons too~!

  3. Dimitra em 9 March, 2010

    Your recipes and photos are always amazing! Thanks for sharing!…

  4. pity em 10 March, 2010

    what a delight! photos are excellent, as always, and your recipe simply delicious, viva Neruda! besos desde londres

  5. Giuliana em 18 March, 2010

    Such an interesting recipe \*O*/!
    A few days ago I looked for a lemon muffins’ recipe, but I didn’t find anything I was interested to. And now…I visited your blog because I was curious…and I’ve found this wonderful version ^__^!
    I’ll add your website to the list of my favourite foodblog ;)!
    See you soon :D

  6. Nic em 19 March, 2010

    Those look too good to eat, great photos as always!

  7. Heather em 26 March, 2010

    I’ve just recently come to know your blog and am in love. I can’t wait to try these.

  8. Jane em 27 March, 2010

    These are the most beautiful lemon poppyseed muffins I’ve ever seen. I love the simplicity and the shape. And, as a big fan of Pablo Neruda’s poetry, I appreciate the inclusion of his poem as well.

    All so lovely!

  9. Wélida em 15 April, 2010

    Simplesmente amei!

  10. Lutik em 19 April, 2010

    They are delicious! Thank you for the recipe)

  11. Yung em 22 April, 2010

    What happened to this website? Has it gone dormant. There is no new recipe since March. It’s sad. I like all the work so far.

  12. pity em 24 April, 2010

    mouthwatering recipe, i love love everything with lemon, deliciosos! besitos desde londres

  13. Anna em 18 May, 2010

    This looks so good! I love Lemon and poppyseed anything :)

  14. Barbara em 25 May, 2010

    Truer words were never written.
    Your muffins are divine.

  15. Margaret em 10 June, 2010

    Are you taking a break from the English version of your website? I miss your posts!! I try to translate the Portuguese from your facebook page but somehow…it’s not the same. Hope to see something new from you soon here…your work is amazing!!!

  16. Pecados da Mesa em 15 June, 2010

    Hummmm que delícia seus muffins!!!

    Maria Paula -BRASIL-

  17. Luana M. em 19 June, 2010

    Nossaaaaaa, amei esse blog!

    Tu tem cara de brasileira, então perguntarei em Português “mermo”:

    O que é Poppy seed? É papoula?

    Essa receita eu testarei!

    Você assou o bolo na assadeira comum e depois cortou com o cortador redondo?

    Teu blog é maravilhoso! Parabéns!


  18. Elga em 3 July, 2010

    A timeless classic, made even better by your Ode and your shots!

  19. ellen em 28 July, 2010

    love love love your blog and can’t wait for you to come back!!

  20. Kirsten em 28 July, 2010

    Where have you run off too? we miss you!

  21. Vic and Ver em 6 August, 2010

    Those look absolutely delicious. And poppyseed and lemon are great together.

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