I could argue that the very foundation of Joy the Baker is this recipe for Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins. Taking it aaaalll the way back to 2009 when I stumbled upon the wonder’s of browned butter and juicy baked blueberries. You loved them. I loved them so much they made it into my first cookbook and 13 very delicious years later, here we are making a teeny tiny small batch muffin recipe – equally perfect but now reflective of the fact that I’m in my 40’s and will tolerate less nonsense, less leftovers, and less frivolous people eating my perfect muffins.
We’ve gone pretty far down the road in this micro-batch baking journey and I’m showing no signs of tiring. I’m going to gather a serious collection of these recipes into a little paperback cookbook for you at some point soon. Until then, I’ll be setting Facebook alight with micro-batch baking controversy because I have the audacity to turn on my oven to bake a single cinnamon roll.
Here’s your weekend recipe/ afternoon snack/ midnight nosh. It’s the perfect amount of Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin for you and you, or you and yours.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this small batch muffin recipe:
• all-purpose flour, though a gluten-free flour blend like Cup4Cup will also work wonderfully!
• baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt in small amounts
• granulated sugar
• lemon zest and lemon juice
• melted salted butter plus plenty of room temperature salted butter for smearing on the warm muffins
• one large egg yolk
• a couple tablespoons of buttermilk
• vanilla extract
• poppy seeds
• powdered sugar for a quickie glaze
• optionally, you could add a small handful of blueberries or skip the poppy seeds and add chocolate chips. (I’m a weird person who likes lemon and chocolate together.)
We want all the lemon flavor we can coax into these two muffins. Start with granulated sugar and lemons in a medium bowl. We’ll use our fingers to rub the lemon zest into the sugar creating a fragrant flavorful sugar thanks to the lemon essential oils.
Whisk an egg yolk and melted butter (or oil if you’re trying to avoid dairy) into the lemon sugar.
In a small bowl whisk together the remaining wet ingredients – we’re talking: buttermilk, lemon juice, and a splash of vanilla extract.
And if you want to skip the dairy, add any milk alternative you prefer.
Sprinkle the dry ingredients across the sugar mixture and give it all a good stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
Stir until the dry ingredients are just combined but still visible before adding the wet ingredients and poppy seeds. Fold to combine. (Here’s where you’d also fold in fresh blueberries or raspberries, or chocolate chips if you wanted to go wild! This is a choose your own adventure small batch muffin recipe.)
Now the question is – are you a paper liner person? Line two cups of a muffin pan with paper liners, or spray them with a spritz on non-stick baking spray. Dollop and divide the batter (it’ll be thick!) between the two cups. The cups will feel full but that’s right – we want to baked big, beautiful, domed muffins.
Bake in the upper third of the oven, rotating the pan once during baking if needed, until golden around the edges and just firm through the center.
We’ll remove the baked muffins from the pan just as soon as they don’t burn our fingerprints clear off. Make a quick lemon glaze and drizzle the warm muffins. The glaze is optional though if you have a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar in the pantry, it’s highly encouraged. Sprinkle with a few more poppy seeds just to be extra. Split each warm muffin and slather with salted butter.
And sure – it’s hard to eat just one or two muffins but that’s all we baked, babes.
Below you’ll find my ideal small batch muffin recipe AND I’m a huge fan of everything in the lemon poppy seed genre. You too? Here’s how:
• Lemon Poppy Seed Bars – lemon bars, plus!
• Lemon Poppy Seed Breakfast Rolls – just imagine the cinnamon rolls of your dreams without the cinnamon
• Lemon Poppy Seed Old Fashioned Doughnuts – fried, no-yeast, buttermilk doughnuts with a tender lemon scented crumb and lemon glaze – they’re BEYOND.Print
How To Make Two Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 18 minutes
- Total Time: 28 minutes
- Yield: 2 muffins 1x
- Category: breakfast, brunch
A teeny tiny batch of lemon poppy seed muffins for you and your sweetie or you and you. Enjoy warm from the oven with a drizzle of lemon glaze and a big smear of softened salted butter.
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon or so of lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons melted salted butter, plus more room temp butter for serving
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A teaspoon or so of poppy seeds
For the Glaze:
- A few big spoonfuls of powdered sugar
- A teaspoon or so of fresh lemon juice
- A few sprinkles of poppy seeds
- Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two holes of a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Great job.
- In a small bowl rub together sugar and lemon zest until fragrant. Whisk in the butter and egg yolk.
- In a small measuring cup whisk together buttermilk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
- Measure the dry ingredients on top of the butter mixture and stir together with a spatula until just barely combined. Stir in the buttermilk mixture along with poppy seeds. That’s your muffin batter – stir until no lumps or dry patches remain.
- Spoon into two muffin cups – it’ll feel full but that’s encouraged. Bake for 16 -18 minutes until cooked through. Allow to cool until just warm.
- Whisk together a quick glaze to your desired consistency. Drizzle over the warm muffins and serve with salted butter.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 390
- Sugar: 26g
- Sodium: 193.6mg
- Fat: 14.7g
- Saturated Fat: 8.5
- Trans Fat: 0.5g
- Carbohydrates: 59.6g
- Fiber: 1.3g
- Protein: 6.3g
This is what I need. Every time I crave a small dessert I wish I need not make a dozen of them and binge on the extra muffins and later feel guilty about eating them all. I made them and am in heaven. Thanks this is such help for folks like me.
Joy, your microbatch baking has been all I can bake for the past few weeks. And totally worth it to turn on the whole (yes the whole dang regular) oven even in the summer heat.
As someone who’s going through a bit of a mental health crisis, in part due to accepting a state of perpetual singledom, these small batch recipes are such a comfort. Thank you :-)
As for the recipe itself, excellent work. The right balance of sweet, tart, and a great crumb.
Hi Espy, I’m taking care of comments while Joy is on her mini tour. I’m glad you found comfort in this recipe and I genuinely hope for better days ahead for you. Carry on and keep baking, friend : )
Really delicious recipe
I have a lemon chocolate chip cookies recipe that I love. They do play well together. Think I pulled out of a Mrs. Fields cookbook some years ago.
I love these small batch recipes! I’ve been doing this myself for years but I’m happy to let someone else do the math. :) And omg, those fb comments! Wait until they hear that I regularly turn on my oven to bake HALF of a frozen pizza. What do people think happens when you live alone and need to cook something?
Small batch baking feels like an Easy Bake oven for adults! Love it! Can’t wait for the cookbook.
I made the small patch of “Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins”…deliciously moist, good flavor, and yummy! I’ll be making them again. It’s just the two of us now, kids grown, being able to make a small batch of anything is a treat! Thanks!
Joy, I love the idea of micro baking for portion control. I also can’t wait for the collection to be gathered into a book! Sign me up!!
Always looking for small batches of anything,I make alot of low sodium food for myself
I love these small batch recipes and you can ABSOLUTELY have my money for a small batch cookbook! Thanks for fighting the good fight.